Major Signs of a Hard Water Problem in Your Home

Major Signs of a Hard Water Problem in Your Home

When you’ve just moved home, you may immediately have a suspicion that something isn’t quite right with your water. Hard water has a high mineral count that sounds relatively harmless. Unfortunately, hard water can cause real problems inside homes, particularly for a new homeowner who may not be familiar with these issues. USGS research suggests that 85% of homes in the U.S are supplied with hard water. So, here we’ll explore major signs that you have a hard water problem in your home.

Water has a Funny Taste or Smell

Strange odors or tastes is the first clue of a water conditioning issue. It is a sign that you not only have hard water, but also some form of bacterial contamination. For example, water with a metallic taste is likely to have too much iron, while a rotten egg smell is likely to be the result of naturally occurring hydrogen sulfide gas or magnesium reacting bacteria causing sulfates. No one enjoys drinking water that has a bad flavor or taste, but this can be just the start of the problems.

Strange Stains

Reddish or brown stains on your plumbing fixtures can not only look unsightly, but be an embarrassment when you have visitors. Hard water is the likely culprit for this issue, specifically a high iron content. You may notice that the stains look like rust spots and they could be due to rusty pipes. While you can spend some time scrubbing these stains and using vinegar solutions, until you fix your hard water issues, they will keep reappearing.

Your Shower Experience Suffers

For many of us a shower helps us start our day or wash away our stresses, so when your shower time starts to suffer, it can have a massive impact. Hard water minerals react badly with soap, making it harder to lather. This can affect soaps, shower gels, and even shampoo. Additionally, hard water can make it harder to wash off your soap, so you can be left with a film of residue on your skin and hair. You notice that your skin feels dry and itchy or your hair is dull and hard to manage. If you have younger children in your household, you may find eczema becomes a problem. Hard water exposure has been linked to an increased risk for elementary school age children to develop eczema, and it can worsen symptoms in existing cases.

You Can’t Get Your Clothes Clean

Hard water can also have a negative impact on your laundry. Once again, this is due to the relationship between hard water minerals and detergent. The soap is needed to wash away dirt, but when it is not adequately rinsed away, it can allow soil build up to increase on your clothes. When your clothes are washed in hard water, they can not only wear out faster, but also feel dingy and scratchy. Even if you buy detergent formulated for hard water, you’re likely to have to use hotter water and more detergent that can damage your clothes. Research shows that if you have hard water, you’ll use four times more detergent than washing in soft water. Additionally, your clothing will be at risk of the iron stains and yellowing.

Hard water can cause a number of problems around the home, including premature wear of water using appliances. Fortunately, these issues can be resolved with a water softener, eliminating hard water minerals before they can create problems around your home.

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