How to Detect and Test Hard Water

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Hard water can cause staining and clog pipes. Discover how to detect hard water problems with the help of this free video presented by a professional and experienced plumber.

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I'm Terry with Towers Murray Plumbing in Murray, Utah. Today, we're going to talk a little bit about hard water, what you can do to test to see if maybe a water softener is what you need. Today, we're going to use test strips to test hardness and also we'll show you an actual test kit. Reason for testing for hard water, hard water is really bad on faucets, sinks, water heaters, washing machines. So, we need to know what the hardness is to see if your area needs to have a water softener. On a test strip, you'll take a test strip, we run it under a little bit of water. Your chart will have different hardnesses; it'll just match it up, that's a quick reference to tell if you've got hard water. Next is an actual water test kit. We want to actually take the water here and test our hardness to find out what our hardness actually is. Take our water, pour it into the test bottle. Take this compound here, mix with the water, product turns pink. And next product, you put one drop at a time until your water turns to a blue coloration. You want to count these steps or drips. In this case, you should be right around twenty; that tells us that it's 20 grains of hardness. That's fairly hard water. At this point, you maybe in need of a water softener. And again, I'm Terry with Towers Murray Plumbing. We've showed you how to test your water for hardness to see if maybe you might need a water softener.

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