How to Test for Hard Water in Your Home


Joe KnowsHard water, contrary to what the term sounds like, is not ice. The “hard” refers to a high mineral content. There are many arguments for and against the use of hard water in homes. It's a common issue in homes and is easy to test for. Here’s how.

Before You Test

If you are in the market for your first home and have never dealt with hard water, educate yourself on what it is and the issues that come along with it. 

When certified water testing facilities measure the amount of minerals in a water sample, anything with more than one grain of hardness per gallon qualifies as being "hard." defines a grain of hardness as the “amount of calcium and magnesium equal in weight to a kernel of wheat.” 

What problems come with hard water? Some argue that hard water does not taste as good as soft water. It also cuts back on the efficiency of soaps and detergents, and causes unsightly mineral buildup. Bathing in hard water can leave an icky film of minerals and soap scum on your skin.

If a home you are considering buying does indeed have hard water, don’t worry. One easy solution is to install water filters for the whole house.

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