How to Stop Hard-Water Buildup

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Hard-water buildup can cause mineral deposits to cake on your faucets. Besides messing up your faucet, hard-water buildup can ruin your pipes and do a number on your hair, skin and nails. There are several methods to stop hard-water buildup that include chemical water softeners, water filters and magnetic water conditioners. The least costly method for eliminating hard water in your home is to install a water softener. In a water softener, the hard calcium and magnesium ions in the water are replaced with sodium ions, which do not hurt your pipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle with lid
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Water softener system
  • Salt
  • Test your water to make sure hard water is your problem. Fill a bottle with water from your faucet. Place 10 to 15 drops of dishwashing soap in the water. Securely fasten the lid on the bottle and shake. If your bottle fills with soap bubbles, then you do not have hard water. If your bottle fills with soapy film on the surface of the water with no bubbles, then you have hard water.

  • Go to your local home-improvement or hardware store and purchase a water softener system.

  • Hire a professional to install your water softener system. Installing a water softener takes a high level of skill and precision. Unless you are trained in water softener installation, hire a professional. Professional installers can be found where you purchased your system, on the Internet or in the phone book.

  • Fill your water softener with salt. Check the product information that came with your water softener to determine the type of salt you will need. Salt for your water softener may be purchased at the grocery or hardware store. You will need to refill the salt in your softener up to three times a year, depending on your level of water use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to check the references of your professional water softener installer. You also may want to ask your friends for recommendations in order to receive the highest level of professional service.
  • Review the instruction manual that comes with your water softener. If you do not fill the salt with the proper type and amount, your softener could stop working or become damaged.

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