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5 Ways to Tell if Your Home Has Hard Water

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Not all water is created equal. In Pueblo County, Colorado, one common problem that homeowners deal with is hard water.

“Hard” water is a term used to describe water that contains high levels of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Hard water is not a threat to our health, but it can harm our home’s plumbing system. When the mineral content of water is too high, it can begin to accumulate in our pipes, causing clogs, reducing water flow, and hindering energy efficiency.

Here are five ways to tell that your home has hard water:

  1. Bad-tasting water. Water that tastes metallic, acidic, or salty can indicate high mineral content.

  2. Water spots on freshly washed dishes. Your clean dishes should look clean. If yours are covered in water spots, the problem is likely with your water, not you.

  3. Residue in the shower. Water spots, residue, or a thin film can often be found on shower faucets, curtains, or doors.

  4. Soap doesn’t work as effectively. Hard water can reduce the effectiveness of soap and shampoo. It may require a lot of soap to lather up, or your skin and hair just might not feel completely clean after a shower.

  5. Suspicious odors. People with hard water have reported their water smelling chlorinated, musty, or even like rotten eggs.

Are you noticing any of these signs in your Colorado home? Contact the water experts at Patterson Plumbing. We offer water treatment solutions to help soften your home’s water and improve the performance of your plumbing system. If you live in Pueblo County, give us a call today at (719) 544-4922.