Many times you may want to know how to test for hard water in order to know if a water softener is needed in your home. You must understand that water hardness is measured in GPG which stands for grains per gallon or it can also be measured in PPM which stands for parts per million. The GPG is measured using a Water hardness test kit. You will need to know how many grains per gallon your system can handle. PPM 17.1 equals 1 GPG and anything over 3.5 GPG to 11 GPG is considered hard water. So if you are ever told hard water harness in PPM measurements you can find out the GPG by dividing the number by and convert the units.
Hard water is usually softened to about 5 GRG or 5 grains per gallon by your local water utility supplier. This water is still very hard because it is not intended for only home use and it is used in various mundane tasks that don’t require soft water. This is the reason that hard water still exists in homes and must be treated appropriately.
When installing a whole house water softener system you can benefit greatly as it reduces all the water supply in your home. You can usually see obvious signs of hard water in your home. To find out how hard the water really is you should contact your city water department or municipal water department. When obtaining information about the hardness of the water you may also contact water softening or water conditioning company. Please be advised that a company has an interest in selling you equipment that you may not really need.
Water softer companies have free water sample tests can be mailed to you. The instructions for the test kits are really easy to use and follow. When measuring and checking the water for hardness you may also consider checking the water for nitrate and coliform bacteria. It is recommended that you check well water for bacteria on an annual basis. Some well water may contain radon or lead or may contain bacteria which can be harmful. Your local water and health department will be aware or may need to become aware of these results. It is advised that any test conducted on hard water is done in a state certified laboratory.The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has information regarding how to test for hard water.
Most problems that are caused by hard water are usually hidden until a failure occurs in appliances that use water or in the plumbing of one’s home. When hard water is heated the dissolved minerals in the hard water actually recrystallize and scale which causes plumbing to be clogged and water flow to become reduced.
You can tell it is becoming a problem when you notice that you need to scrub and rinse more when housecleaning. Hard water caused suds to form on dishes and other forms of cooking pots and pans. Clothing stars to take on a gray color and becomes stiff after washing. Hard water minerals give water a very unattractive appearance. The hard water minerals that included iron also cause the water to have an unsatisfactory taste. The most noticeable effect of the minerals in hard water will be the egg like the smell of the water which can be repugnant. This is how you can test the hard water and see if a water softener is required in your home.