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How to Tell if You Have Hard Water at Home

effects of hard water on a shower head. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Amarillo, Texas.
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Hard water is an undesirable thing, and unfortunately, it plagues thousands of homes across the country. This inconvenient contamination of otherwise fresh water is caused by excessive amounts of calcium and magnesium, among other minerals that find their way into your water system. Hard water affects your pipes, leaves a visible, hard-to-clean film in your bathroom fixtures, and is detrimental to your skin and hair. So, how can you tell if you have hard water in your home? Conduct a do-it-yourself hard water test.

You Only Need Two Items

This test could not be simpler while still giving you the information you need to know whether or not you should proceed with a water softener or water filtration system. You only need two things for the test, both of which you probably have at home right now. Find a clear bottle, perhaps an empty water bottle or even a sealable container, and fill it ¾ of the way full with water. Your second item for the experience is liquid soap of your choice. Make sure, however, that it is pure soap and not detergent, as detergents will interfere with the experiment. Put 10 drops into your container.

Shake and Observe

Shake your filled bottle or container vigorously for at least 10 seconds. Once you have done so, let it sit for a minute or two. What do you see? If, after shaking, the bubbles from the soap are resting on the top with clear water underneath, you are within the lucky 15% of homes that do not have hard water. If your bottle is cloudy with little to no bubbles, you are within the 85% that do have hard water, according to the Water Right Group.

Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Amarillo Today!

If your experiment resulted in the latter outcome, do not worry. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Amarillo, we are experts in water softeners and water filtration systems, which can help not only to soften your hard water, but will also work to remove additional contaminants from your water supply. We care about your water consumption, so give us a call at 806-243-1849. We serve Amarillo, Texas, and the surrounding cities.

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