Here at Parker & Sons, we answer hundreds of home service calls each and every year. And we have been doing this for quite a few years. Since 1974. That means we are approaching 43 years in business! Now, over these years we have busted more clogs, fixed more leaky pipes, installed more HVAC units, and tuned-up more circuit breakers than we can count. We have done a lot of hard work and made a lot of homeowners very happy. In that time, we have also answered a lot of questions people have about their homes. Starting today, we are beginning a series of blogs in which we answer a few of the more common questions that always seem to come to people’s minds when we are on a service call. Today, we are going to talk about hard water.
What is Hard Water?
First off, hard water is a very common problem here in the American Southwest, so if you think you have hard water problem, you are not alone. Hard water occurs as moisture percolates through the ground. In some areas where the ground is particularly mineral rich (here), minerals are dissolved in the water then they hop along of a ride. The ground water is then full of minerals. In Phoenix, most of our water is groundwater, and almost all of our groundwater is mineral rich. Therefore, almost all our water is hard.
What Are The Signs of Hard Water?
The signs of hard water are pretty clear (or rather… murky). The signs of hard water included spotty dishes, excessive soap scum buildup, crusty mineral buildup in your shower, low water pressure, dry skin, and even a strange taste to your water. Typically, if you have hard water, you will notice several of these signs. While most of these issues are superficial, some of them can cause major issues if they are not fixed.