Hard water contains high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium. It’s not a health risk, but it can impact your plumbing systems and your comfort. Here’s how it might be affecting you and your home.

Your Water Tastes or Smells Funny

One of the first clues you have a water conditioning problem is if your water has a strange taste or odor. If you have hard water, you might notice a metallic or dirt-like taste. This won’t make you sick, you’re just tasting the minerals in there. This may not be that much of a problem for you, but if you love to cook, the mineral taste might alter your dishes, and that can become irritating.

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Build-up of sediment in your appliances and make them far less efficient and cause them to break down more quickly.

Appliances Are Wearing Out

This can be a pretty costly effect of hard water. Deposits from mineral-rich water can cause a build-up of sediment in your appliances and make them far less efficient. Poor efficiency means bigger utility bills. It can also reduce their lifespan greatly, meaning you have to replace your appliances more often.

There’s Constant Soap scum

Another issue that can arise is white spots or soap scum. These are white spots are what’s leftover when water evaporates and leaves calcium deposits behind. If you notice your dishes are always spotty, it may not be your dishwasher. It may instead be your water. You may also find yourself cleaning the kitchen and bathroom more often and using more cleaning products due to hard water.

Your Clothes Aren’t Getting Clean

Another symptom? Clothes coming out of the wash feeling unclean or looking faded. This is due to hard water and detergent not playing nicely together. Detergent surrounds, bonds, and breaks down dirt particles in the wash. But when detergent and minerals mix, the soap bonds with the minerals instead. The new particles are hard to wash away and leave a chalky, sticky residue behind on your clothes. So not only do your clothes feel unclean, but it means graying or yellowing white linens, stiff towels, and gray streaks on colored clothing.

You and Your Family Have Skin Issues

It can also affect your skin. Soap has a hard time lathering up with hard water, so it can seem like you’re not using enough in the shower. Hard water also makes it harder to wash soap away, and the leftover soap causes people’s skin to get dried out and itchy. Not to mention mineral deposits get left behind on the skin and can suck more moisture out.

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We Can Fix Your Problem

Hard water can cause a whole list of problems in your home. Luckily, water softeners can help reduce the hardness of your water supply easily and efficiently. If you’re having water conditioning problems, let our experts at City Plumbing Services assist you. Contact us for reliable and professional plumbing services you can trust! We’re located in Cave Creek, but are ready to help those in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, and most of the East Valley of Arizona.

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