Hard water is a regional problem. The worst area are in the Upper Midwest and in North Texas. However, some areas in and around Snohomish have this issue. How do you know if you have hard water coming from your faucets, and what can you do about it?
Hard water is simply tap water with heavy mineral deposits. This is often due to the water coming into contact with natural geological features, such as limestone. Other common deposits which cause this phenomenon include calcium, iron, magnesium, and even aluminum. The water collects some of the minerals before reaching residential pipelines.
Hard water usually tastes bad. Also, it leaves deposits which can build up in your heater, washer, and garbage disposal. These deposits can cause major problems.
In some cases, hard water is obvious when the water is almost milky white in appearance. Other times, it’s almost indistinguishable from water. In this instance, you will have to rely on other signs suggesting a high mineral content in your H2O.
- Soap scum—soap residue builds up on your tiles, tub, and shower door and curtains.
- Dirty dishes—does detergent remain on your dishes after a wash cycle in the dishwasher? You may spot soap remnants in the form of spots and streaks.
- Poor-quality showers—your soap or shampoo won’t be able to work up a lather. And, the lather that you do acquire will be hard to wash away from your skin or hair.
- Laundry—do your clothes dull in color after just a few washes? Clothes washed in hard water may also feel unusually stiff.
The solution is simple: call Plumbing & Heating Specialist to install a water softener. Our plumbing service can provide a unit or install one you purchased at the hardware store. We provide special offers for most installations. Don’t let hard water ruin the quality of such a daily and essential element.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Customers in Snohomish, King & Pierce Counties, including Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Bothell, Snohomish, Shoreline, Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Maltby, Lake Forest Park, Everett, Marysville, Lake Stevens & Woodway