How often do you drink the water from your tap? Does it ever have a funny taste to it? That odd flavor is likely a sign that you have hard water flowing through your pipes. Unlike what you might think, the water flowing through your pipes is not just hydrogen and oxygen, a lot of other stuff gets in our water which makes it “hard.”
Essentially, hard water is water that has a higher than usual mineral count. It is formed as groundwater seeps through deposits of limestone which is where it picks up minerals such as calcium and sediment. Soil also contains traces of iron which can then be transferred into your drinking water.
You’re more likely to have hard water if you get your water from a well, but hard water is not strictly a rural issue. The US Geological Survey reports that nearly 85% of homes in the United States have hard water.
How Does Hard Water Affect Your Home?
There are a few signs that will warn you about the type of water that is flowing through your pipes. A few of these signs include:
Dry skin and hair.
Spots on your dishes.
Limescale on your plumbing fixtures.
If you live in an area with hard water, you don’t have to endure the negative effects in your home. Now that you know about hard water vs. soft water, you can choose to protect your home by installing a water softener to remove minerals from the water. As a result, you can save money and enjoy a cleaner home.
If you are interested in learning more about the quality of water in your home, we can run tests to figure it out and formulate the best solution for your water problem. Call JSP Home Services at (845) 209-1700 for help with all of your water quality, plumbing, and HVAC services. Our experts can find solutions to all of your problems.