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Filmy dishes again? You could have hard water.

If you just can’t seem to get your dishes clean no matter how many times you run the dishwasher, you’re not alone. Hard water is a common issue for many Frederick County residents, and without proper treatment, it can dull your clothing, make your appliances work less efficiently, and can even clog your pipes. Keep riding to see how Putman Plumbing can help.

Signs of Hard Water

Hard water contains a buildup of mineral content, usually consisting of magnesium and calcium ions and other dissolved compounds. All of these minerals can build up and get stuck together, and is hard to rinse off. Here are some signs that you have hard water.

Your Clothes are Fading Fast

The minerals in hard water leave a residue on clothing, making their colors fade quickly and material feel scratchy. Hard water can also make even softest sheets feel rough.

You Keep Running Out of Hot Water

The large amount of sediment can build up quickly inside your water heater, making it more difficult to heat the water and eventually increasing your energy bills. So if your water heater is the right size for your household (10 gallons per person) but the last one of you in the shower is still getting cold water, you could have hard water affecting your hot water heater.

Your Dishes Won’t Come Clean

When the minerals in hard water mixes with detergent, you’ll find embarrassing white spots and film all over your dishes that won’t rinse away. This can be frustrating and no matter what kind of detergent you switch to, you may not be able to get rid of that film. 

Your Shower Doors are Disgusting

You can clean your shower to your heart’s content, but if your Frederick County home has hard water, soap scum will build back up quickly since those minerals will just stick to it and make it hard to rinse away. Hard water will also leave a film in your hair and on your skin that can dry them out.

How Can Putman Plumbing Help Get Rid of Hard Water?

We can install a water softening system or conditioner to reduce excess calcium and magnesium ions in your water, and replace them with sodium ions. Sodium ions allow residue and buildup to dissolve more easily, leaving you with softer laundry, cleaner dishes, healthier hair and skin, and lower energy bills.

Talk to a Putman plumber about having either a whole house water conditioning or softening system installed, or about having one put in under your kitchen sink for cleaner drinking water. We’re always here to help, so just give us a call!