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How can you tell if you have HARD water?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. My new humidifier warns that if you have HARD water, you should use distilled water instead of tap water.

    I think my old humidifier died because of hard water (maybe), but I'm not 100% sure.

    The sensing element in the old one was covered in white powder, which is obviously mineral or salt buildup from the distillation process.

    I cleaned that element as best I could, but it still wouldn't work.

    I am on "city water", so it should be relatively clean, but also might be injected with things like fluorides.
  2. Feed it beer? That way it humidify AND keep you warm!
  3. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Should HARD really be in all caps?
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  4. There's an option to buy "hard water" filters for it, but I just want to be sure first.

    I also don't fancy the idea of keeping distilled water around for the humidifier.
  5. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Those precipitates indicate you have hard water. You should use hard water filters or distill your own water...or I guess you could just buy the distilled water instead.
  6. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    What's the best HARD water for metal?
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  7. Icemanaroonie


    Sep 6, 2015
    Yeah, I don't think randomly capitalized words are grammatically correct.

    I dunno about metal, but does HARD water lead to HARD rock?
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  8. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    Joking aside, do they sell water softener salt at the grocery stores and hardware stores close by?
    If so, they have "dip strips " that will tell you how hard
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  9. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    HARD HARD rock. Like FNA HARD!
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  10. Icemanaroonie


    Sep 6, 2015
    My mom's apartment got rather warm and dry over this winter, so we started putting bowls of water on the radiator to make things a little more moist. When they'd evaporate, there would be rings in it, and that let us know she had HARD water.

    That music sounds like it would be pretty HARDcore, too HARDcore for me.
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  11. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    The water here in Denver is 7 grains hard. I replace the filter in the humidifier once a month. Because we have no humidity, just hard water.

    And HARD core rock
  12. Good point, I will check...
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  13. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    If they sell the salt, you already know
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  14. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    If your water looks like this, you have HARD water:

  15. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Many towns in America have wells that are tested for purity periodically and only filtered. Many of those town have hard water. Just because you are on 'city' water doesn't mean it isn't hard. You can get test strips to test it, usually at places that sell water softeners or farm supply stores.
  16. Hard water doesn't lather soap. What with all the stuff they add to cleaning products these days you probably can't tell without going out and buying a plain old bar of soap, or the testing strips.
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  17. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Someone once told me if you do a belly flop on a body of water and it hurts a lot, you have hard water. I might have hard water, but I don't want to find out.
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  18. TOOL460002

    TOOL460002 Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz CA
    I disposed of some black market East Peruvian Viagra in my toilet and since then the water out of my faucet is rock hard. It's been this way for over four hours. Which filter is suitable for my application?
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  19. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i live in los angeles, and the water is pretty hard, so we use distilled water for our humidifiers. you can use something like this
    to test your water.

    i believe you can regularly clean your humidifier if you don't want to pay for distilled water. i found humidifier cleaners on amazon like Air-O-Swiss AOS 7417 EZ Cal - Cleaner/Descaler.
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  20. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth

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