Water with a high pH content is also known as hard water. Hard water can be a great problem because of its considerable calcium and magnesium content. When heated, these minerals get separated from the water and accumulate onto surfaces as mineral deposits, otherwise known as “scale.” This scale can then adversely affect the performance of household fixtures like water lines, as well as become unattractive sights in bathrooms and kitchens. In addition, they’re quite tough to remove.
So how can you tell if you have hard water? Various telltale signs manifest, including what’s already been described—visible scaling which are left over after water evaporates. Scaling appears as white spots or powder on different surfaces, as well as some sort of “coating” on the inside of glassware. Hard water also makes it difficult to lather soap, and the minerals in it can also remain in your hair after a shower.
Perhaps the best way to solve hard water issues is to call qualified plumbers and have them install a water softener. Water softeners make the calcium and magnesium traces in hard water switch places with more desirable minerals like sodium, essentially eliminating the problem with mineral deposits since sodium doesn’t precipitate. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about sodium accumulation—the amount added to your water is less than 12.5 milligrams per an 8-ounce glass. With the calcium and magnesium gone, you can enjoy showers the way you’re supposed to and not worry about your pipes anymore.