Your city water treatment facilities might be quite good, depending on where you live. They also might be pretty horrible. The effectiveness with which cities treat their water supplies varies more than it should, honestly. Regardless of how good or bad your water is treated before it gets to you, though, you should know that it will never be perfect. There is always a chance of trace amounts of harmful materials making it into your home’s water supply. One of the less dangerous contaminants to you, but more dangerous to your plumbing system, is hard water.
Hard water is water with a very high amount of magnesium and calcium particles in it. As it flows through the plumbing system, it will deposit small amounts of these contaminants on the pipe walls. Over time, the mineral deposits will grow large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes. This kind of deposit is called lime scale, and it can be a nightmare to deal with. Hard water can be treated with a water softener, which neutralizes the magnesium and calcium content in it. First, though, you need to know if you have a hard water problem at all. Have a look at some of the signs that your home needs a water softener.
Low Water Pressure
A gradual lessening of water pressure over a long period of time could mean that you have lime scale building up in your pipes. If you notice this happening, it’s a very good idea to have a professional examine your system as soon as possible. If lime scale is not removed quickly enough, it can harden and become impossible to get rid of without replacing the affected pipe section. Water softening can prevent future issues, but you should still act quickly to deal with any lime scale already present.
Lime scale doesn’t only affect plumbing pipes. It will be present on practically any surface that is exposed to hard water for a long enough period of time. With that in mind, you should check your faucets and your shower for any white, chalky substances. That’s lime scale, and if it’s present in those areas it is almost certainly present in your pipes. You need a water softener.
Sediment in Your Water Heater
During a water heater maintenance appointment, it’s common practice to flush out the water heater to get rid of any sediment buildup in the tank. If you technician notices a lot of sediment buildup, it might mean that you have a hard water problem. Similar to the above point, lime scale present in your water heater almost certainly means that you have lime scale present elsewhere in the plumbing system. Consult with a professional about installing a water softener as soon as possible.
The Trusted Plumber installs and services water softeners in Glendale, AZ. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that your home is properly protected from hard water.