How to Tell If You Have Hard Water

Have you ever considered water softening? If you answered no, you are not alone. Water softening doesn’t just aim to provide you with clean, clear water; it aims to improve the quality of life in your home altogether! However it is not often a consideration for most families and their homes. Here is some food for thought on why you should have your water tested for softening solutions at your next Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning home health check-up.

The threat of hard water is ever-present. In fact, 85% of natural water in the United States is hard, due  to higher levels of dissolved mineral content, namely calcium and magnesium. Though perhaps not immediately threatening to comfort and stability in your home, hard water can bring a longer term impact to the sustainability of your plumbing.

If you’re ever in doubt about the hardness of your water supply, allow Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning to help! We can provide you with the best water softening solutions in Austin. We understand how important it can be to have clean water in your home, which is why we’re always ready to provide water softening solutions that will keep your family happy and healthy. Our highly trained team of technicians are experts in observing and identifying key indicators of hard water in your home, and can provide a range of options that will address these issues.

Common Indicators of Hard Water

So, just how exactly can you determine if your water supply is hard? Here are some simple identifiers that can assist you in understanding if this is an issue in your home:

    • Spotty, Damaged Dishware: Dishes, glasses, and cutlery will all face a higher risk of damage the longer hard water persists in your home. Particles in hard water are abrasive enough to create spots, foggy glassware, and permanent stains.
    • Skin Irritation: Do you often find your skin irritated after showering? Does your family show signs of dry, irritated skin? Over time hard water can have an impact on your family’s skin, causing unnecessary irritation and inflammation- especially for those suffering existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Higher levels of calcium and magnesium in the water supply, also can result in hair becoming duller in texture. A water softening solution installed into your home by one of our trained professionals can quickly alleviate these issues.
    • Less Efficient Appliances: Hard water can also cause damage to your household appliances including kettles, boilers, and plumbing systems that rely on clean water to work properly. Hard water produces lime scale which if left untreated over time can cause plumbing systems to clog and in some cases corrode. It’s an expensive consequence that may cause your appliances to not last as long as your budge would allow.
    • Damaged Clothing: If you wash a load of laundry with hard water, your favorite shirt may feel a little different. Clothing will lose its soft texture and become rougher to the touch once it comes to contact with significant amounts of hard water. White clothing will take on a grayish color. Often washing solutions will not clean clothes to their potential as they are inactivated by the hard water.

    Water softening is an important part of any home plumbing system, there are a range of solutions designed to meet any budget and to match the varied needs of your home, our highly educated team of technicians have spent a lot of time understanding these various solutions and how to match these to your homes circumstances.

    Call Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning today at 833-656-4056, to schedule your in-home test and assessment.

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