Easy ways to determine the hardness of your water
Getting to the bottom of your water woes once and for all
After experiencing the signs of hard water in the home, it’s natural that you want to determine the next steps to fix the problems. And as a quick reminder, hard water usually presents itself in the following ways:
- Spotty dishes
- Soap that won’t lather
- Hard-to-clean tubs and showers
- Dry skin
- Accumulated white crust around faucets, drains and shower heads
Here are a few ways to get you started:
1. Check with Your City
Contact your local water municipality, and they should be able to tell you your water hardness.
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2. Other Testing Methods
You can purchase a test kit from a home improvement store for $5 to $10. Many retailers who sell Morton Water Softeners also test your water. Bring a sample of your water to the plumbing department and ask them to test your water for hardness.
3. What’s Your Number?
With over 85% of all households experiencing some degree of hard water, knowing your “number” will let you see where your hardness stacks up. Once you’ve tested your water, the next step is to use your “number” to see just how hard your water is.