Hard water is a reality in many areas of America. Almost everyone has experienced hard water at some point in their lives. Perhaps you noticed a metallic taste from a drinking fountain in a State Park. Maybe you stayed at a mountain cabin and your hair was left feeling like straw after shampooing.

While these may be extreme examples of exposure to mineral-laden water, more subtle signs of hard water may be building in your own home. Watch for these telltale signs that could be pointing to hard water damage and indicating the need for a water softener.

Skin Irritation

Water softeners directly benefit your skin. Water that is too hard can cause a soapy residue that remains on skin and clothes. It is almost like soaping up and forgetting to rinse. This can result in:

  • Dry skin and scalp
  • Soap residue on washed clothes
  • Promotion of split ends
  • Increased skin rashes

Water that is too hard makes everything dry. Add to this soap residue that sticks to skin and clothes and you are left with discomfort.

Water Heater Break Down

Water heaters have a specific job to perform – to heat our water in a tank and hold it for immediate use. Without a water softener, minerals cling to the sides of the water heater tank. Mineral deposits also clog pipes and internal workings that can decrease the efficiency of your water heater. This can result in higher energy costs, decrease the water heater life and affect the quality of your water.

There are ways to help prevent scale build-up inside of a water heater. The easiest way is to invest in a Culligan Water Softener.

Difficulty in Maintenance

Hard water makes everything appear old and worn. It results in dull colored clothing, spots on glasses and windows, and mineral deposits in pots and pans. You can scrub and scrub the built-up particles off of surfaces, but they will never return to their original state unless soft water is introduced. Vinegar can help to remove spots, however, this is a short-term solution. Appliances are also prone to the hardships of mineral deposits. Dishwashers and washing machines will wear out sooner when exposed to water that is too hard.

If you feel that your water is not providing the best results for personal hygiene, comfort and maintenance, it is time to call a soft water professional and find out if you are plagued with hard water. Culligan Water of Kansas City can test your water and provide you with solutions.