Do you have dry skin and hair? Do you drink bottled water because your tap water tastes or smells bad? Are you constantly replacing your water-using appliances? These are all signs that your water quality may not be up to par. While you may have municipally treated water, making it technically safe to drink and bathe in, it can still be causing you significant problems. Here are 10 signs you need to invest in water quality:
1. Dry, Irritated Skin
Wouldn’t it be nice to step out of the shower or bath and have your whole body feel smooth and soft? Unfortunately, the chlorine used to treat municipal water can cause dry skin. Hard water causes soap to form a curd which is difficult to rinse off, leaving a layer of soap behind which can also contribute to dry skin. Rather than having to use lotions to remedy these problems, why not bathe in soft, chlorine-free water?
2. Dull, Lifeless, Broken Hair
Soft, shiny hair is possible without expensive products. Chlorine can damage hair and cause split ends, and the minerals in hard water cause soap to form a curd. This soap curd is difficult to rinse and can make your hair dull and lifeless.
3. Bad Taste
Chlorine and chloramine are important for killing microorganisms and keeping municipal water safe, but once the water is in your home, they may cause it to taste bad. Buying bottled water is a way around this problem, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to drink straight from your tap?
4. Unpleasant Smell
There are various reasons that water can smell bad, but no matter the reason, if your water smells bad, you’ll find yourself lugging heavy bottles of water around rather than using what comes out of your tap. What if you could use water that doesn’t smell bad not just for drinking, but also for cooking and rinsing produce?
5. Having to Replace Water-Using Appliances
Do you find that your water heater, dishwasher or laundry machine never seem to last as long as they should? Hard water causes scale to build up in water-using appliances, shortening their lifespan. Chlorine also dries out rubber seals, requiring you to repair or replace your appliances sooner.
6. Scale Build-Up on Kitchen and Bath Fixtures
Hard water causes scale to build-up on fixtures that is not only difficult to clean, but also slows down water flow. That same scale builds up on the inside of your pipes, too.
7. Water Spots
Technically, this is just the minerals left behind after water has evaporated. These unsightly marks can appear on glass, dishes and cars unless you carefully dry everything after you wash it.
8. Soap Scum
Calcium and magnesium just don’t get along with soap. When using hard water to wash, a thin film is left behind. This builds up over time and can become extremely difficult to remove. If you’re sick of cleaning up the layers of soap scum on your bathtub, showers and sinks, it’s time to think about improving your water quality.
9. Clothing Loses Its Color Quickly or Feels Scratchy
Chlorine breaks down the fibers in fabric, causing them to lose their color and not last as long. If your clothing feels scratchy, there’s probably soap curd left behind due to hard water, which can also make your whites start to turn yellow.
10. Water Staining
Have you noticed strange-colored stains around your sinks, toilets or water-using appliances? Red, orange or black stains indicate that there’s iron or manganese in your water. If your water has low pH, you may find blue-green stains.
Don’t just deal with your water problems – solve them! High quality water saves you time and money. You can reduce the amount of time spent cleaning and stop buying cases of bottled water. When looking for water treatment options, make sure they address your specific concerns. Contact us today for a free water consultation to find out what’s best for you.
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