Hard water can be damaging to both your health and your piping system over time. Being aware that you have hard water is the first step towards taking measures, so read on to find out what the signs of hard water are, how to test it, and what to do about it.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is characterized by high concentrations of minerals like magnesium or calcium. While these elements are normally present in the water system, when they exceed a certain concentration the water becomes damaging to your pipes, appliances, and even to your health and well-being.
Damage Caused by Hard Water
Hard water can cause scaling on the inside of your pipes, causing breaking and bursting over time. It can reduce the lifespan of your appliances using water, and water heaters. When it comes in contact with soap residue, it forms soap scum, which can easily form clogs in your sink and bathtub drains.
If you use hard water daily, you might notice damage to your skin, in the form of rashes and dry skin or dull hair.
Do You Need a Water Softener for Your Well Water?
To determine if you do need a water softener for your well, do a quick test for water hardness. Your municipality or private water purifying companies can provide free tests in your area.
If your water hardness is more than 7 grains per gallon, it’s a sure sign that a water softener is needed.
How to Choose the Right Well Water Softener
When it comes to your well water, choose a system that is not hard to maintain and has a minimal impact on the environment. Standard salt-based softeners that have been used widely in the past are not so desirable anymore, because of the damage they cause to the environment.
If you do choose a brine system, make sure it has a smart monitoring feature that tells you when it’s time to replace the salt in the brine tank. Our systems are equipped with a wifi system that alerts you to an easy to install and use the app.
If you are going to a salt-free solution for your well water, choose a product like our Culligan Salt-Free Conditioner or check our offer for more options.
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