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  • Writer's pictureMatt Weber

Signs You Need to Treat the Water in Your Home

According to a 2023 study by the U.S. Geological Survey, nearly half (45%) of Americans’ tap water is estimated to have at least one or more per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals.” While data shows that most Americans think water safety is a growing national issue (74%), only one-third (33%) of Americans have tested their tap water to ensure its safety.*

Culligan International is educating homeowners about warning signs that their home’s water needs treatment. The company will be offering free home installation for water treatment systems to celebrate the 2023 holiday season.

Water contamination can happen through a local municipality’s water source, an underground well, or a homeowner’s pipes. If you are unsure about your home’s water quality, it’s important to have your water tested by an expert who can determine the necessary steps to eliminate any harmful impurities that may be present.

Here are four key signs that might mean your water has a problem:

  1. Changes in Taste, Smell or Appearance. A change in the taste, smell or clarity of your water could indicate that contaminants are present. A water test will be able to detect harmful chemicals and help determine what water treatment solution is needed to remove the contaminants. A "whole house" water filter can treat all the water throughout your home, making it cleaner, healthier, and free from unwanted tastes and smells.

  2. Mineral Buildup. If you notice mineral deposits, stains, or a white film on bathroom fixtures, dishes, and sinks, this may be due to hard water in your home. Hard water is high in mineral content like calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates and sulfates. These minerals can clog shower-heads and appliances, make soap and detergent less effective, and leave clothing looking dingy and wear more easily. Water softener systems remove these minerals, so your appliances, dishes, and clothing can remain in good health and even last longer.

  3. Dry Hair and Skin. You may have hard water in your home if you notice changes in your skin and hair. Showering or bathing in hard water can leave a film of soap on your skin. This can prevent the removal of dirt and bacteria that can cause skin irritation. Washing your hair in hard water can cause buildup that makes it tangle more easily, look dull and feel rough. Softening your water will help keep hair and skin healthy and silky smooth.

  4. Frequent Plumbing Repairs. Since your home’s pipes are constantly in contact with your water, water that contains harmful impurities can lead to damage in your home’s plumbing system. Frequent clogging and leaks are signs that you may have problem water that needs treatment. In addition to a plumber, you’ll want to call a water expert to test your water and determine the appropriate treatment solution.

Culligan Holiday Promotion

Culligan International, a world leader in the treatment of water, will be offering free home installation for water treatment systems to celebrate the holiday season!

“I can’t think of a better gift this holiday season than the gift of cleaner, safer, better tasting water for your home,” says Judd Larned, President of Culligan Water. “With Culligan’s holiday promotion, it’s the perfect time to have one of our water experts conduct a quick, free, in-home water test and customize a Culligan solution that is right for you.”

Now through December 22, Culligan is offering homeowners free standard installation on an Aquasential® Smart RO Drinking Water System, Smart HE Water Softener or Whole Home Filter. Homeowners who take advantage of this promotion will save up to $299 and have cleaner, safer and better-tasting water year-round. For more information about Culligan water treatment solutions or to find your local Culligan representative, visit

*Data based on the Culligan Smart H20 2021 survey.

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