When you buy your first home, there are many things that you instantly have to start thinking about, such as how you are going to decorate your new home and if the HVAC system works well. One important factor that is often overlooked when someone buys their first home is the softness of the water. Hard water can cause damage to the pipes in your home, which could lead to expensive repairs. Adding a water softener can help to improve the softness of your water, though. The following guide walks you through a few things to look for to determine if your new abode has hard water.
Check Your Dishes
Inspect your dishes closely once they have dried after being washed. If you see small spots on your glassware or on your silverware, there is a good chance you have hard water. Hard water has excess calcium in it that deposits on the dishes, making the spots that you see.
Inspect Your Bathrooms
Go into your bathrooms and look closely at the spouts in the room. The calcium found in hard water will often solidify and buildup on spouts over time, especially if the spout leaks or drips. Many people assume that they can look shower doors to determine if they have hard water, but there are times when the spots you see on your shower door are caused by soap scum, rather than hard water.
Look at Your Whites
After washing your clothes a few times at your new home, look closely at your white clothes. Look near the seams to see if there is any discoloration present. Hard water will often deposit onto the seams of clothing and cause discoloration to occur. You check your white clothing simply because the discoloration will be more noticeable than on darker fabrics.
Feel Your Skin
When you have hard water in your home, your skin will often feel dry and itchy because of the calcium that is left on your skin after you take a shower. The change in your skin will more than likely be noticeable very quickly and may cause you to use more moisturizer than you normally do.
It may take a few weeks for you to be able to notice all four of these telltale signs of hard water. As soon as you think there is a chance that you may have hard water in your new home, have a water softener installed (by a local outlet such as Anderson Water Systems) to soften the water that travels through your pipes.