Most Common Signs of Hard Water

This month we’re offering a special discount for 10% off water softener installation, so in honor of that, we’re going to walk you through the most common signs that you have hard water. It’s important to identify, or else you could end up paying in the long run as hard water can damage your plumbing and your appliances.

To get into the science of what it means, Hard water means that you have a large amount of minerals in your water, such as calcium and magnesium. These get taken up into the water when it runs over deposits of limestone, chalk, and other similar substances. This high mineral content is especially common in Las Vegas, due to the water sources.

Here are some signs that you should get your water tested to see if your water is hard:

Your hot water heating costs are more expensive than normal

The high mineral content in your water can cause a water heater to become inefficient, thereby costing you more money. This is because the minerals can build up on the inside, and insulating the water that should be receiving more direct heat transfer. The build up can also shorten the life of the appliance, further adding to the bill.

You can’t seem to get your clothes completely clean.

If you’re washing your clothes, but noticing fading vibrancy and tricky stains, it could be because of the mineral content in your water. This is because soap doesn’t get as sudsy in hard water, so it won’t be able to be as effective in cleaning your clothes.

You notice a white buildup or residue on your metal fixtures and dishes.

The minerals that are in the water will start to adhere to these metal surfaces as time passes, shortening their lifespans, and costing you more in replacements. As we discussed in our blog post about removing hard water stains, these can also pop up in places like your sink and bathtub and are hard to remove.

You’re constantly calling the plumber to fix your appliances or pipes.

Hard water can deteriorate and clog your pipes quickly, running up your bill, and giving you a headache. As with all of these issues, it’s better to address the root of the issue here, so you end up paying less in the long run.

If you notice any of the signs, make sure to give DMS Plumbing a call to see if you need a water softener. With our team of experienced plumbers, we’ll make sure you receive the best plumbing service possible and save you money in the long run.

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