What Are The Signs You Have Hard Water From Your Well?

May 1, 2023

What Are The Signs You Have Hard Water From Your Well?

If you have a well for your home, chances are that you have hard water. It won’t hurt you to drink it, but it does come with a variety of unpleasant problems. The main problem is that hard water leaves a white residue or mineral buildup on dishes, faucets, and shower doors. This can make cleaning your home more difficult and wear out equipment and appliances much faster.

Scale Buildup

Water that is high in calcium, magnesium and iron can build up scale in the water. This can cause spots, streaks, and a cloudy film to form on your dishes, glasses, and other surfaces. Hard water can also clog your showerhead and cause major plumbing issues. As it passes through your pipes, minerals from the water cling to them and create a buildup. The best way to prevent the buildup is to install a water softening system. These systems use ion exchange technology to replace the calcium and magnesium with sodium from salt pellets.

Unpleasant Taste

The unpleasant taste of hard water can be a problem for many people. This can range from a bitter to salty taste depending on where the water is sourced, and it may be caused by a variety of minerals that are present. If you are noticing the signs of having hard water from your well, there are some easy things that you can do to fix the problem. One popular way is to make a fruit infusion by adding cut up fruits into a jug of water and leaving it overnight in the fridge.

Poor Lather

Hard water causes soap to struggle to lather properly, leaving a residue that can feel itchy or dry. This can make your showering experience difficult and requiring you to use more soap to achieve a full wash.  Soap does not lather in hard water because of the calcium, magnesium and iron ions it contains that bind with the soap molecules. These ions have more of a positive charge than a negative one, so they repel the soap and keep it from sticking to your skin and hair.

Increased Water Bills

Having hard water can cause your water bills to rise quickly. It’s because hard water makes your plumbing system more difficult to maintain, which can increase energy costs. As you know, your home’s pipes are more prone to mineral clogging, which can lead to a buildup of scale on them. This can make it harder for water to flow through them and can also cause a decrease in water pressure. It can also reduce the lifespan of your appliances like water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines. That’s why it’s important to check your water quality before purchasing a new appliance.

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