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Hard Water:

Is it damaging your plumbing?

Close-up of limescale build-up. Selective focus on hard water deposit on old tap spout. Chrome kitchen or bathroom faucet with crusty calcium carbonate needing descaler.

If you’ve ever noticed limescale buildup on your faucets, dry and itchy skin after a shower, or dull, lifeless hair, you might be dealing with a common but often overlooked issue – hard water.

Hard water is a pervasive problem in many households, impacting everything from your daily routines to the longevity of your appliances. You can take action to ensure your water is safe and healthy for you and your family.

What causes hard water?

Hard water is water that contains a high concentration of minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium. These minerals are naturally present in the earth’s crust and can find their way into your water supply. As water percolates through the ground, it picks up these minerals on the way to your well. While these minerals are not harmful to your health, it can cause a range of issues in your daily life.

The negative effects of hard water on you and your plumbing

Below are some of the most common problems caused by hard water:

Close-up of limescale build-up on faucet
Scale Buildup:
The minerals in your water can accumulate on your fixtures and appliances, leaving unsightly white deposits. This can damage plumbing and appliances.
Dry Skin and Hair:
Bathing in hard water can leave your skin feeling dry and itchy, your hair looking lackluster and soaps may not lather well in hard water, making it harder to get clean.
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Spotty Dishes & Glassware:
Do you have stubborn water spots and streaks on your dishes and glasses? This can make them look dirty even after washing.
Increased Energy Bills:
 Water heaters and dishwashers work harder and use more energy when dealing with high mineral content in water, leading to higher energy bills.

Do I need a water softener?

Not every home needs a water softener. Groundwater content varies from one area to another, and high mineral content can be present in both well water and city water. At U.S. Water, we always start with a FREE test of your water hardness in our state-certified water testing laboratory to make sure that you are installing the correct water treatment system for your needs.

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The Right Solution Starts with an Accurate Test

High mineral content can vary greatly from one region to the next. The first step in addressing any water problem is to have it professionally tested.
U.S. Water offers comprehensive well water testing services through its Wisconsin state-certified water testing lab. This ensures the most accurate testing and, with our test facility onsite, you are guaranteed a fast turnaround time. In addition to our basic analysis, we offer a full range of certified water tests and well inspection services.