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Do it During Half Time: Test for Hard Water

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Jessica
09.16.12

It’s Sunday, and that means football! While you never know for sure if your favorite team is going to win, one thing is for certain: there’s going to be a halftime show. We don’t have anything against marching bands and mascot dance moves, but why not take this time to do a quick home maintenance task? This one only takes about five minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to grab a snack afterwards.

As soon as your team is off the field, it’s time to test for hard water! Having “hard water” means that your water supply contains high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium. While it’s generally harmless to drink, hard water can damage your boiler, clog your pipes and even dry out your hair!

The initial test is simple: Fill a plastic bottle with about 10 ounces of water from your kitchen sink. Add about a teaspoon of liquid dish soap, close the plastic bottle and give it a good shake.

If the soap foams up naturally, you probably don’t have hard water and can go looking for your snack.

If it doesn’t foam, but instead forms a milky film at the top of the bottle, hard water could be an issue for you. Don’t panic! You can still grab a snack and watch the rest of the football game. Afterwards, though, run through a few more steps of the hard water test to see if you need to install a water softener.

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

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