How Do I Know if I Have Hard Water?
Most everyone has hard water. This is especially true if you live in the continental United States. The calcium hardness level of your water does vary depending on where you live. Our U.S. Water Hardness Map is helpful in determining if you live in a region with slightly hard or rocklike hard water, or somewhere in between. Well water is generally harder than city or municipal water. There are several ways to determine the level of hard water in your home:
- Limescale buildup on your appliances, fixtures, tubs, sinks, etc. is a tell-tale sign of hard water issues. Watch these videos from the DIY Network and HGTV to learn more.
- Hard water testing – if you live in an area with municipal or city water, they conduct regular testing and can provide you with information on calcium hardness. Some municipalities even make the information available on their website.
- Pick up your own hard water testing kit – you can test the water yourself using a kit available at a pool supply store. You can also bring in a sample of your water to a pool store with in-house water testing capabilities. This is especially important for homes using well water.
Everyone has hard water to some extent. Regardless of how hard your water is, ScaleBlaster can prevent limescale formation. This is important for your health and for the health of your appliances, fixtures and pipes. Be sure to read our next article titled, What You Don’t See Can Hurt Your Home.