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How to Know If Hard Water Is Damaging Your House?

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Moved to a new place and you are wondering something is fishy but not getting it. Suddenly your sly suspect is tap water. 

Yes, my friend you are dealing with hard water problems. This may sound weird to you but water hardness is a serious issue, don’t neglect the signs.

Read this full article to extirpate anxiety and trouble.

So what Hard Water actually is?

Remember your old school days where we learned H2O aka water comprises of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, right. But we did not know earlier that water also has some extra stuff that we consume. Some of the contents are acceptable and do not causes any harm to the body but few do. Contaminants present in water have negative impacts on family’s health if not treated within time. One thing is sure to tap water isn’t 100 percent pure.

Hard water is rainwater that percolates in rocks. Being a good solvent it dissolves minerals quickly. The high mineral content determines water hardness. Generally, calcium and magnesium are discovered but other minerals like limestone, silica, strontium, zinc, iron, and aluminum are also present.

Obviously, calcium and magnesium aren’t always bad for health, they are beneficial sometimes. According to WHO and NIH, hard water minerals do not have harmful effects on the human body. Instead, they fulfill the essential nutrients required. However, the culprit is the sediments present in hard water containing harmful bacteria. These bacterial growths affect home and health adversely.

Are you experiencing hard water problems and want to determine whether you are right or not. Follow these 3 easy DIY methods to be sure:

Method 1: Quick Test for Water Hardness:

  1. Choose a clear bottle that can hold at least 12 ounces of water. For this, you can get any transparent bottle or a tight container.
  2. Fill the bottle with the regular tap water. Now add 10 to 20 drops of dishwasher gel or any liquid soap.
  3. Close the container tightly and shake it vigorously.
  4. If the soap suds are formed in excess the water is soft else hard.
  5. If you are noticing fewer soap suds add more 10 drops and repeat the process. Until you see ample soap bubbles. If you have additionally added liquid soap the test results are:

20 drops: Slightly hard

30 drops: moderately hard

40 drops: hard

More than 40 drops: Extremely hard

  • Look for the soap scum if the water is clear and soap scum is less water is not that hard. If the water looks cloudy and thick soap scum is formed water is probably hard.

This test is a general observation and a rough estimate but takes a few minutes. It is because some soap is high grade and reacts with hard water quickly forming soap suds. That may be confusing though.

Method 2: Recognizing water Hardness Problems:

If you are having the listed issues you probably have hard water in your region:

  • Your water has a bad odor and awful taste
  • Strange stains on taps, fixtures, tiles, and floors
  • Soap scum cleaning has become your daily routine
  • Clogged pipes and damaged plumbing
  • You feel the soapy residue on your skin
  • A whitish cast is seen on appliances like a coffee maker or boiler
  • Your clothes feel stained and dull after wash
  • A family member’s suffering from skin irritation
  • Appliances are getting worn out quickly

Method 3: Checking Hardness Level Accurately:

Water hardness units are available in the market. You can avail them from water-based companies or Municipal Corporations nearby. To use them you need to understand it first. Most of the units are common in many regions.

  • Grains per Gallon (GPG): 3.5 – 7.0 means Moderately Hard
  • PPM, mg/L or American degree (Hardness): 60 to 120 Moderately Hard

Contact your local water supply company to gather more information related to geographical conditions and water content. Few companies also conduct free water testing. If you have that facility in your area calls for their services or order a DIY water testing kit.

For a DIY water testing kit, follow the instructions:

  • Take out the strip and a glass of tap water.
  • Dip straight into the water. Watch it color changing and look for the levels. A company generally mentions the hardness level on their packets or strips.
  • This test provides accurate results but they are confined to the household purpose and are not precise for the pool or other systems.


Hope the above data have helped you in knowing hard water threats and how to know you have a hard water supply. If you are in dilemma send a water sample to water testing laboratories which will provide you apt information and solution for the same. After that what you need to do? Of course, you need to purchase a water softener.

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