City water goes through a filtration and cleansing system which can take out some things, and put in too much of others. Your water has a mix of magnesium, calcium, and potassium ions, which can make a mess of shower tile and bathtub caulking. Unsure if you have hard water? Plumber Tom has compiled a list of the top ways to tell if you need a water softener.
Stains in the Tub and Clothing
Does your tub or shower have discoloration, although you clean it regularly? Hard water can cause a white buildup to occur, which can yellow, or become tinged by other minerals in your water. Too much copper, for example, can cause blue or green hues, while red or orange is due to a high iron count.
You may also notice white stains, or discoloring on clothing after it comes out of your washing machine. This is another sign of hard water and mineral buildup. A water softener can help remove unwanted minerals from your water system, making it less of a hassle to clean clothes, scrub the tub, and keep the shower grout clean.
Hard Chalky Buildup on Appliances and Faucets
The tub and shower aren’t the only places you’ll see the white lime scale buildup caused by hard water. You may also notice it around the opening of your sink faucet, as well as appliances which regularly use tap water. Your kettle or coffee perk for example, could begin to develop the chalky white buildup caused by hard water.
Itchy Skin and Brittle Hair
Hard water doesn’t just effect the pipes and appliances in your home, it also affects your body. Showering with hard water can cause hair to become dry and brittle, your scalp may get dry and itchy, and your skin may develop a rash, or become dry and flake. If your skin is typically average, but has begun developing signs of dryness, it could be hard water.
Call Plumber Tom
At Plumber Toms,we get questions about hard water all the time. If you’re unsure about whether you have hard water and should look into a water softener, ask a professional. Our professional plumbers can quickly determine exactly what’s causing discoloration and buildup in your pipes and find the best solution to care for it.
Prices from local plumbers getting you down? Plumber Tom will beat any quote by 10%. If you’re curious about water softeners, or any of our other plumbing services, give us a call. We’re always happy to speak with new and existing customers and will do our best to find a solution for your plumbing problems quickly and efficiently.