To determine whether water is hard or soft, look for mineral deposits on sinks and in bathtubs, evaluate the cloudiness of a glass of hot tea or obtain a test kit from a hardware store or plumber. The hardness or softness of water refers to the mineral content in the water. Hard water has more mineral content than soft water.Continue Reading
The following steps can help determine whether or not hard water is present.
Homes with hard water often result in scaly mineral deposits on plumbing fixtures and sink basins. When water is washed down the drain, some of the minerals remain behind and form a film on the surfaces they touch. The film might be brown or gray in color.
Bring a cup of tea to a boil in the microwave, steep a tea bag for a few minutes and evaluate the cloudiness of the water after the tea bag is removed. Hard water is cloudier than soft water, and often produces a thin film on the surface of the glass.
Hardware stores and plumbing outlets sell test kits to help homeowners determine whether they have hard or soft water. Alternatively, contact the local water authority to inquire about water hardness in the community, or request a water hardness test from a plumber or the local government.
Homeowners who experience problems with their water pump should call a qualified water system contractor or a plumber. Water pump companies, such as Kocher's, provide their customers with a list of technicians they can call when something goes wrong with the appliance.Full Answer >
In standard backflow testing procedures, a certified backflow testing technician connects a test kit to the test ports on each backflow prevention device at the location to ensure the devices are functioning normally. Any backflow prevention devices that fail the testing procedure must be immediately repaired or replaced to avoid contaminating the rest of the water supply.Full Answer >
Bath screens are pieces of glass that affix to the wall of a shower or tub to prevent water from escaping into the rest of the room while the shower is in use. The screens only cover a portion of the shower, focusing on the area near the shower head, leaving the back of the shower open.Full Answer >
The addition of salt to a dishwasher softens hard water and prevents the mineral deposits that cause scaling. Scaling is the insoluble scummy ring in the bathtub, for instance. Scaling also clogs pipes, coats the inside walls of appliances such as coffeemakers and causes water heater failure.Full Answer >