Not all water is the same. You may be wondering why there’s a white, chalky residue on faucets, showerheads, and other plumbing fixtures. The likely culprit is hard water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, nearly 85% of homes in the U.S. have hard water. This means the likelihood of having hard water in your home is quite high. Hard water can significantly impact the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures, hygiene, and water usage. Fixing the problem can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.
In this article, we will discuss some of the ways to test for water hardness and what you can do about it.
To conduct this test, you'll need a clean, clear plastic bottle with a tight-fitting lid, liquid soap, and some water from your source.
Hard water testing strips offer a quick and easy way to test your water’s hardness at home. You can purchase these strips at your local hardware store. Here are the steps to follow:
This is a more advanced method for testing water hardness. Look for a certified laboratory that specializes in water testing. You can search online or consult your local health department or environmental agency for recommendations. The laboratory will analyze your water sample and provide you with a detailed report of the findings. This report will typically include information about water hardness, mineral content, pH levels, and other relevant parameters.
Professional plumbers are usually more than happy to stop by your home and help you test for water hardness. Experienced plumbers are equipped with advanced tools and equipment to conduct accurate and precise testing for water hardness. If you suspect that you may have hard water in your home, you can reach out to a reputable plumbing service for testing.
If you’re looking for a trusted plumbing service to help you test for water hardness and install a water softener in your home, look no further than Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We are trusted plumbing professionals specializing in water softener installation and water filter installation.