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5 Signs Your Home Has Hard Water

faucet covered in mineral scale

Think the water coming from your home tap is pure? Think again.

Many homes across Connecticut suffer from hard water, whether they realize it or not. “Hard’ water contains high levels of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. While it poses no direct threat to our health, hard water is known to cause other problems. Read below to learn how you can tell if your home has hard water.

  1. Soap scum and residue

The mineral content in hard water frequently solidifies on surfaces in the form of soap scum, water spots, and residue. This can appear on freshly washed dishes, in the sink, on your faucets, or even as a thin film on your shower door.

  1. Your clothes and dishes aren’t clean

Hard water compromises the cleaning ability of soaps and detergents. You will often find that you need to use hotter water and more soap to get your clothes and dishes completely clean. Some manufacturers even recommend using up to four times more detergent if you have hard water.

  1. Hair and skin feel dirty after showering.

Hard water affects your shampoo and body wash the same way it affects other soaps and detergents. Not only does showering in hard water make your soap less effective, the mineral content may irritate and dry out your skin.

  1. Your appliances break down quickly.

Minerals found in hard water can accumulate in your plumbing system and water fixtures in the form of sediment. This makes appliance such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers become less energy-efficient and more likely to breakdown. You may need to drain your water heater once every year to remove the sediment.

  1. Suspicious look, odor, or taste to your water.

If the mineral concentration is high enough, you may be able to detect hard water just by tasting, smelling, or looking at it. Hard water is often characterized by a trace of chlorine, metal, or sulfur – depending on where you live and the minerals in your water supply.

Do you have hard water?

There’s good news – hard water is a problem which can be solved. Tri-City offers professional water treatment services to homeowners throughout southern Connecticut. Trust our experts to equip your home with a state-of-the-art water filtration system so you can enjoy the experience of clean, crisp water on demand. Contact us online or call (203) 303-5700 to get started with a free consultation.