One of the biggest customer complaints we receive is about hard water in people’s homes. As any plumber will tell you, hard water can leave unsightly residue on your plates and glasses, contribute to soap scum in your bathroom and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your water-using appliances (like dishwashers and laundry machines). If you have been wondering whether or not your home and its plumbing have hard water, find out how you can test your water yourself!
Testing For Hard Water
Testing for hard water is relatively easy and can be done without purchasing any special equipment. To test for hard water, you will need an empty plastic water bottle, your faucet and a bottle of dish soap. Here are the steps that you will need to follow:
- Fill the plastic water bottle about half way full of water.
- Add approximately 10 drops of dish soap to bottle of water.
- Shake the bottle up. If the soap forms into suds immediately, your water is soft. If the soap does not form suds easily, you have hard water.
Hard water can negatively affect your appliances, clothing and bathrooms. If your water is too hard, here is what we recommend as a course of action:
- Regularly clean your appliances (coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry machines) with white vinegar to prevent scale buildup.
- Use only detergent that is marked for use with hard water. There are also soaps that are labeled for use with hard water.
- Talk to a plumber about the possibility of installing a water softener in your home. A water softener works by adding sodium to your water supply to combat the minerals dissolved in your water. A water softener can greatly decrease the amount of minerals in your water, which will mean that your water-using appliances will have less scale buildup and last longer.
Hard water can be rough on your appliances and leave unsightly residue on your dishes and bathroom fixtures. Our plumbers can help you test for water hardness and if necessary, nstall a water softener that will help fix your hard water problems.