Do you Need a Water Softener? The 4 Most Common Signs:

Water is an imperative part of your life. Not only is it essential for your diet, but it is also a necessary tool for your home’s function.

As water moves into your home from the ground, a great deal of dirt, debris, and sediment also flows with it. This sediment contaminates your water, affecting the way it looks, tastes, and smells. In addition, the sediment can be unhealthy for your body and dangerous for your pipes, appliances, and plumbing fixtures. Thankfully, a water softener can help.

Of course, you may not even be aware of a problem affecting your home’s water quality. Therefore, learn the signs of contamination. With this guide and your plumber’s help, you will be able to determine if your home needs a water softener.

  1. Dirty Dishes or Spotty Glasses

You may notice one of the first signs while unloading your dishwasher or handwashing plates and glasses.

If your home has hard water, you may notice a milky white residue on your dishes and numerous spots on your glassware. Your first inclination may be to place back in the dishwasher for another cycle or to soak in hot water and soap before handwashing again. Unfortunately, rewashing will not help if you have hard water.

A vinegar solution can help clean your dishes and glassware. Also, add a rinsing agent to your dishwasher before running your next cycle to remove the leftover residue. While these tips are helpful, a water softener is a better long-term solution.

  1. Dry Skin or Hair

Hard water can affect your skin and hair the same way it affects your dishes. When you wash your hands, shower, and bathe in a home with hard water, calcium, magnesium, and other sediments build up on your skin and in your hair.

Over time, the sediment can decrease the moisture in your skin and hair, causing excessive dryness. Your skin may look and feel dry and flaky and your hair may begin to feel dry and brittle.

Homeowners with hard water also complain of inflamed and irritated skin and clogged pores that can lead to acne. The color of your hair may also suffer from hard water, appearing dull and faded.

A water softener will filter the sediments from your water, ensuring it is soft and safe, reducing its effects on your skin and hair.

  1. Stained Sinks, Tubs, and Showers

Another common sign that you have hard water is a discoloration and staining inside your sink, tubs, and showers.

As tap water drains, calcium and magnesium are left behind on the surface of your sink, bathtubs, and shower stalls. The discoloration may be a light grey or darker color. Or hard water stains may appear a deep yellow or orange color on some surfaces.

You can remove these stains with the right cleaning solutions. Many homeowners use a vinegar solution, which eats through the calcification without using toxic chemicals, but a water softener in your home is your best option for preventing this staining in the future.

  1. Ineffective Laundering

If your home has hard water, you will also notice issues when laundering your clothing and linens.

Hard water allows sediments to build up on and in the fabrics of your clothing, towels, sheets, and other laundry. This sediment can fade colors, making items look dull and unclean. Hard water can also affect the feel of your clothing and linens. Items may feel dry and scratchy even when using gentle detergent and fabric softener.

A water softener is a great investment for your home and family’s needs. To learn more about water treatments or other plumbing issues that may arise in your home, contact Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter today.