Three Signs You Need A Water Softener

Hard water is a fairly common problem for homeowners who have their own wells instead of using city water. Water softening can make your water supply more drinkable and more usable in such a situation. But how do you know if you need water softening? Here are three signs of hard water that will help you detect the need for a water softening treatment for your water supply.

1. Discoloration

Hard water is full of minerals, and these often include iron. The iron in the water can form deposits inside your bathtub, and because of oxidizing (basically the iron deposits are rusty), these deposits are generally orange in color. These stains may also appear in sinks, showers, and dishwashers. Cleaning the affected areas with vinegar or lemon juice is a popular way to rid yourself of these unsightly stains, but if you don’t treat your water supply with a water softener, the stains will recur.

2. Water heater sounds

Your water heater is rather sensitive to the minerals in your water, because these tend to build up inside the tank and form sediment. Sediment build-up isn’t an emergency, but it does need to be cleared out by flushing the tank once or twice a year (for water with normal or slightly high mineral levels). If you have very hard water, you may need to flush the tank more frequently or get your water softened. If this is the case, you may hear the popping or rumbling sounds that indicate sediment buildup just a few months after you last flushed the tank.

3. Dishes

The dishes in your dishwasher can also be affected and damaged by hard water. They may not develop orange stains like your bathtub, but they may become scratched or pitted from the minerals in the water. Dishes made of glass are the most likely to be affected by this. You may also notice the glass dishes take on a cloudy appearance due to slight mineral deposits. If your dishes are cloudy, try using vinegar to remove the film. If it works, the cloudiness is likely caused by hard water rather than by scratching.

These three signs, especially if they occur together, are clear indicators that you probably have a problem with hard water. Slight mineral content isn’t usually a problem, but if your water is hard enough that you’re noticing these three issues, you should probably invest in water softening to save yourself the extra cleaning, water heater flushing, and damaged dishes that hard water can cost you.

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