Signs Your Home Needs A Water Softener
Hard water buildup can damage your appliances, stain your clothes, and even leave your hair and skin feeling dry. A water softener removes the minerals from your home’s water supply to prevent frustrating buildup and irritation. However, it can be difficult to tell whether or not a water softener would be the right fit for your home. Here are some signs that it’s time to make the investment.
You notice scale buildup in your bathroom and kitchen.
Hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium. Over time, these minerals can start to leave a white, scaly buildup around your home.
You might notice scale clustered on the faucets in your sinks and showers, as well as mineral buildup on your washer and other appliances. This scale is very difficult to remove with traditional cleaning methods.
Your glassware looks cloudy.
In addition to seeing buildup in your sinks and showers, you might also notice it on your dishes. Hard water buildup is particularly obvious on glassware, creating a cloudy or streaky appearance.
You won’t be able to remove these stains with normal soap and water – you’ll need vinegar or another extra-strength cleaner to get them out.
Your skin feels dry and scaly.
Hard water can also negatively affect your skin and hair. You might notice that your skin feels dry, itchy, and flaky, even if you’re applying moisturizer regularly or live in a humid climate. Washing your hair with hard water can also leave it feeling dry and prone to split ends. You might also find that your scalp is more dandruff-prone when you shower with hard water.
Your clothing feels rough and looks dull.
Another sign that you might need a hard water softener is damage to your clothing after washing it. The minerals in hard water can give fabrics a stiff, rough feel after washing. Additionally, brightly colored fabrics will start to fade or stain over time. Hard water also makes it difficult for your washing machine and laundry detergent to work efficiently. You might notice that your clothes still look or smell a bit dirty, even after washing them thoroughly.
Your utility bills are slowly increasing.
If the water in your home has a high mineral content, your systems will have to work harder to run efficiently. For example, minerals can build up on the inside of your pipes and in your appliances. This means that your heater must work harder to get the water from point A to point B.
Your pipes and water heater keep malfunctioning.
If you’re constantly calling maintenance to fix broken pipes or malfunctioning water heater, hard water might be the culprit. Installing a water softener can keep your plumbing system functioning properly for a long period of time. If you’re still not sure if a water softener is necessary for your home, consider having your water professionally tested.
Water testing will determine exactly what’s in your water so you can take steps to fix it. At Atlantic Coast Water Clinic, we offer water testing, water softener installation, and other water treatment solutions for clients throughout south Florida.
Give us a call at 772- 283-4767 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.