1-844-355-5575
1-844-355-5575
1-844-355-5575
1-877-216-6914
United States

What are your Hard Water questions?

Life is hard enough without having to worry about whether your water is. Here are some simple answers to those hard water questions.

What is Hard Water, Exactly?

Hard water, simply put, is water with higher-than-average mineral content. What "average" is may depend heavily on your area (find out what the water is like near you) but generally refers to water with between 120-180 ppm of dissolved minerals like iron, calcium, manganese, or others. Typical freshwater can range between 15 and 385 ppm, though anything over 180 ppm is considered very hard.

What Causes Hard Water?

Geography has a lot to do with it - since water accrues its hardness passing through mineral deposits and sediment present in soil, the properties of your local water generally depend on the properties of the landscape around you. Mountains outside town known for their high iron or limestone content? There's a good chance you'll have dissolved minerals tagging along to your tap.

Infrastructure can also impact the mineral content and overall hardness of water by the time it reaches your faucets. For example, aging pipes and municipal water systems can leach iron or magnesium into water as it travels through the system.

How Can I Tell if I Have Hard Water?

There are a few easy ways to tell if your water is hard, and while you'll probably need an expert water test to determine the extent, signs that things may be harder than normal can be relatively simple to spot:

  • Limescale buildup on fixtures and drains 
  • Reddish color or stains left on sinks and tubs 
  • Scratchy laundry or dry skin 
  • Soap that doesn't lather easily or requires a large amount to do so 
  • Taste, odor, or feel that's "off"

What Can I Do to Fix it?

The solution depends on what bothers you most about your hard water. If there's a taste or odor that's bothersome while other hard water symptoms aren't as big a deal, an under-sink or other point-of-use filter provides treatment where you're most commonly drinking and using water. If it's the scratchy laundry or the burned-out dishwasher or residue all over your coffee maker you just can't stand, then a whole-home water treatment solution will be able to target the source of your problems.

The best way to know for sure is to have a Culligan Man test your water, so once you know how hard it is - and what exactly is making it that way - you can discuss the best option(s) for addressing it.

Culligan Satisfaction Guarantee

If you are dissatisfied with your Culligan product for any reason within 30 days of your purchase, Culligan will remove the product and refund the purchase price.

 
Global text/links:
Zip/postal code text: Enter your postal code
Find button text: Find My Culligan Expert
Dealer locator link: Dealer Results
Contact button text: Contact Us Today
Search field text: Search Culligan
Search button text: GO
Search results link: /ca/search-results
Home/Office/General Contact Form Side Panel:

Contact your local water expert

Your local Culligan Water Expert
can make an expert
recommendation about
which product is right for you.

Find a
Culligan Water Expert near you.

Commercial/Industrial Contact Form Side Panel:

Contact Culligan

Schedule a free consultation today.

Our commercial water treatment professionals are ready to hear from you.

Contact Culligan

Home/General Side Panel:

Need your

water tested?

Schedule a FREE
In-Home Water Test for
Your Specific Solution.

We'll find a
Culligan Water Expert near you.

1-844-355-5575

Contact Culligan

Office Side Panel:

Contact your local water expert

Your local Culligan Water Expert can recommend the right solutions for your office.

1-844-355-5575

Contact Culligan

Commercial Side Panel:

Schedule a free consultation

Our commercial water treatment professionals are ready to hear from you.

1-844-355-5575

Contact Culligan

Industrial Side Panel:

Scheule a free consultation

Our industrial water treatment professionals are ready to hear from you.

1-877-216-6914

Contact Culligan