Hard water is the name for water that possesses a high level of minerals. It is found in many different geographical areas across the country, and can be a huge problem for people’s plumbing over a long period of time. Though not technically dangerous to humans (most dangerous chemicals are filtered out of the water supply by the city) hard water is still capable of damaging your home’s plumbing. Let’s take a look at the different warning signs that you have a hard water problem, and what to do about it.
Damage to Kitchenware
Hopefully, everyone washes their plates, glasses, and silverware after eating. That means that whether you’re using a dishwasher or washing by hand, there’s a chance you’re exposing your kitchenware to hard water. The typical signs that hard water has damaged your kitchenware include fogging in your glasses, stains on plates, and spots on silverware. If you notice any damage accumulating on your plates, glasses, and silverware, especially after washing them, then you probably have a hard water problem.
Damaged Plumbing Fixtures
Another really common place to find hard water damage is on your faucets and shower heads. Any device that regularly distributes water can have mineral deposits build up on it from repeated exposure to hard water. These deposits often look like a white, chalky crust around the outside of the faucet or shower head, and are referred to as “lime scale.” Lime scale can cause a great deal of damage if it is allowed to build up in your plumbing, eventually even causing blockages and ruptures. If you notice this substance on your plumbing fixtures, you should call a plumber to take a look at your water’s mineral content.
Dried Out Skin and Hair
Bathing in water with such a high mineral content is not as cleansing as bathing in softer water. Hard water actually makes it more difficult for you to get clean when you wash yourself in it, and you may feel dry or unclean even after taking a shower. The minerals in hard water also make hair more brittle and unhealthy. If you never seem to feel clean after taking a shower or a bath, hard water may be to blame.
The way to combat hard water is to install a water softener in your home’s water line. This is a filter that will remove much of the mineral content from the water before it reaches your plumbing. If you think you may have a hard water problem, call The Trusted Plumber. We provide expert water softener services in the Scottsdale, AZ area.