Hard Water Facts: Why You Need a Water Softener at Home

water filterOne of the most common water problems across households here in Bountiful is hard water. Hard water is simply water that has very high mineral content, specifically calcium and magnesium salts. In a glass, it is still safe to drink. But use it for baths or cleaning your clothes, and that’s where problems start to crop up. 

A water softener for your Bountiful home can take care of this issue very easily. But before you make that investment, you will want to make sure that hard water is really the culprit here. Here are three signs that you have hard water at home:

Dry and itchy skin

This is almost a definite sign you have hard water. After baths, the minerals in water tend to stick and dry out on the skin. Soaps and shampoos do prevent this, but only to an extent. The remaining minerals get deposited on the skin and as it starts to dry out, results in skin dryness, irritation, and even blackheads.

Stains on sinks, bathtubs and faucets

If you notice stains left on your sinks, bathtubs or faucets, take this as a sure sign of hard water. As the water evaporates, the remaining mineral gets left behind and over time forms into the stain. It is easily removable using vinegar, but you will have to do it repeatedly as and when the stain reappears. A potassium chloride water softener is usually effective at removing the problem.

Clothes get gray and faded

Notice your whites becoming gray-ish while your colored garments are becoming dull? If yes, it’s a sign of hard water. Some people may choose to use a stronger washing powder or liquid detergent, but this again is only effective to an extent, as soap doesn’t remove all the minerals.

If you find yourself with one or more of the issues above, then you may opt to look at a water softener system. It does go a long way in helping to solve those annoying issues.

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