Hard water is tap water with a high concentration of calcium and magnesium. In general, water that has 3.5 grains per gallon or more of dissolved minerals is considered hard.
Your location and where your water comes from has a lot to do with the hardness level. Before water reaches your tap, it has to travel from a natural source like a river, lake or well. Depending on the landscape around you, it may pass through mineral deposits and sediment present in soil. For example, if your area is surrounded by mountains with high iron or limestone content, chances are your water will have dissolved minerals in it by the time it reaches your home.
While hard water isn’t bad for your health, it can be a nuisance around your home. If you think you may have hard water, testing it to better understand the problem is the first step in treating it.
Just because all water may look the same, doesn’t mean the quality is. While you may not be able to visibly see the contaminants and problems in your water, you certainly will notice the side effects it leaves behind. If you have hard water, you may experience the following signs:
Hard water can negatively affect your hair and skin. Showering and washing your body in hard water can lead to:
You may also notice the negative impact of hard water around your household. Hard water in your home can cause:
Contaminated water is tap water that contains impurities, such as contaminants. Contaminants may include things like arsenic, lead, iron, sulfur, total dissolved solids, nitrates and PFOA/PFOS. These contaminants can be difficult to detect without a comprehensive water test. Overtime, they can negatively affect the health of you and your family. Moreover, contaminated water can affect your home, appliances and plumbing. Luckily, you can help prevent the issues caused by contaminated water. Testing your water quality is the first step to diagnosing the problem and solving it.
It’s not always easy to tell whether you have contaminated water or not. Sometimes contaminated water can look, feel and taste off. But more times than not, contaminated water won’t show any signs at all. That’s why testing the quality of your water is important.
These are a few of the common contaminants found in tap water and the effects they can have on your home and health:
Knowing what is in your water is the first step in solving for safer, better-quality water.
Schedule an appointment now for your free in-home water test or phone consultation. Your local Culligan water expert will help make sure you’re receiving the highest-quality water for your family.