What Is Hard Water & How To Tell If You Have It?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019


Can you tell which glass has hard water and which has soft water?


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Some people have never experienced hard water. Others have experienced it and have no idea what it is. Hard water is water with an unusually high mineral content caused by the movement through deposits of limestone. Limestone and chalk are made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates. Hard water is mainly a regional issue with the Upper Midwest being the most affected. However, hard water is not limited to these places. Here are signs you may have hard water:


Laundry. Hard water can make freshly washed clothes feel stiff. This is widely due to the difficulty of rinsing out detergent using hard water.

Showers. Hard water makes it difficult to lather soap and rinse it away.

Dry Skin. The film left behind from showering causes dry skin. The film is visible and leaves you feeling dry and itchy.

Soap Scum. Just as soap sticks to your body, it can stick to your tub and shower curtain. You guessed it! It'll be hard to clean, as well.

Damages to Appliances. Refrigerators with ice makers, washing machines, and dish washers will suffer inevitable damage from hard water.

Sour water. While the other minerals can foster health benefits, the taste is not satisfying.


Based on the information given, is your home suffering from hard water? Are you wondering what to do next?

To clean fixtures covered in calcium buildup, place them in a hot bowl of natural vinegar. Distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar also work with appliances and soap scum. Always dilute the vinegar with water. Also, consider making a paste with baking soda and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes on areas that are highly affected. Always rinse with water and wipe dry immediately to avoid hard resurfacing on a freshly cleaned space.


Learning to clean hard water build up doesn't make it any less of a nuisance. Consider turning hard water into soft water by investing in a water softener. Water softeners remove the components that make water hard; calcium and magnesium. Flat Rate Water Softeners will provide ready-made softeners or build a custom one to fit your needs. Our pricing is cheaper than most, and our delivery is immaculate. Contact us to discuss your options and our current special.

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