What is Hard Water? WaterBoss® answers.


WaterBoss® explains on their website that hard water is the amount of minerals, calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate in your water. One way to remove this “dissolved rock” from your water supply is to install a water softener. The best way to determine whether or not your water is hard is to have it tested.

You can usually detect hard water by the evidence in your home, including:

  • Soap scum on bathtubs, shower tiles, and basins
  • Film left on the body resulting in dry skin and dull, limp hair
  • Decreased cleaning capabilities of soaps and detergents, resulting in dingy laundry and reduced life of clothing.
  • Increased buildup of scale on plumbing fixtures and cooking utensils such as a tea kettle, coffee maker, and dishwashers.
  • Clogged shower head and pipes

Most water softener systems require that you install a separate whole house filter that requires periodic changing of the water filter cartridges. The WaterBoss® whole house water softener features a built in self-cleaning dirt and sediment filter.

Stop into your local Hardware Hank and ask an expert how they can help.


Drano – “To Do-it-Yourself or To Not Do-it-Yourself”


When it comes to plumbing problems most of us think “To Do-it-Yourself or To Not Do-it-Yourself”. After searches on the internet and calls to people we know, the answer sometimes still isn’t clear. Check out Drano’s guide that can help you decide whether you should try to fix common plumbing problems yourself or call in a professional.

Whether it is problems with your bathroom sink, tub, or shower to your kitchen and laundry room sinks and drains; Drano has the right product to help you.  Check out Drano’s Solution Finder today!

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Getting Creative with Midwest Fasteners

Looking for a weekend project to do around the house?  Add some elegance in your home with some good old hardware! Check out Ilovetocreate.com for the full project details.

Using Midwest Fasteners you can really get creative on designing your own candle holders.  Check out all the styles on their website.

Stop into your local Hardware Hank for all the creative and big projects around your home.  Ask an expert how you can save time and money when you shop local.  Find a local Hardware Hank near you.