LESLIE: Patty in Arizona has got something going on with the water. What’s up, Patty?
PATTY: Well, the water in Arizona is very, very hard. And I heard that you were having a drawing on something – receiving a water system that would soften or help that. And I thought, “Well, maybe I should just call and see, even if I don’t win, what I should be doing.”
TOM: So tell me about your hard water. What are you seeing in your house? How is this affecting you?
PATTY: Oh, well, everything is spotted. The toilets get a ring around the top very quickly. It’s hard to wipe things off. The dishwasher doesn’t rinse completely, it seems like.
TOM: It really affects a lot of things in the house. Well, there are a couple of different water-purification systems out there that are designed specifically for hard water. There are types that use salt to soften the water. And there are other types that are salt-free.
And Home Depot is a good source for pretty much any water-quality solution but what I would encourage you to do, first, is to have a water test done. And you can have this done professionally. There are free tests that are available at places like Home Depot. But have a water test done so you know exactly what you’re treating for and then you could make the best decision on the system that’s going to work for you.
But it’s not hard. You know, these systems are pretty straightforward to install. Usually, they’re installed at the main. And they’re going to treat that water, 24/7, and it’s going to be to a lot easier for you to clean with that water and wash with that water and you won’t have the spots and your clothes will come out softer. And it just kind of affects you all the way down the line.
So that’s what I would do. I’d start with a water test and then choose the system that’s best for you based on that result.