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How to Know If You Have Hard Water

The Minneapolis and St. Paul areas are known for having some of the hardest water in the country. Sometimes city treatment facilities do some work to alleviate the hardness in the water, but they only take the water so far. They're not equipped to deal with the water that's unique to your home. So if you have hard water, you need to find a soft water solution for your home.


Homeowners experiencing hard water will notice some of the following issues:

  • dishes stained with spots and soap scum
  • water fixtures with build up of minerals (issues like orange stains in your toilet)
  • soap that won’t lather well or rinse off completely
  • dingy, scratchy laundry
  • build up of scale deposits in your plumbing
  • skin conditions like eczema and hair that is dry and frizzy

Is Hard Water Harmful?

There's no substantial evidence to indicate that hard water is harmful to your health. It often does not taste very good (with a metallic or rotten egg taste and smell) and so many assume that it is bad for you.

But while it's not hard on your health, it is hard on your home, on your clothing, on your body, and your wallet. Homeowners who haven’t resolved their hard water issues will find themselves continually inconvenienced by the financial and personal impact that hard water is having on their lives.

What To Do If You Have Hard Water

If you think you might have hard water, the first thing you should do is have it tested. You can buy a “do it yourself” testing kit from Amazon or a hardware store. These tests are relatively inexpensive, but be advised that they’re also incomplete. They’ll give you a glimpse into your issues but won't be able to give you the insight that a professional can.

For a thorough test that will help you see exactly what’s needed for your water and what you can do about it, you need a professional water assessment completed. This will allow you to see the true condition of your water and the best remedy for it.

Your water is different than other the water in other homes. That’s why your water solution should be different.

Talk to Water Doctors about what’s best for you.