Making Sense of Hard Water

Making Sense of Hard Water

Impress the Culligan Man by learning the many signs of hard water. Simply use one or more of your senses to determine if you have a water problem.

Seeing is believing

Need to convince someone they need a Culligan system? Just show them the spots on their dishes after washing. Or the ugly brown stains in their toilet or tub. Or the nasty build-up inside a water heater using hard water. They’ll be hard pressed to argue with you after seeing those signs.



Often hard water will leave a metallic taste in your mouth. This is a sign of a high levels of Total Dissovled Solids (TDS). TDS levels can also leave your water tasting¬†sour, salty or bitter. Nobody wants to stay hydrated drinking bad tasting water. It just wouldn’t be any fun.

A rose by any other name, still smells.

So can your water. And it’s usually pretty stinky. Ever turned on the faucet only to be bombarded by the smell of rotten eggs? No, that’s not your breakfast but it is your water. Private wells can contain sulfur which causes very unpleasant odors.

Can’t Touch This

Wash your hands. Now rinse. After a few seconds, do your hands still feel like they’re coated in soap? You could have hard water. Same thing goes for sudsing up in the shower. The longer it takes to feel fully rinsed is a good indicator of hard water in your household.

Hear no evil

Ok, we have to admit. If your only sense was the ability to hear, you might find it difficult to diagnose hard water. There is one sound, though, that would reassure you your water problems are about to be solved. Can anyone guess?

A simple “Hey Culligan Man” will do the trick! Visit our Facebook page and tell us how you discovered your hard water.

Hi, I'm LuLu the Culligan Lady! I'm here to talk to you about better water -- pure and simple! Hey, Culligan Man!