Handling Hard Water

West Texas is notorious for hard water. But what exactly does that mean? How can you spot it, and how can you fight it? We’ll investigate.


Scientifically, water is H2O. Two parts hydrogen, and one part oxygen. Water becomes “hard” when minerals or other sentiment is added to it while it makes its way from the ground, through the pipes, and into your home. This actually changes the chemical makeup of the water. Water with too many minerals can be damaging to your sinks, drains, and showers, as well as potentially harmful to drink.


Hard water is generally pretty easy to spot. Orange or red buildup around toilets, sinks, and showers is an indicator. Soap scum in the tub is another telltale sign. Additionally, showerheads and faucets with chalky buildup that can restrict water flow are due to an excess of minerals in the water. With all that buildup visible on the outside, imagine how much is staying in your pipes! Bathing in this kind of water can make your skin dry and itchy. Also, hard water potentially has a “rotten egg” smell. You can usually tell if water is hard just by tasting it. “Soft” water will taste more pure, while you will likely be able to taste the minerals in harder water.


Vinegar is a great solution to help with cleaning stains. A small amount of white vinegar and some scrubbing should get those stains out of your toilet and tub. However, if the water is arriving at your home already hard, you need a professional solution.


The Bosworth Company offers a variety of solutions to help fight hard water. Reverse Osmosis is a process that helps eliminate excess minerals from your water. Other water softening products are available as well. Call today, and we’ll test your water for hardness and suggest the perfect solution for you. Give The Bosworth Company a call at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. Worth the Call. Always.