How To Tell If You Have Hard Water in Your Home?

Jun 3, 2022 | Dayton, Emergency Plumber, Hard Water, How To, Ohio, Plumbing, Plumbing Services

Water is something that we use every day. As long as the faucet is on and the water is running, we are good, right? But unfortunately, that is not always the case, and you may have issues with your water that pop up in different ways, like hard water. If you’re unknowledgeable of plumbing and how it works, it may be difficult to detect if you have hard water in your home. Thanks to our expert plumbers at Five Star Plumbing Dayton share a few signs your home is running hard water. 

Are Your Fixtures, Sinks, and Tiles Holding Residue?

Did you know that soap scum, film, scale deposits, and calcium deposits are caused by hard water? Spottings like that are clear indicators of hard water in your home. This may be the case, especially if you’re struggling to keep your dishes clean, you have to clean your shower weekly, or if the toilets in your home begin to develop rust-colored stains.

Do Your Faucets Have a Low Water Flow?

If your kitchen and bathroom faucets have a low flow or a hard time flowing, hard water may be the culprit. Water becomes hard due to magnesium, calcium, and other mineral deposit build-ups, which will clog your water pipes and fixtures. Because hard water causes clogged pipes and fixtures, needless to say, your faucets will have a low flow.  

Is Your Skin Feeling Itchy and Dry?

Showering, bathing, and even washing your hands with hard water can harm your skin. Because hard water is more difficult to clean with, soap residue can be left on you, resulting in dry, itchy skin. In addition, if your family members struggle with skin conditions such as eczema, symptoms may worsen.

Has Your Hair Been Feeling Dingy or Dull?

When you shower, do you have a hard time washing the soap out of your hair? Do your family members struggle with dingy or dull hair? These could be symptoms of hard water in your home. Because of the minerals that build up in hard water, rinsing your hair out can be difficult, leaving residue behind, making your hair unclean, limp and dull. 

If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed above, you may be running hard water in your home. Some temporary solutions include dishwasher detergents with borax, water softening detergent for daily laundry, or even lotion after every shower. However, the best fix is to invest in a home water softener installed by professionals like the expert plumbers at Five Star Dayton Plumbing. So if you would like a hard water test done or schedule a water softener installation, give us a call today at (937) 230-6506, or schedule an appointment online by clicking here!