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Old 03-01-2010, 07:58 PM
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Hard water. First thing I would do is flush the water heater. Take your garden hose and screw it to the drain faucet on the hot water tank. Lead the hose outside and let it drain. Your landlord should have done this. I bet you see lots and lots of calcium grains when you do. Local board of health will test your water for you. I grew up on a farm and I'd say your simply describing hard water ... probably exaggerated by not flushing mineral deposits from the hot water tank. Flush the tank and talk to landlord about installing water softener.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:07 PM
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We ordered a test kit and tested it ourselves (2 day period of time) & it shows the water is EXTREMELY hard & high for nitrites. No bacteria thankfully. The test failed for whatever reason to determine if there were pesticides in the water. We chose to go with the home kit because of cost at this point & because we're in a rental home & the owner's wouldn't pay to have the water tested (he just keeps saying it's "hard water", which he's very correct about). Test kit cost $20, company to test it $75. I am using a PUR filter in the kitchen and am considering filtration for the showers, which I found a company online that I can purchase them from when we can afford it. If we owned the home we'd go a different route, probably a water softner. Thanks everyone for your ideas and help!

Filtration doesn't fix hard water. You'll simply filter out any sediment and calcium grains from the hot water tank. If the landlord will stub out the hot water tank for a water softener ... you can then rent a water softener by the month. Now that will fix your hard water problem.

BTW ... does your home test kit inspect for guiardia (sp) or other paramecium? I lived in NY state and our local board of health tested water samples. All you had to do was stop by and pick up a water sample jar and drop it off with your sample.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:41 AM
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LifetimeLocal - we live in Coplay.

Bik3rd00d - thanks for the tip about the hot water heater, I'll relay the info. to my husband. The Landlord refuses to install a water softner. Actually there is an ancient Culligan, non-working water softner in the basement that I asked about prior to moving in & the landlord said it didn't work & rapidly changed the subject (I had a feeling back then there was an issue when he did that). So at one time someone that owned the house took care of the problem that way. I'm not sure if it was our landlord, although he says he's owned the home for 20 years & lived in it. He kind of was quite nonchalant about the water issue, he brushed it off and said to get a Brita water pitcher that filters the water for drinking, that's what he and his family did. So he knows all about it. I think our hands are tied at this point & obviously we don't want to invest money in someone else's home.

TooBusyToday - I did contact Culligan rep. about testing our water & considering a water cooler. They only test for certain things, they don't do very extensive testing for pesticides & different types of bacteria (I don't remember all the specifics at the moment).

Thanks all!

Last edited by butterfly57; 03-05-2010 at 09:44 AM.. Reason: added more info.
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