The Effects of Hard Water on Plumbing

We usually see water clear water coming out of our faucets. But did you know that there are actually a lot of tiny minerals that make up your tap water? When you open your faucet, water rich in calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and other hard minerals comes out flowing. This is called “hard” water.

Hard water isn’t necessarily harmful to humans, but over time, the minerals that compose it build up within your plumbing system, eventually clogging the lines. This becomes a nuisance to homeowners who are working hard to keep their water lines healthy. The mineral build-up can be hard to clean and has a big chance of recurring even after you have it removed by a professional.

Aside from clogging up your pipelines, hard water eventually affects your appliances as well. When hard water passes through your dishwasher, water heater, or washing machine, it also eventually forms scale build-up which might affect the heating mechanism of your appliances. Over time, this might lead to appliance failure which may cost you a bit of money to fix.

To solve this problem, most people would install a device called a water softener to aid in removing the minerals that harden the water. However, some people may not always find it worth it to install one as this will still cost a fortune. There are also still varying reports about soft water and how it has a higher sodium content than regular hard water. This may also be a factor people highly consider when installing such a device at home.

Whether you decide to install a water softener or not, it’s still important that you know what to do in case you encounter a mineral build-up within your plumbing system due to the calcium and magnesium content found in water.

One way to manage it aside from getting a water softener is to do regular maintenance of your pipelines. When this happens, you’re able to regularly have a professional check your water lines and address any type of issue caused by the minerals in the water before they even worsen.

For Kent homeowners, you can contact Drain Pro Plumbing for any plumbing maintenance needs. With our various plumbing services, you can be assured that you have a healthy plumbing system installed at home. We offer maintenance as well as plumbing repair and new pipe installations among other things.

Don’t let your plumbing issues get in the way of you living a high-quality life here in Washington State. Call us today at (206) 785-1404 for more information.

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