It’s commonly known that hard water is bad for your home’s plumbing and pipes. Over enough time, hard water can even clog pipes and lead to major plumbing problems. But, what is hard water, and why does it impact your home in this way?
In this blog, we’ll review how the state of the water coming out of your tap can impact everything in your home, including your fixtures, appliances, pipes, and more.
If you suspect you have hard water problems, call our team to schedule an in-home estimate on a new water filtration and softening system.
What is hard water?
Hard water is water that contains a high percentage of minerals, especially magnesium and calcium carbonates. As water moves through stone in nature, these minerals break off and head downstream in the water.
Is the water in Lake Havasu City hard?
Here in Lake Havasu City, we get our water from two sources: the Colorado River, and from groundwater wells. Given that the Colorado River was formed by water eroding rock, the surface water we drink is relatively hard. Groundwater is even harder, as the water is coming from underground aquifers and is constantly moving between rock.
According to the city, our water hardness is 325 parts per million (PPM). According to national standards, anything over 180 PPM is considered “very hard”. Lake Havasu City’s water supply is so hard that it’s basically off the scale!
Is this water safe to drink?
Let’s bust a myth: hard water is safe to drink, even if it tastes somewhat “off”. In fact, your body needs some of the minerals found in hard water. There may be other contaminants in the water that make a water purification system a good idea, however.
However, it’s your appliances, pipes, and fixtures you need to worry about when it comes to the hardness of water.
How does hard water impact my home?
You can actually see the impact. Over time, your shower and sink fixtures take on a white or yellow flaky buildup. That’s the calcium from your water being deposited. The buildup of calcium deposit makes the fixtures look dirty.
It’s easy enough to clean up calcium on external fixtures. But, the buildup elsewhere can be far more sinister.
Your home’s pipes
Take, for instance, your home’s pipes. Over time, more and more calcium will be deposited within the pipe, eventually forming a partial clog. This reduces water pressure until the clog completely restricts the flow, blocking the pipe and leading to the need for major plumbing repair.
Your home’s appliances
The same thing that is happening to your home’s pipes is also a war being waged against two of your most important appliances: your dishwasher and your washing machine. Not only can the pipes connecting both of them to your home’s main water supply also become clogged, but hard water can increase the wear-and-tear on internal components.
Your water heater is also under attack. The minerals corrode the inside of the water tank faster, burning through the sacrificial anode rod. This decreases the lifespan of your water heater and puts the unit at a greater risk of a tank burst.
What’s the best way to deal with this problem?
The simplest and the best way to treat hard water problem is to call our professional plumbers for installation of a water softener. Whether you rely on municipal water supply or groundwater through a pump or well, a water softener will perfectly help in treating hard water problem.
How do water softeners work?
Most water softeners are installed into the water supply system of the house. The softener removes minerals from the water using ion exchange. It trades minerals in the hard water with either potassium or sodium.
The exchange of minerals takes place inside the water softener’s tank. The water flows through the small resin beads inside the tank. This results in the exchange of hard ions (magnesium and calcium) with soft ions (potassium or sodium). Overtime, the resin beads exhaust, and need to be recharged by adding salt bags in the tank.
Call Air Control Home Services for your water filtration solutions
Hard water can cause serious plumbing problems over time, and the only remedy is to soften your water. If you live in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, or other parts of Mohave County, call our team today for an in-home estimate on a home water filtration and purification system.
Our plumbers can meet with you and talk you through any further questions you have about your water.