Hard water can leave behind mineral deposits, dry out your skin, and make it nearly impossible to get a clean load of dishes out of your dishwasher. The good news is, remedying this problem can be as simple as installing a water softener in your home. Of course, before you are able to take action to correct the problem, you will first need to determine whether or not your problems truly are caused by hard water or if there may be another culprit to blame. Thankfully, making this determination can be much easier than you think. In fact, all you need to do is complete the simple three-step test outlined below.
What You Will Need
- empty plastic bottle with cap
- tap water
- dish detergent
Step 1: Rinse the Bottle
The most important part of this test is to ensure the bottle you are using is completely free of any liquids or debris that could interfere with the results. This is why it is so important to rinse the bottle with the same water you will be testing. This step should be completed even if the bottle is brand new, since it may contain a residue that was left behind by the manufacturing process.
In order to complete this step, simply fill the bottle approximately halfway and put the cap on. Shake the bottle vigorously for approximately thirty seconds and then dump the water out.
Step 2: Refill the Bottle
Again, you will need to fill the bottle approximately halfway with the water you wish to test. However, this time, you will need to add approximately six drops of dish detergent to the water before placing the cap on the bottle. With the soap and water in place, begin shaking the bottle for another thirty second period.
Step 3: Read the Results
At the end of thirty seconds, remove the cap from you bottle and watch to see what the soap bubbles do. If soap suds overflow from your bottle, you have relatively soft water and will not need to add a water softening unit to your home. However, if the water fails to produce an abundance of soap suds or if the suds are very short lived, you do in fact have hard water and will need to install a softening unit to correct the problem.
When reading the results of this water test, the fewer suds you have, the harder your water is. If your water failed to produce any suds, your water is extremely hard and will require immediate attention. For help as you test your water, talk to a water testing company like A B Hoxie.