What Is Hard Water?

A common question we get asked, “What is Hard Water?”

One of water’s most famous qualities is its ability to erode surfaces. As it travels through the ground, it comes in contact with many different surfaces, including the bedrock that makes up the Earth’s surface. Hard water is the “dissolved rock” found in your water supply, consisting of minerals, like calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate, that the water picked up while traveling through the ground.

One way to remove hard water from your water supply is to install a water softener. If you’re unsure whether your water is hard, the best way to determine this is to have it tested. We can provide you with an easy-to-use test strip for you to check the hardness level of your water.

You can usually detect hard water by the evidence in your home, including:

Hard water built up on a coffee pot
  • Excessive or quick forming soap scum on bathtubs, shower tiles, and basins
  • Film left on the body after bathing resulting in dry skin and dull, limp, or frizzy hair
  • Decreased cleaning capabilities of soaps and detergents, resulting in dingy laundry and reduced life of clothing
  • Increased buildup of scale on plumbing fixtures and cooking utensils such as a tea kettle, coffee maker, and dishwashers
  • Clogged shower head and pipes

The WaterBoss® whole house water softener features a built-in self-cleaning dirt and sediment filter for an even better quality water. Never worry about changing a filter again by having a water softener that comes with one!