How to Determine If You Have Hard Water


When dissolved minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium, are found in your water this is known as hard water. The more calcium and magnesium found within your water the greater the degree of hardness. Fresh groundwater is sixty percent of the water that we consume and is known to contain dissolved minerals. It is controversial whether or not groundwater is harmful to our health. Groundwater has been known to be less susceptible to bacterial pollution compared to surface water, but it has also been known to be infrequently harmful and highly toxic. Groundwater is one of our most important natural resources because it provides drinking water for all communities within our nation and it supports irrigation, the flow of streams and rivers, and maintains ecosystems according to the USGS.

How can you tell if you have hard water when water is colorless and odorless?

Water Spots

You will see water spots on your dishes when you empty the dishwasher. Then, when you try to hand wash them thinking something is wrong with the dishwasher, you use a ton of soap while washing the dishes. The next morning you wake up to more spotty glasses. This is a sign that your water is hard.

Film in your shower

Even if you stay on top of cleaning your bathroom, you always seem to find film on the shower walls and doors or your bathtub. Hard water can become a nuisance making all of your hard-work and time spent cleaning seem like nothing. It leaves a trail wherever it goes.

Dirty Clothes

When the mineral content in your water is high it leaves your clothes dull, dingy or stained after a good wash. Sometimes iron deposits within your water cause your water to be too acidic and can leave reddish stains on your clothing. You can always test your water to see what the measurement of the pH is. On the pH scale, anything greater than 7 is basic, anything less than 7 is acidic, and 7 indicates neutral water.

If your soap that is hard to lather while washing the dishes or washing your hair, you have spotty dishes, dry skin, film on shower walls, seemingly endless dirty clothes even after you wash them and build-up around your plumbing, you have hard water.

Hard water can ruin your plumbing by leaving mineral deposits on the plumbing system and is visible on the exterior of your plumbing fixtures. Imagine what it’s doing to the inside of your pipes. If you aren’t sure if you have hard water or if you need help finding a solution, give Sun Plumbing in Melbourne, FL a call at 321-725-2460. At Sun Plumbing we have been serving Brevard County since 1974 and would love to help you find a simple solution to your hard water.

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