Have a Water Softener, but Your Glasses are Permanently Fogged?

Silica comes from the bedrock that your water source flows through and can be present in private or municipal water sources. Your city’s water treatment plant won’t treat for silica since it doesn’t cause any health issues. Water with silica (glass) in it will often create white spots on glass shower doors, glass table ware and other materials but hardness will also do that. In order to determine if the spots are caused by hardness or silica a simple test can be performed. Try to clean the glass with any acid such as vinegar or a scale/lime removing cleaner. If the cleaner is completely ineffective no matter how hard you clean then it is very likely that your water has dissolved silica in it, and it’s slowly etching surfaces in your home. Unfortunately, the only way to fix the etching is to remove and replace whatever it was that got etched. This can lead to expensive damage to glass showers!

Glass Damaged by Silica