When you think of the differences in water, you probably think of flat versus sparkling, spring versus mineral, or filtered versus tap. But there’s a water difference you should be a bit more concerned with — hard versus soft. You should want to have soft water running through your pipes since it’s better for your home and health, but most homeowners don’t know the difference between the two. That’s why we’re here to tell you what signs indicate you have hard water.
What Is Hard Water?
In short, hard water is water with a high mineral count. While the minerals themselves aren’t always bad for you, their sediments could be carrying dangerous bacteria that could be harmful to your health.
Signs You Have Hard Water
1 -Funny Taste or Smell
Tap water that smells or tastes off is usually the first sign you have hard water. If it has a metallic taste, it could have too much iron in it. If it smells like rotten eggs, it could mean there’s a lot of sulfur in the water.
2 – Mineral Buildup on Fixtures
If you constantly find buildup on your faucets and other water fixtures, that’s usually a sign that a high amount of minerals are passing through your water. This can leave gross markings on your fixtures and make them hard to use.
3- Dry, Itchy Skin
The minerals in hard water can leave deposits and residue on your clothes or even on your skin itself which can cause irritation and discomfort.
4- Scratchy Clothing
Hard water minerals can age your clothing faster than normal, leaving you with dull colors and itchy materials.
5 – Shorter Life of Your Water Heater
If you’re always repairing your water heater or replacing it more often than you think you normally should, the minerals in your water might be at fault since they can build up on your heating element and cause more wear-and-tear.
The solution to hard water lies in a whole-home water softening system that filters out those annoying minerals.The water treatment experts at Ace Solves It All have the training and experience necessary to perform all matters of water softening services. Plus, not only do we expertly install and replace these systems, but we also provide maintenance and repair services. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (407) 850-4900.