In the United States, almost 90 percent of residences have hard water. While most people have heard the term “hard water,” many Americans don’t know which signs they should be on the look out for in their homes. Homes which have hard water can treat the water to prevent the need to have costly repairs to their plumbing.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has high levels of dissolved minerals. Some of the most common minerals found in hard water are calcium and magnesium carbonates. Water picks up these minerals when it passes through limestone and chalk deposits. While hard water is not harmful to people, in fact, some people believe it may have health benefits; these additional minerals aren’t good for machinery in a home or business.
Five Signs of You May Have Hard Water
If you notice any of these five signs, you should test your water to see if it is hard:
Reduced water pressure or water flow rate. In as little as 18 months, lime scale can clog the shower faucets in your home enough to reduce the flow of water to just one-quarter of the original rate. Look at the holes on your shower head for any indication they are blocked. You may also run your finger around the inside of your water faucet to check for a white grit which is caused by limescale.
Dry, scratchy skin and clothing. If you recently moved and you notice your skin feels rougher or itch more often, it may be due to hard water. The high levels of minerals in hard water are difficult to thoroughly rinse away. These minerals can remain on your clothes or skin and cause irritation.
Low level of soap suds. Hard water does not allow soap and detergent to foam as much as softer water does. If it is almost impossible to produce bubbles from your shampoo, you have hard water.
White spots on glasses, plates and your shower curtain. This soap scum is a clear sign you need to have a professional check your water. For the same reason why you may feel itchy from a shower with hard water, these spots form when excess minerals remain behind after washing.
Water takes a long time to heat up. Having to wait longer than normal for the water to heat up may be a clue hard water has already damaged your water heater. Once limescale builds up enough on the surface of the element of your water heater, it will fail, and you will need to replace it.
Do you need help battling your home’s hard water? At Crawford Mechanical Services, we offer a full range of commercial and residential plumbing services. Whether you want to install a water heater or just need an expert to fix that leaking faucet for once and for all, Crawford Mechanical Services is here for you. Call us at 614-478-9424 to schedule an appointment today.