3 Signs You Need a Water Softener
Why Soft Water
We’ve previously talked about the benefits of soft water. Cleaner dishes and softer, vibrant clothes. The first step to upgrading to soft water is making sure that you have hard water. Here are three ways you can check around your home and see if you have hard water.
Dirty Appliances: The first and most evident sign of hard water is the damage it does to your household appliances. The minerals in hard water tend to roughen up your appliances, giving them a little wear and tear. Simply inspect your dishes and appliances. Hard water generally leaves water spots on dishes and glass. For bigger appliances, look for rust and discoloration on things like your bathtub or bathroom sink. Also, be on the lookout for other household items, like plumbing and boiler rooms. Another place you can look for hard water damage is your clothes since hard water tends to take the color and softness out of clothes. Your hair might be a little duller and your skin drier or more itchy, too. It’s not hard to notice the damages hard water does to you and your home.
Water Quality Report: Another sure way to check and see if you have hard water is to simply check your water company’s water quality report. You can easily get this information by visiting the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Water that contains more than seven grains per gallon of calcium or magnesium is considered hard. With safety information like this being so public, there’s really no way for water companies to hide this information from you.
Water Testing: Another great way to check your home for hard water is to conduct a test on your water. There are many simple ways you can test your water. The first and most simple way would be to use water testing strips. You can find these in any homeware store. The most pricey ones will be around $20. If you want to go the less expensive way and have a little fun with the kids, you can simply do a water bottle and soap experiment. Take a bottle of water and fill it 1/4th full of your water. Next, put in about 10 drops of soap in the bottle. Have you or your kids shake the bottle for a bit, then look closely at the water. If water bubbles appear immediately, your water is soft. If the water, however, stays flat and milky, then it’s time to change your water
Knowing whether your water is hard or not is very simple. Of course, it always helps to do some research. Feel free to ask around for water softening services when you don’t know what to do next. Hopefully, you found these tips to be helpful. Make sure to go check your water as soon as possible!