There are a variety of potential problems that can affect your home’s plumbing system. One of the most common, and most problematic, is the presence of hard water. Homeowners throughout the country have had to deal with this problem, although you may not even be aware if you are one of them.
It’s important that you know about hard water and its symptoms if you want to keep your plumbing in the best shape possible. Keep reading for more information, and when you’re ready to have a whole-house water softener installed, give our Farmington, UT plumbers a call!
What Is Hard Water?
This is water with high amounts of magnesium and calcium particles in it. Fortunately, these particles are not harmful to ingest, so you don’t need to worry about your health. However, hard water can certainly affect your quality of life, and can negatively affect your plumbing system.
After years of exposure to hard water, the walls of your pipes will start to accumulate mineral deposits, known to you as lime scale, and will begin to corrode and break down.
The Effects of Lime Scale
Should you really care about lime scale that much? After all, it’s fairly easy to clean from your faucets, right? Well, the more lime scale builds up within your pipes, the more it restricts the flow of water through them, which reduces the water pressure in the entire system.
In turn, this makes it much more difficult for your plumbing system to operate the way that it should. Worse than that, lime scale that isn’t caught and removed in time will eventually harden. This makes it practically impossible to remove the scale without damaging the pipe that it’s attached to. In order to truly protect your plumbing system from hard water and the lime scale it causes, you’ll want to take the right preventive measures.
Having a Water Softener Installed
The best way to address hard water is to have a water softener professionally installed in your home’s main water line. This is a kind of water treatment system designed for treating hard water. Water softeners function by neutralizing the magnesium and calcium particles in the water in some way. This effectively “softens” the water, so that lime scale doesn’t form within the pipes.
Unsure if you need to worry about hard water or not? There are a few signs you can watch out for that indicate this is a problem in your home. One is the persistent presence of lime scale, as we mentioned. You might also notice water spots on glasses when they come out of the dishwasher, clothes that fade and break down faster due to hard water in the washing machine, and even dry, flaky skin after drying off from a shower.
Water softener installations and water treatment services are just a small part of our comprehensive plumbing services. We’d love to talk to you about everything we have to offer to help your home’s plumbing system run effectively and efficiently.
Contact Rentmeister Total Home Service today for your plumbing needs!