You’ve likely heard the term “hard water” before, and you probably know that it’s what causes that unattractive scaling on your plumbing fixtures. But do you know what causes hard water? And did you know that it can actually impact your plumbing system? Keep reading to learn more about how hard water can damage your plumbing and what you can do to keep such damage from occurring.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is the phrase used to describe water that has high levels of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. While hard water doesn’t have any impact on your health, it does impact the appearance of your plumbing fixtures and appliances. It can also be the cause of those spots that linger on your clean dishes when you unload them from the dishwasher. Additionally, the mineral deposits it leaves behind can make your skin itchy and cause fabrics to become dull and scratchy in the wash.
Its Impact on Your Fixtures
As mentioned above, hard water can cause mineral buildup on your plumbing fixtures, which leads to staining and scaling. But its impact on your fixtures and appliances goes beyond appearance. Hard water buildup on your shower heads can cover the small openings through which the water passes. This restricts water flow and can reduce your shower’s water pressure.
Additionally, if the mineral scale builds around the valves and seals of water-using appliances (e.g., dishwashers, refrigerators and ice makers, and washing machines), leaks can form. This reduces the efficiency of the impacted appliance and can even cause water damage in the area surrounding the appliance—especially since the leak is likely to form near the back of the appliance, out of your line of sight.
Its Impact on Your Plumbing
In addition to impact the appliances and fixtures you see every day, hard water can damage the plumbing within your walls. Over time, a large amount of mineral buildup can accumulate inside your home’s plumbing system, where it is not easily detected. This buildup can cause more frequent clogs, lower water pressure, and unnecessary wear and tear on your pipes. If not handled, this can cause damage to the pipes, leading to leaks and water damage to your property.
Your water heater is one part of your plumbing that can be severely impacted by limescale buildup. Hard water can impact its overall efficiency, which leads to higher utility bills for you. And, it can cause significant damage to the unit, reducing your water heater’s lifespan by as much as 40 percent.
Preventing the Damage
The most effective way to prevent hard water damage is to treat the source of the problem—the hard water itself. Water softeners can quickly and easily be installed by professional plumbers so that you never have to worry about hard water damage. Contact us today to have one of our plumbers in Gainesville, GA,install a water softener in your home. Not only will you be protecting your plumbing, but you’ll also be preventing unsightly limescale buildup in your home and making your household chores that much easier to do! Give us a call today.