Hard water can become quite a burden around the home, resulting in complex stains, plumbing clogs, itchy skin, dry hair, and higher utility bills. However, several other culprits can cause similar complications. The first step is to determine whether you have hard water by buying a professional test kit or hiring a pro.
How do you read test kit results? Levels less than 60 mg per liter are considered soft, and levels 61 to 120 mg per liter are considered moderately hard. Levels above 120 are considered especially hard, and homeowners should seriously consider a water softener. If you experience any of the following side effects of hard water, a softener could likely help alleviate them.
Stubborn and Crusty Stains on Faucets and Water Outlets
That white, hardened crud outside of faucets and inside the water spigots of shower heads is a strong indicator of hard water. Furthermore, if there are rings that constantly present themselves in bathtubs and toilets, it’s likely that hard water is an issue that can be alleviated by a water softener in the home. Short term, adding a vinegar and water mix or a bit of bleach for cleaning can resolve the situation, but addressing it long-term can save time and exposure to harsh chemicals.
Dry Hair, Skin and Brittle Nails
The presence of harsh minerals in water can wreak havoc on hair, nails and skin. Dry skin becomes itchy and the minerals can clog pores and cause acne breakouts, blackheads and oil clots that become inflamed. Soap doesn’t properly dissolve in hard water, so residue stays on the skin and fails to thoroughly clean the skin or hair. This can result in limp, dull and dry hair that creates an itchy scalp.
Water Heater Build Up
If you are noticing that your hot water is running out faster than usual, it’s possible that the tank has accumulated a good bit of hard water scale that lessens water capacity and ultimately sends out tainted water to your useable systems. Hot water heater replacement isn’t cheap, and cold showers aren’t pleasant, so a softener system can relieve stress on the unit’s heating elements and expand its lifetime.
Increased Utility Bills
As that hot water heater works harder and clogged pipes slow down your daily processes, energy bills increase as efficiency decreases. A water softener can alleviate such issues and restore proper flow that will curb high electricity costs.
How a Water Softener from Knight’s Mechanical Can Help
Reduce the hardness of your water and protect your plumbing with a professionally installed water softener for the home. We can connect the system directly to your plumbing and help reduce mineral contents for cleaner water, fresher taste, and smoother-flowing pipes. Contact Knight’s Mechanical today to schedule a consultation with one of our plumbing experts.