Hard water has the potential to cause quite a few problems for your home’s plumbing system, especially if it’s allowed to go for an extended period of time unaddressed. If your home has a hard water problem, it’s important that you be able to identify it as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the easy ways to tell that you have a hard water problem, so that you can get it treated as soon as possible.
Visible Lime Scale
Hard water is water with high levels of calcium and magnesium in it. As it flows over a surface, whether it be your pipe walls or your bathtub, it will deposit small amounts of those minerals on them. Eventually, these mineral deposits will build up into lime scale. Check around your faucet, your bathtub, and anywhere else that is frequently exposed to water. If you notice a white, chalky substance building up around those areas, you have lime scale. And if there’s lime scale in those locations, it’s almost certainly in your pipes. That’s the biggest problem that hard water can cause, which brings us to the next warning sign.
Water Pressure Loss
As lime scale builds up, it will eventually grow large enough to restrict the flow of water through the plumbing pipes. This will manifest as a loss of water pressure on your end. If you notice a steady decline in water pressure from your pipes, over a period of months, you may have lime scale building up inside them. If you have reason to believe this is the case, you should call a plumber right away. If the lime scale isn’t removed, it will eventually harden and become impossible to remove without damaging the pipe.
The Trusted Plumber offers water softening services throughout Scottsdale, AZ.