When you know what to look for, spotting hard water in your home is pretty simple. Especially considering, 85% of homes have hard water.
Spotting the Evidence
When you see white, rusty scale buildup around the mouth of the faucet, you have hard water. You can also find this scale on shower heads, along shower walls, toilets and in other water-dependent appliances.
Water-using appliances are affected as well. If your dishwasher is no longer cleaning dishes as well as it used to, hard water might be the culprit. Soap doesn’t lather as well with hard water, diminishing the soap’s effectiveness and meaning you need to use more for the same amount of work.
Pulling out shabby clothing from your washing machine is another sign of hard water. Towels that feel scratchy and hard is another sign your washing machine is using hard water. Stiff sheets, dull whites, foggy shower glass? Hard water.
The Cost of Hard Water
When hard water scale buildup forms in your pipes, it slows the efficiency of your water-using appliances. More energy is required for your water heater to function, and the flow of water to your dishwasher and washing machine slows down. These deficiencies can lead to higher utility costs
and we're not talking minimal amounts, either:
29% more energy is used to heat your water during the life of your water heater if you have hard water
Over 10 years, it’s estimated your water bill will be $1,500 more if you have hard water
The lifespan of home appliances decreases by 30-50%
Costs for laundry detergent, bath and kitchen soaps and lotions jumps to $1,039 more yearly without a water softener
You save 75-80% on these costs with a water softener
Impact on Your Skin & Hair
Hard water isn't just about appliances. It can lead to drier, dull skin which leaves you more susceptible to razor burn when you shave and can even prematurely age your appearance. Cracked skin, abrasions and slower healing are also
Hard water also impacts your hair by decreasing its volume, leaving it limp, lifeless and dull. And if you color your hair, you’ll notice it fades at a faster rate than if you use soft water. Meaning you'll be making more trips to the salon, more frequently.
A permanent fix for your home
Trying to keep up with and manage the signs of hard water can be cumbersome and tiring, leaving you exasperated. Instead of fighting the problem alone, let a water softener do the heavy lifting for you. The softener eliminates your hard water problem and distributes soft water throughout your home. Our systems even help you monitor your salt level so it's a truly hands-off effort.
If you’ve noticed any of the hard water signs in your home, the only way to know for sure is to schedule a free water test today. It’s quick and easy and it tells you how hard your water is. Once that step is complete, we'll be able to help you choose a system that's exactly what your home needs. Knowing your estimated water use (for example, how many loads of laundry are done in a week, the number of times you run your dishwasher in a week) and answering basic household questions (for example, how many bathrooms are in the home) will help us focus on the best solutions for your home.
Let's solve the problem today and get the answers you need for truly impeccable water. Contact us today to schedule a free water test and see what Chatfield Water Purefection Systems can do for your home.