Hard Water 101

hard water calcium deposit and corrosion on chrome shower tapYou’ve probably heard the term “hard water” used in cleaning product commercials, or even on beauty blogs- but you may have several questions about it. What is it? Do I have it? What can I do about it? If you’re curious about hard water, read on to learn about what it is, how to tell if you’ve got it, and what you can do about it.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. Water that has percolated through limestone and/or chalk will absorb minerals from those materials.

How Can I tell if I have Hard Water?

Hard water can cause a wide range of issues in your home, including the following:

  • Dry, Irritated skin or Scalp: If your skin feels dry or tight after you take a shower or bath, and your scalp is flakey you might have your water to blame!
  • Soap Scum: Hard water reacts with soap to make it harder to lather, and instead creates “soap scum”. Soap scum can coat your shower, bath, or sinks and create a disgusting layer of gunk.
  • Drain clogs: The minerals in hard water can build up over time and develop deposits of minerals that are called “scale”. This scale can eventually build up so much that they cause clogging in your drains.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, or spotting on your stainless steel sinks or plumbing fixtures, you probably have hard water. You can get confirmation by calling a plumber and having them test your water.

What Can I do about it?

If you have hard water you’re in luck! Nowadays there are solutions to hard water, namely water softeners. Water softeners can improve your drinking water, and make your water healthier for your skin and plumbing.

If you have hard water, call 1st Plumber to Call at (404) 758-6237 and let us fix it today!