Minerals in the ground can affect the local water supply. If something seems off about your water, it might be due to high mineral content. Hard water can cause several issues that can affect your home and your quality of life. Here are some of the most common signs of hard water problems.
Dry Skin and Hair
When soap is used with hard water, it forms a soap curd that leaves behind a residue that can dry out skin and hair. If you recently moved into a new home and you’ve found that your skin and hair suddenly feel drier than usual, or if your skin is itchy, your new house might have hard water.
Stiff or Fading Clothes
Hard water can also affect your laundry. Soap curds can make clothes feel stiff right after they’ve been washed. That can irritate the skin and make them uncomfortable to wear. Washing clothes in hard water can also make them fade and wear out faster.
Bathing in hard water can leave a residue on your shower or tub. You may feel as though you’re fighting a never-ending battle to keep your bathroom clean.
Damaged Pipes and Appliances
Mineral deposits can clog pipes, make water flow slowly from faucets, and cause appliances to wear out faster than they should. If you’ve been having plumbing problems and other symptoms, all those issues might be due to hard water.
Unusual Smell or Taste
When you take a sip of water from a faucet, you might notice that it doesn’t smell or taste right. That can be due to high mineral content.
How to Deal with a Hard Water Problem
Installing a water softener can reduce the mineral content in your home’s water supply and eliminate these and other issues. A water softener can replace magnesium and calcium ions with sodium ions and provide you with water that won’t damage your home or laundry or leave you feeling uncomfortable.
If you think your house might have hard water, contact Tri-County Water Services. We can test a sample and figure out if you have hard water problems. If so, we can install a water softener to address it. Call us today at (610)857-1740.
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