Water access is something many are accustomed to. From an early age, we know we can turn on a tap and wash our hands, brush our teeth, or fill a glass with water. Consequently, we often only think about water and water systems once we buy a house or move to a new location with different water. 

Someone who grew up in a rural area with well water at home may be surprised by the difference in the water texture, smell, and taste when they move to a city. A person who’s always lived on the East Coast may be surprised by the differences when they turn on the tap for the first time after moving to Las Vegas, which is known for having very hard water.

Suppose you’ve moved to a different house or location or never thought about water quality before. In that case, you may wonder what hard water is and how to tell if you have hard water. Let’s look at hard water, some signs you may have a hard water issue, and how we can help.

Learn about Rain Water Conditioning of LV and how we can help you enjoy better quality water at home.

What is hard water?

Hard water is water with high amounts of minerals. Groundwater picks up mineral deposits from contact with limestone. Consequently, places with more limestone typically have more issues with hard water. The dissolved calcium and magnesium cause several symptoms affecting your laundry, appliances, and home water-related expenses. 

Common signs of hard water

It’s common for hard water to leave a residue, which produces distinct hard water symptoms, including the following:

  • Dry, itchy skin: Soap residue left by hard water significantly impacts your skin because it makes it hard to remove all the dirt from your body. Removing dirt is crucial for your skin’s health. When you can’t remove all the dirt because of hard water, your skin’s health suffers.
  • Dull hair: It’s harder to remove all the dirt and hair care products from your hair, affecting your hair’s shine and health
  • Laundry problems: You’ll have stiff, rough clothes when you do laundry with hard water. The hard water is also harsher on your clothes during the wash cycles and damages the fibers, which can cause fabrics to tear.
  • Spots: Hard water leaves signs behind, including spots and stains. You could have hard water if you’ve noticed spots on dishes after you clean them or stains on your bathtub.
  • Water pressure issues: The residue build-up in your plumbing system can increase until it affects your water pressure
  • Water bill increases: Hard water residue builds up in your pipes, causing water pressure issues. The increased pressure damages your pipes. When pipes crack, you end up with water leaks that can cause your water bills to skyrocket until you repair your pipes.


Hard water consequences

The consequences of using hard water include the following:

  • Appliances break down faster: Hard water build-up in dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances can reduce their lifespan
  • Damaged materials: You’ll need to replace bedding, towels, and other linens more often because of damage from hard water
  • Clothes wear out faster: Hard water makes clothes fade and can cause holes and tears, meaning you must replace clothes more often


How can I test my water to see if it is hard?

Review the symptoms and see how many signs of hard water are present in your home. This is one way to determine if you could have hard water. Other steps you can take include the following:

  • Learn about your local water: Las Vegas has hard water, which increases the likelihood that you have hard water in your home. If you live in an area with hard water, you know to look for symptoms of hard water in your home.
  • Hire someone to test your water: Hiring water conditioning experts is an ideal way to thoroughly assess your water’s condition and learn how to address issues such as hard water. You’ll receive expert analysis and insights about your water’s condition and how to improve water quality.
  • Get a home test kit: If you move to a home without a water softener, you could be experiencing hard water for the first time. Testing your water can confirm you have a hard water issue.
  • Use a special instrument: You can invest in a colorimeter or a spectrophotometer to test your water


What can I do to treat hard water? 

You can do several things to reduce the effects of hard water. Some involve daily work, while others involve investing in your home water system. Your hard water treatment options include the following:

  • Boil water: Boiling water eliminates the calcium and magnesium ions in your water, so your water isn’t hard anymore
  • Clean appliances with vinegar: Vinegar is a powerful cleanser that destroys mineral deposits. Using it to clean appliances prevents mineral build-up that can affect their performance and reduce lifespan.
  • Install a water softener: A water softener eliminates the mineral deposits from your water before it reaches your household systems, protecting pipes, appliances, clothes, dishes, and you
  • Use lime/calcium spray: Lime/calcium sprays are designed to eliminate hard water stains


How can Rain Water of Vegas help?

Rain Water Conditioning of LV specializes in creating and maintaining exceptional home water systems. We aim to ensure you find the perfect solution for your water needs. We offer several options you can use to improve your water quality. 

Whole home water systems

Whole home water systems treat all water in your house. You don’t have to worry about needing water from specific sources for certain tasks; you can trust the water quality from all taps in your home.

Our Quad 80 conditioning system tackles hard water and chlorine while delivering chemical-free water to your entire home. We also offer a water-saving reverse osmosis system, which tackles chemicals, bacteria, salt, and other harmful contaminants.

Other systems we offer include the UD 60 Residential Water Conditioner, a reverse osmosis alkaline water system, and Evercold and Everhot systems.

We’ll also explain the differences between water softeners and water conditioners and help you determine the best option for your needs.

Call us to learn about our reverse osmosis system and other home water systems.

Water softener repairs

If you have a water softener or water conditioner but notice signs of hard water issues, your system may need repairs. Our team will evaluate your system and identify any issues keeping it from tackling hard water.

Water softener maintenance

Maintaining your home water system ensures it functions correctly and prevents hard water issues. Rain Water Conditioning of LV offers maintenance services such as filter changes that save you money in the long run. You’ll also avoid the inconvenience of dealing with emergency repairs by reducing the likelihood that your home water system will break down.

Home salt delivery

Water conditioners need salt. Signing up for home salt delivery ensures you always have the supplies you need on hand. Also, our delivery team will test your water for free to ensure optimal quality and refill your system. Our delivery experts also offer tips you can use to maintain the quality of the water in your home.

Better water with Rain Water

Whether you are new to the Las Vegas area or you are ready for better water in your home, turn to the experts at Rain Water Conditioning in Las Vegas, Nevada. We offer water softeners and water conditioners, installation, maintenance, and repair. Contact us today for all your home water needs

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