Hard water is a problem in many households. What is the cause of hard water? The term ‘hard water’ is used when referring to water that has a high mineral content. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium. When water runs through rock and soil, minerals like these are absorbed into the water.
Is it easy to tell if your home has hard water?
There are tests that can be performed on the water to determine how high the mineral content is in your water. However, there are telltale signs that become apparent when the home has a hard water issue.
In sinks, you may find that there is often a layer of soap scum. There may be unpleasant rings of mineral deposits around the faucet or even in the toilet bowl.
A buildup of limescale can affect solar heating.
Water pipes can start to not work efficiently due to accumulating scale deposits.
Appliances throughout the home, that use water will also be affected by hard water. You may start to see a build up of white, scaly deposits in kettles and pots etc. Hard water can even have an effect on laundry, wearing clothes out quicker and making them look dull.
These effects vary depending on the water temperature and also its acidity.
As we can see, there are many ways to tell if we have hard water in the home.