3 Ways Hard Water Can Mean Failure for Your Plumbing
Water may move freely and feel silky in your hands, but it can be hard. And, no, we’re not talking about when it freezes to become ice. Water can become hard when it has excessive amounts of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron in it. These minerals are good for you when you get them in your diet, and most water has some levels of these minerals. However, when the mineral levels get too high, the characteristics of the water change, and that can have an impact on everything from your personal hygiene to your home’s plumbing.
Installing a water softener can help you counteract the effects of hard water. Water softeners can save your laundry from nasty stains, keep your pots and glassware sparkling, and ensure that your skin and hair stay smooth and silky. Water softeners can also save your California’s plumbing from potentially costly repairs.
Here are just three ways that hard water can be problematic for your plumbing:
Mineral Buildup in Pipes
Depending on how hard your water is, it could be leaving behind layers of mineral sediment in your pipes. All that iron, calcium, and magnesium can become too saturated for the water, and it can settle to the bottom of your pipes, where it can begin to harden. Over time, your pipes can become clogged with the stuff, which can result in high pressure within the pipes or erosion. Either of those things can lead to a failure of the pipes, including bursting.
You can’t get rid of mineral buildup in your pipes with a drain cleaner or other traditional methods. The only thing you can do is try to prevent this problem by installing a water softener. Otherwise, you’ll have to repair or repipe.
Scale in Appliances
The same mineral buildup that occurs in your pipes can appear in your appliances. Mineral buildup can block the pores on your shower head or faucets. It can gum up the sprays in your dishwasher. It can even prevent ice from forming in your refrigerator or freezer.
Over time, these kinds of problems can put pressure on your appliances that cause them to break down – not just perform inefficiently. Having hard water can lead to premature replacement of many appliances. You’ll also end up wasting time and money on rewashing dishes and laundry, as well as replacing items that have become permanently stained or marred.
Strain on Hot Water Heater
Scale and buildup occur in your hot water heater also when you have hard water. Though you might not think this is a big problem since the water heater is so large, it actually is. That buildup can put a great deal of strain on your water heater, causing it to work harder to bring the same amount of water to the temperatures you desire. Not only does that cost you more in electricity, but it also shortens your water heater’s life. You may end up replacing it much earlier than you would have if you did not have hard water.
If you have hard water, you should consider installing a water softener to save your appliances and your plumbing. You’ll end up saving a lot of money, and you’ll have greater peace of mind. If you aren’t sure if you have hard water, arrange to have it tested. You can find out exactly what level of minerals are in your water and how much risk you have. If you have hard water and do not have a water softener, you should contact a plumber to inspect your system. You like need repipe repair to protect the overall health of your system and to ensure that it is operating efficiently.
Integrity Repipe are your California repiping specialists. We can inspect your system and figure out why you are having issues like poor water pressure, leaks, excessive energy bills, and more. We’ll perform repipe repair where needed, or we will recommend whole-house repiping where appropriate. Repiping your home can ensure that you have a healthy and stable system that is appropriate for your needs for many decades to come. Contact us in California to schedule an inspection and estimate with one of our repiping specialists.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
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