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How to Tell If You Have Hard Water

Hard water is water that has high mineral content. But how would you know if you have hard water or not? Our plumbing experts at Benicia Plumbing, Inc. are here to share some of the most common signs that your home has hard water and what you can do about it!

Stains on Clothes

You may take your clothes out of the washer and notice more stains than when you put them in! This is especially true of white clothing showing yellow marks. If you see this next time you’re doing your laundry, it may be a sign of hard water.

Cloudy Water

Because hard water has a high concentration of minerals, it can make your water appear cloudy. This is often due to a limescale build-up in your water pipes. Next time you get a glass of water from your sink, take a look at its opaqueness.

Residue on Clean Dishes

When you take dishes out of the dishwasher or off the drying rack, you may notice a chalky residue remaining on them. This is likely hardened limescale from your hard water. If you cannot remove it by wiping it with your finger, try some vinegar.

Weaker Water Pressure

If you have hard water at your home, then mineral deposits are likely building up in your pipes. This can lead to decreased water pressure as the pipes continue to be blocked.

What To Do If You Have Hard Water

If hard water is affecting things around your house, you may consider installing a water softener. This is a filtration system that filters out minerals (calcium and magnesium) in your water. If you are interested in learning more about water softener systems or other water treatments that may meet your needs, contact us at Benicia Plumbing, Inc.. Our team will ensure that you get the plumbing services you need.