Hard water

Feb 07, 2024

How Can I Tell If I Have Hard Water?

Hard water can take a toll on your appliances and lead to dry, itchy skin, stiff laundry, spots on dishes, and more. It can also taste unpleasant, from salty to bitter. But if you’re not sure if you have hard water, how can you tell? And what exactly is the difference between hard water vs. soft water? Get the answers below.

5 Signs of Hard Water

When minerals from surrounding soil dissolve into water, they are transported along with the water to the groundwater supply. This leads to a high mineral content—particularly calcium and magnesium— and hard water. So, what signs can you look for that you have hard water? Here are a few:

#1: Soap Scum and Residue

Have you noticed a sticky film on your skin after a shower or bath? Hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium, which react with soap to form soap scum. This residue from hard water is left behind and is hard to clean off.

#2: Spots On Dishes and Glasses

If your dishes and glassware have stubborn spots or a cloudy appearance even after washing, it could be a sign of hard water. The minerals in hard water can leave behind deposits, especially when dishes air dry.

#3: Itchy Skin and Dry, Dull Hair

Hard water can strip your skin and hair of natural oils, leading to dryness, itchiness, and a lackluster appearance. If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, hard water could be the culprit.

#4: Scratchy and Stiff Laundry

The minerals in hard water can bind to fabrics, making them rough to the touch. This makes clothes and towels feel stiff and scratchy, even after washing them with detergent.

#5: Appliance Breakdown

Over time, the mineral buildup caused by hard water can wreak havoc on your appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters. This buildup can lead to clogs, reduced efficiency, and ultimately, reduced lifespan.

Hard Water vs. Soft Water: What’s the Difference?

Hard water contains high levels of dissolved minerals. As discussed above, these minerals can cause various issues, from soap scum buildup to appliance damage. Soft water, on the other hand, is treated to remove minerals, resulting in water that lathers easily, leaves dishes and glassware spot-free, and keeps skin and hair feeling soft and moisturized. Soft water also prolongs the lifespan of appliances that use water by preventing mineral buildup.

Hard Water: What to Do About It?

If you have hard water and are ready for a change, you can have a water softening system installed. Such a system works by filtering out minerals like calcium and magnesium and replacing them with sodium ions from a salt-filled container.

Alternatively, you can invest in a water conditioner system to improve your water and soften the hardness. This system works by treating the minerals that are in the water, so minerals flow through the pipes instead of building up in them.

Whatever you choose, softer water leads to:

  • Healthier skin and hair – Soft water doesn’t strip away natural oils from your skin and hair, leaving them feeling softer and more hydrated.
  • Spot-free dishes – Say goodbye to stubborn spots and streaks on your dishes and glassware. Soft water ensures a sparkling clean finish every time.
  • Longer appliance lifespan – By preventing mineral buildup, soft water helps your appliances run more efficiently and last longer, saving you money on repairs and replacements.

Say Goodbye to Hard Water Woes

Miami Water & Air offers top-of-the-line water softener systems from RainSoft, designed to transform hard water into soft, luxurious water. Our products, such as the EC5 Water Softener System and TC-M Water Softener System, are engineered to deliver exceptional performance, energy efficiency, and reliability. With features like real-time status notifications and self-cleaning valves, you can enjoy the benefits of soft water without the hassle.

Ready to make the switch to soft water? Contact our water specialists today for a free water test and personalized recommendations. Our team of experts will help you find the perfect solution for your home or business, ensuring you enjoy all the benefits of soft, pure water for years to come.


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