Here in Arizona, homeowners are often spared some of the plumbing problems that afflict homes back east. Our winters are fairly mild, for example, which means we don’t have to deal with issues like frozen pipes or burst pipes very often.
That said, desert communities like ours have lingering issues with hard water, which isn’t usually treated by municipal water systems. And while not actively harmful, it can cause a great deal of plumbing damage if you let it. The good news is that a trained plumber can help you get ahead of the problem and stop it before it does anything to impede your plumbing.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is simply water with a high mineral content, usually calcium and magnesium, which are perfectly harmless to human beings and pets. That mineral content seeps in through our groundwater, which is how most communities in the desert get their water. You can use it without fear and in the short term, it causes no damage.
The minerals in hard water, however, are far more problematic over the long term. The most obvious issue they cause is a crusty white build-up that you may have spotted on your faucets and fixtures. You can usually clear it up on the surface with tile cleaner or similar products available at any store. But if left unaddressed, that build-up can clog your fixtures. And cleansers can’t deal with hard water issues inside the pipes, where build-up and corrosion can cause serious leaks and clogs.
Quality of Life Issues
Even without such problems, hard water can be a big problem when it comes to your quality of life. Hard water has a strange metallic taste that can affect your drinking water and any food prepared with it. It can also punish your clothing in the laundry: causing colors to fed and clothes to wear out faster than they should. Even showers and baths can leave you feeling red and raw if you take them with hard water.
Correct the Damage, and Prevent Future Damage
When it comes to hard water problems with your pipes, a good plumbing service can do the job: clearing out hard water build-ups and replacing damaged pipes if need be. But far better than repairing such problems is preventing them from happening in the first place. That means installing a water softener in your plumbing system, which will remove the mineral content for all of your home’s water. The benefits of such a softener start with eliminating the need to add chemical water softeners to your laundry. But they extend into more important areas as well:
- Water will taste crisper and cleaner when you install a whole-house water softener. That includes both drinking water and water used to cook your favorite recipes.
- Your clothes will look brighter and last longer, since doing the laundry won’t be nearly so punishing to them.
- Showers and bathes will be gentler on your skin.
If hard water is a problem in your Phoenix AZ home, call on The Trusted Plumber to install a whole-house water softener today!