Hard water contains significant amounts of dissolved mineral content such as magnesium and calcium. The water picks up the mineral content most often as it percolates underground through porous deposits of limestone and chalk. Private wells are more susceptible to the problem, since the water derives from the ground and often enters the household untreated. Water with a high mineral content can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system and the damage is not limited to just the pipes. The following post will outline the consequences of hard water and the steps you can take to prevent it.
Everyone needs a certain amount of minerals in their body to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The minerals mentioned above—calcium and magnesium—are necessary to maintain strong bones and process fats and proteins within your body. However, large doses of these minerals could have an adverse effect on your health, causing problems such as fatigue, diarrhea and even nausea.
Water containing large amounts of minerals can cause significant damage to your home’s plumbing system, especially your pipes. As time passes, mineral and scale will stick the insides of your pipes reducing water flow and causing a loss of water pressure. In addition, the nasty scale will attach to the surface of your plumbing fixtures—faucets, sinks and tubs—and can be quite difficult to remove.
The damage does not stop with your pipes. Your home’s water-using appliances are also susceptible to the effects of hard water. Water heaters, dishwashers, garbage disposals, washing machines and toilets use water on a daily basis. All of them incorporate tubes, pipes and valves to perform their prescribed duties. Over time, as their components succumb to scale and mineral build up, they will lose their efficiency and use more energy, water and even detergent. Not only will this drive up your utility bills, but also detergent use washing even more of your hard-earned money down the drain.
Steps you can take
Discuss with your plumbing contractor ways you can fight hard water in your home. Having your water tested to identify contaminates can help to ascertain not only the level of contaminates but also other harmful substances that could be present in your water supply. This will provide your plumber with the information necessary to address the problem. Most often, the solution is to install a high-efficient water softener to filter out the minerals and soften the water. However, in severe cases, when pipes have lost water pressure and appliances have lost their efficiency, replacing these items could be necessary.
For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.