Many areas have a water supply that is less than optimal for our daily needs. The water supplied to our homes has been cleaned to a basic level, but certain contaminants could still be present. Hard water can be a source of a number of issues that can have a detrimental effect on our lives. There are many effective water treatment options available to treat these types of problems, but before any steps are taken, it’s a good idea to test your water. Here are four good reasons why you should test your water for purity and hardness.

1. Hard Water Affect Your Skin and Hair

Hard water is known to be hard on your skin and hair during washing. This is because the minerals that cause hard water are hard to rinse off your skin. Deposits of calcium and magnesium then dry and leave you with dry and/or itchy skin. These deposits also dry on your hair after washing, and this can leave it feeling dull and brittle. When the hardness minerals are removed rinsing is much easier, and your skin and hair will feel much better.

2. Hard Water Makes Detergent and Soap Less Effective

Detergents and soaps are far less effective when used with hard water. It will take much longer and more soap is required to achieve a lather. Using extra soap and detergent will cost more, and over time this can add up to a significant amount. When you use softer water for laundry you will be able to wash on a cooler cycle and far less detergent will be needed. Clothes washed in soft water won’t have mineral deposits trapped in the fibers making them feel softer and more likely to last longer.

3. Hard Water is Hard on Your Water Using Appliances

There are a number of minerals that cause hardness in water, but calcium and magnesium are the most common. These minerals are carried into your home, and they leave a deposit of minerals on each surface they pass through. This includes areas, such as pipes, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and water heaters. Appliances represent a significant investment, and it makes sense to take care of them. Over time, hard water will lead to an accumulation of lime and scale in your plumbing and appliances. As this builds up the efficiency and lifespan of your plumbing and appliances will be affected. You may notice that the washing machine cycles take longer and the results are less than optimal. Repairs may become commonplace and an earlier than anticipated replacement may be needed. Soft water is kinder to your plumbing and appliances, and the energy efficiency will be improved.

4. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

Water is a highly effective solvent and with sufficient time it can dissolve a wide variety of materials. Many of these substances may still be present even after treatment at your municipal water treatment plant. This could include contaminants, such as chemicals, chemical byproducts, minerals, inorganic salts, pesticides, and other pollutants. This is often referred to as TDS, and it cannot be detected without water testing.