What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has an excessive amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It is infamously known to cause plumbing issues as well as issues with appliances.
How Does Hard Water Affect Plumbing?
Hard water tends to leave behind build up over time. If not taken care of, it can lead to clogged drains, pipes, and potentially corrosion, costing an arm and a leg to get fixed.
● Stress on Pipes:
Build up of minerals left over from hard water can build up over time in pipes and drains and, over time, will induce stress on the pipes, which can lead to pipe damage, leaks, or in some cases, a pipe replacement.
Not only can leftover deposits from hard water damage your pipes, but it will also reduce the water flow, meaning you may notice a weaker water pressure in the shower, spraying faucets, or a delayed response when turning on the water.
● Wears Down Appliances and Plumbing:
After years of hard water passing through pipes and appliances, it can take a toll. As stated before, the mineral deposits left behind from hard water can stain, build up over time, cause corrosion, and weaken the plumbing system. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need to replace appliances or pipes.
● Test Water:
If you suspect you have an issue with the water in your home, get the water tested. A few signs of hard water are built up mineral deposits along your faucets, clogged drains, or stains on dishes after washing. A water test will be able to measure the hardness of the water and determine if you need water conditioning or a water softener.
● Water Conditioning:
A water conditioner helps to alter the minerals in your water but does not necessarily remove them. Depending on the severity of the hardness of your water, this could be an excellent solution for you! If you’re dealing with a more significant problem, you may consider installing a water softener.
● Water Softener:
A water softener helps to eliminate the minerals in hard water; this is the best and most effective way to treat hard water.
● Call a Professional:
Get in touch with a professional that can properly test and assess your water and provide you with the different solutions for your water’s specific needs. They’ll be able to properly install a water softener system and help you learn how to maintain your water.