Are you concerned about the quality of your water? If so, your first step is to implement a water test to confirm the current level of hardness of your home’s water supply. There are many options for hard water testing, all of which work well. You can purchase water test strips or an entire test kit; but if you want a really easy method that can be done without making a trip to the store or an online purchase, just get yourself an empty plastic bottle. That’s right; you can test for hard water using nothing but an empty plastic bottle, tap water, and a little bit of effort. Continue reading to learn how to get started!
What is Hard Water?
Hard water forms when rain hits the ground and percolates through rock, soil, and limestone. During this percolation, ground water accumulates hard minerals, like calcium and magnesium, making its composition change from naturally soft, to now, hard. See last month’s blog, “Common Contaminants in Tap Water and What You Can Do About Them” to learn exactly what could be lurking in your water. Hard water is a problem since it can affect everything from your plumbing and appliances, to your laundry and hair.
It is wise to treat hard water with the proper solutions in order to protect your investments, as well as your quality of life. Test your water to determine its hardness, then contact a licensed Indianapolis soft water service professional for information on your available options.
Hard Water Testing
What You Will Need: You can use any type of plastic bottle, such as a water bottle or soda bottle. The top priority is to make sure it is fully cleansed of whatever substance was in it prior. Be sure to wash it and fully dry it to get a more accurate test result.
How to Test Your Water:
❶ Fill the plastic bottle with water from your tap. Use a faucet that you use daily, such as the bathroom or sink faucet.
❷ Replace the lid to the bottle and ensure it is tightly shut.
❸ Holding the bottle in one hand, shake it rapidly for 20 to 30 seconds.
❹ Set the bottle down on a flat, stable surface.
❺ Inspect the bubble formation and appearance of the water inside the bottle.
How to Read Your Results:
To read your results, look for one of two outcomes:
☛ A lot of bubbles on top, and the water below is clear or mostly clear = Soft Water
☛ Little to no bubbles, and the water below is cloudy = Hard Water
How to Treat Hard Water
Call Soft Water Indianapolis by Weilhammer Plumbing at 317-749-0949 for affordable water filtration services in Central Indiana. We offer a wide range of water purification services for residential and commercial properties, including whole house water filters, reverse osmosis systems, water softening, and more. Call 317-749-0949 to request a free estimate, today.