wiping a faucet dry to prevent hard water stains

Preventing Hard Water Stains

One of the most common complaints about tap water in West Texas is that it’s “hard water”. That means various minerals seep into the flow while it’s on its way to your faucet, which slightly alters the water’s molecular structure. While “hard water” isn’t necessarily dangerous to drink or use for bathing, it does have some side effects. These can include a bad taste and smell, and it can also leave stains in your bathroom and kitchen.

In today’s post, we’ll discuss ways you can prevent those hard water stains from occurring, and offer some solutions that City Plumbing can provide.


One of the places where you’ll often see hard water stains are places where water was left to dry on a countertop or inside a shower. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind those extra minerals, which result in a film covering the area. This is commonly called soap scum, when combined with soap.

The easiest solution is simply to thoroughly dry areas after use. Just use a dry towel to wipe away the water before it dries.


The same way hard water can leave mineral deposits in your sinks and showers, it can also have an impact on your clothes. After washing a load of laundry in hard water, your clothes may be clean, but those extra minerals can build up on the clothing fibers, making them feel stiff.

Certain detergents and other water softening powders and liquids provide a solution. They change the chemical makeup of the water and protect your clothes from damage, even after dozens of washes.


To take care of your whole house at once, you could consider a water softener system. City Plumbing can test your water and come up with a water treatment plan that works for you. Water softener systems use a process called ionization to remove minerals from your water supply before they reach your faucet. Give City Plumbing a call at 432-366-2401 or schedule an appointment online. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!

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