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Household Hard Water Test

Household Hard Water Test

“Hard Water” is a term that a term you are likely familiar with. However what is hard water, how can it effect your home and is there a simple method to determine if your home has hard water are some of the questions we hope to answer.

If your home has Hard Water it simply means that there are high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium in your water supply. Now generally hard water is harmless to drink, so not to panic, but that being said hard water can reek havoc on your home’s plumbing systems by damaging your boiler or clogging your pipes. Who wants to go out and spend as much as $10,000 to replace a boiler? No one!

In order to prevent such problems from arising in your home, use these simple steps to test for the dreaded “hard water”, because as G.I. Joe once said “Knowing Is Half The Battle”.

Hard Water Test Supplies

• A clear plastic bottle with a cap.
• Liquid dish Soap.

How To Perform A Hard Water Test

1. Fill the plastic bottle up about 3/4 of the way with water from your kitchen/bathroom sink. Next you will want to add around a teaspoon or so of the liquid dish soap, then put the cap on the bottle good and tight and shake things up. (Don’t be surprised when the kids want to test every faucet in the house for hard water) After everything is shaken and not stirred its time for the results.

If you see that the soap foams up naturally CONGRATULATIONS your results are in, it is very likely that you do not have hard water! At this point feel free to sing a song, do a dance, or let the kids blow some bubbles.

However if the soap doesn’t foam up like a rabid dog, but instead forms a milky film at the top of the bottle, hard water could be the culprit in which case the hard water test continues on.

2. If your home is connected to public water, just contact your local water utility company and request a recent hard water reading. If on the other hand you have a private well providing the water supply it will be time to roll up your sleeves a bit and test the water yourself. Not to worry its a whole lot simpler than it sounds just contact your local department of health and ask them which labs in your area can test your water. Usually you can send a sample of your house water to them and they will test if free of charge. So no running out for a home test, which can be inaccurate and unreliable, just leave it to the pros.

3. When the results are in, check them. Hard water is typically measured in grains per gallon (GPG) of dissolved minerals. If the test results show that your water has more than 4 GPG then your water supply levels are in the range to be considered high.

4. If your GPG results are 4+ then it would be ideal to have a water softener installed to reduce your homes levels. If it comes to this, not to worry, shop around, go to HomeDepot.com or Lowes.com and talk to an expert. As always it is also a good idea to have a water softener professionally installed, if this is direction you decided to go Angieslist.com is a great place to find an expert that can take care of business!

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