Hard water is a result of iron, calcium, iron or magnesium deposits found in underground rock layers. These minerals may enter the public water system and cause water hardness for many residents.Here are four ways you can tell that you have hard water problems in your Lubbock, TX, home.
1. Strange Odor and Taste
One of the most obvious signs of water hardness is a strange odor or taste in your drinking water. Too much iron causes the water to have a metallic taste. Magnesium reacts with hydrogen sulfide to form sulfides that cause the water to have a strange smell or a rotten egg smell.
2. Stains in Sinks and Porcelain
Iron may rust in your water pipes and cause brown and reddish stains in your utensils and porcelain. You can also experience limescale deposits in your water. These signs could indicate the presence of hard water in your home that may require softening.
3. Frequent Plumbing Repairs
Hard water corrodes pipes and water-using appliances due to mineral buildup. This results in frequent breakdowns and costly plumbing repairs. If you notice this sign, you may require softening your water to save money on repairs.
The buildup of minerals on water-using appliances causes them to be less efficient. Low efficiency increases your energy consumption and leads to high monthly energy bills. It can also reduce the lifespan of these appliances.
4. Stiff or Rough Clothing
Hard water deposits like calcium and magnesium can attach to your clothes, causing them to be stiff. Hard water also reduces the efficiency of soaps and detergents, making your laundry appear rough and wear out faster. Consulting a water expert can help to reduce the impact of hard water in your home and improve your home comfort.
Duncan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. & Plumbing offers quality HVAC services. Our technicians are NATE-certified, result-oriented and provide exceptional services. Contact us today for all your HVAC and plumbing services.
Image provided by iStock