Hard water is a very common problem in our part of the world. In and of itself, it’s not actively harmful. It’s merely water with a high mineral content: usually calcium and magnesium, which are harmless to the human body if swallowed in such amounts. But that doesn’t mean that hard water can’t affect your home in detrimental ways.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. A good plumbing service can provide options for handling hard water in your home, and know that hard water needs to be taken seriously.
Problems Caused by Hard Water
The biggest issue with hard water is the build-up it can create: that crusty white residue that looks so unseemly in your basins and fixtures. You can usually clear them up with store-bought cleansers, but that can take a lot of work, and if you aren’t diligent, it can build up very quickly. In the worst cases, that can stop up your faucets. And not all such problems can be wiped away with a cleanser. Build-up inside your pipes can stop the flow of water completely, and can greatly increase corrosion and wear and tear as well.
And hard water doesn’t stop there. It can be extremely punishing on your clothes for instance: causing them to wear out faster than they should and fading their colors after a comparatively few number of washes. Your showers and baths can make you feel red and raw as well, and the water you drink from the tap can have a funny metallic taste. These can impact your quality of life a great deal over time, and while adding water softener to your laundry helps, it can be a bit of a chore after a while.
Consider a Whole-House Water Softeners
Water softening systems are an effective and reliable way to deal with hard water at the source: the main water pipe entering your home. There, it can remove the minerals from hard water, allowing cleaner, purer water to flow through your pipes. You’ll quickly see a difference in the reduction in scaling and crusty hard water deposits in your plumbing. That translates to lowered wear and tear on your plumbing as a whole: reducing the risks of springing a leak or similarly serious plumbing problem.
It can also pay dividends in those subtler ways. It means your clothes will stay brighter longer , and you’ll be able to put them through many more washes before they wear out. That helps with your household budget in the long-term as well as the short-term. It also removes that odd metallic taste from the water, and can even help your showers and baths feel more comfortable: eliminating the red raw feeling after you bathe.
If hard water is a problem in your Salt Lake City, UT home, or you already own a water softening system, and it needs a little TLC, pick up the phone and call the friendly professionals at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air!