Water naturally contains different minerals. Calcium and magnesium are a few of the elements that occur in water. How much mineral content your water has depends on your location. Hard water is a common problem in Austin and the surrounding areas. Consider these three signs that you need a water softener installation.

Films and Spots

You may notice that your glassware looks like it has spots or a film on it after you wash it or run it through the dishwasher. You may also notice a crusty or crunchy texture to your clothing after washing it in hard water and may also develop stains. Additionally, your hair and skin may turn dull and feel crusty because of hard water. When you pour detergent into the washing machine or dishwasher, you might notice curds that are leftover. This is because the detergent doesn’t dissolve well in hard water.

Mineral Buildup in Your Plumbing

Hard water may cause mineral and rust buildup in your plumbing fixtures. You might notice a scaly crust on the bathtub or bathroom faucets. The showerhead may frequently get clogged because of the buildup. Porcelain toilets, sinks, and bathtubs may develop orange stains from the high mineral content. You might also notice more plumbing problems, such as faster failure of your water heater or water pressure issues. When you run the water, you might even see little particles of rust come out of the faucet.

High Water Test Results

The clearest way to know if you need a water softener installation is to have a water hardness test performed, explains the Minnesota Department of Health. If your water has 120 parts per million or higher of mineral content, you need a water softener. Austin averages 184 parts per million, so most homeowners will benefit from getting a water softener.

For more information about how a water softener installation could benefit your home, check out AC Pro’s plumbing services page or call today.

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