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    In a previous blog post, we defined hard water and explained one of the services that The Bosworth Company provides to combat it. Today, we’ll explore some of the symptoms of hard water, so you know what to look for.

    Taste and Smell

    Sometimes hard water can be detected by how it tastes or smells. If your water tastes or smells funny, it’s likely a sign of hard water. A metallic taste could indicate too much iron, while a dirt flavor could be caused by sediment from rusty pipes. A smell or taste like rotten eggs could be the result of sulfates from magnesium.

    Stains in the toilet

    No, those stains in the toilet probably aren’t what you’re thinking. It’s more likely the result of hard water. The brown stains inside the toilet bowl look a lot like rust. That’s because they’re likely from iron in your water, the main ingredient in rust. You can scrub all you want, but the stains will keep coming back as long as you’ve got hard water.

    Excessive Soap Scum

    Does it feel like you’re constantly having to clean what appears to be soap scum around your sinks and tubs? Those might actually be hard water spots. If the water sits, then evaporates, what’s left can actually be excess calcium. Hard water and soap just don’t mix. Be especially careful if you find this type of stain accumulating on your shower curtains – it can potentially contain bacteria that can spread disease. 

    Suffering in the Shower

    Remember when we mentioned that hard water and soap don’t mix? This can cause even more problems in the shower. Hard water can make it tough to lather up and tough to thoroughly rinse when you’re through.  Hard water can also clog your shower head, reducing water pressure and even blocking streams if not cleaned regularly. 

    The Bosworth Company offers a variety of solutions to combat hard water. Schedule an appointment or give us a call at 830-428-2764 to discuss options, including reverse osmosis or our water softeners. Worth the call. Always.