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The Problems that Hard Water can Cause, and how to Prevent Them

There are all kinds of issues that can affect the plumbing in your home, from leaks to blockages to horrible smells.

One of the biggest problems, however, is hard water. Hard water is water that has an unusually high mineral content, and is common in many regions across the country. While most of the harmful substances in your tap water are filtered out before they ever reach your home, the minerals that remain in hard water can still cause a lot of damage to your plumbing system. Let’s take a look at the problems that are caused by hard water, and how you can prevent them.

Lime Scale

The problem with the minerals that characterize hard water is that they don’t stay in the water. As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, it deposits small amounts of its minerals on their inner walls. Over time, these mineral deposits build to the point that they start to restrict or even block the flow of water through the pipe. These deposits are called “lime scale,” and are extremely damaging to the plumbing. If the condition is caught in time, the lime scale can be cleaned out of the pipe to restore normal function. In more advanced cases, however, the entire pipe will need to be replaced.

Water Filtration

The best way to mitigate the damage that hard water can cause is to address it before it enters your home. By installing a water filtration system in your home’s main water line, you can filter all the extra minerals out of the water before it enters your pipes. This both improves the quality of your drinking water, and protects your plumbing from the ravages of lime scale. There are several different types of water filtration systems available, so be sure to consult with a professional on which one would be the best fit for your situation.

If you think your home may have a hard water problem, call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air. We provide water filters throughout the Salt Lake City area.

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