We’ve all heard the term “hard water”, and there can be some concern as to whether or not it is healthy for you. The US geological survey estimates that hard water is found in at least 85% of the country, so it stands to reason that at some point you have likely come into contact with hard water. The good news is that hard water doesn’t pose any kind of health threat to people; in fact, some studies show that hard water may actually help decrease cardiovascular disease and increase calcium levels. But – hard water can be unhealthy for your plumbing. Let’s first take a look at what hard water is.

What Is “Hard Water”?

Precipitation from the sky such as rain and snow are soft – they have no added minerals. But as the water makes its way through soil, it picks up minerals as it passes through the rocks, sand and dirt, becoming heavily fortified with mineral salts, calcium and magnesium ions. The sodium in treated water softens these ions, but in areas of the country that use wells or streams for water, this water maintains the calcium and magnesium ions.

How Is Hard Water Softened?

The best way to soften hard water is to install a water softener. Water softeners work by replacing the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium molecules. Water softeners can be fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual; most people prefer fully automatic as it is the most convenient and manageable of the systems.

Problems Caused by Hard Water

These are some of the issues that can develop from hard water:

  • Reduction of water flow due to build-up in pipes
  • Clogs
  • Dry skin
  • Scale build-up problems with water heaters and hydronic heating systems
  • Residue left on dishes from dishwashers
  • Graying of clothes in washers
  • Faster wear on clothes
  • White calcium build-up on faucets and shower heads

If you have experienced plumbing problems from hard water, you may want to consider installing a water softener. A water softener is a whole-home system, so it’s important to hire experts for the installation. Ready to get rid of hard calcium build-up? Call The Trusted Plumber today to schedule an appointment for professional water softener services in the Phoenix area.

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