When we think of all the things that could possibly go wrong with our plumbing systems, hard water isn’t usually one of them. Let’s face it: things like clogged toilets, leaky faucets, and burst pipes almost always make the “Top 10 Worst Plumbing Problems” list.
But here’s the deal: hard water is a BIG problem, which is why we’ve dedicated this blog post to it. Below, we have explained some of the things we think you should know about hard water, that way, you can decide if you want to do something about it. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more!
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is basically just water with high concentrations of magnesium and calcium particles. Though these minerals are not harmful to you, they can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, as mineral deposits will start to accumulate on the walls of your pipes. This kind of build-up is often referred to as limescale, which you are likely familiar with.
The Impact of Limescale
There are plenty of reasons to worry about limescale: unsightly drains and faucets, not-so-shiny dishes, and most importantly, damage to your plumbing system. The more limescale builds up inside your pipes, the more it restricts the flow of water through them. This reduces the water pressure in your system and makes it much more difficult for the system to operate effectively. And if the issue isn’t caught right away, the minerals will eventually harden, making it nearly impossible to remove. When this happens, it is quite likely that you’ll end up having to replace some, if not a majority, of the pipes in your home.
What Can Be Done About It?
The best way to address hard water in your home is to have a water treatment system installed, specifically a water softener. A water softener is a kind of water treatment system designed to treat hard water. There are a number of different kinds of water softeners, but they all operate by neutralizing the magnesium and calcium particles in some way.
There are a number of ways to tell if you need a water softener in your home:
- Limescale on faucets and drains
- Watermarks on dishes
- Dry skin
- Faded clothes
- Clogged showerheads
What are You Waiting For?
If you are ready to address the hard water in your home, do not hesitate to call in a professional for water softener installation. Trust us, only a professional plumber has the tools, training, and expertise to match you with the system that is going to best meet your unique hard water needs and install it accordingly.
And yes, there may be plenty of amateurs willing to provide these same services for a fairly cheap price, but remember, sometimes an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run. Therefore, it is always best to call in a pro the first time around!
To learn more about our water treatment services, contact the team at Air Control Home Services today.