The term “hard water” is often confusing for people unused to hearing it frequently. Hard water refers to water from a municipal water supply that contains a higher level of minerals than normal, principally magnesium, calcium, and gypsum. These minerals are not damaging for the human body, and hard water is rarely harmful if it is in your drinking water, although it might add an unpleasant taste. Hard water also makes it more difficult to create a thick lather of soap, which can affect your hygiene.
The real danger of hard water is not to you, however, but to your plumbing. This is why it is important to counteract hard water with professionally installed water treatment systems in Scottsdale, AZ and other parts of the Valley of the Sun. Many areas of Scottsdale and Phoenix suffer from hard water issues, and if you start to notice white and yellowish flaky substances along your plumbing fixtures and in the showers and bathtubs, you should call The Trusted Plumber to install a water softener to balance out the water hardness.
But What Will Hard Water Do to My Plumbing?
Hard water creates calcite deposits inside plumbing—that yellow white substance you may discover on faucets and sinks. Imagine this material starting to accumulate inside the water pipes: if it continues for long enough, the walls of the pipe will start to decrease the volume available to the water. Although it is extremely rare for calcite deposits to completely block a pipe, the reduction in volume is bad enough. It will cause a spike in water pressure that will lead to leaks springing up at connectors and valves.
Hard water is also bad news for your home’s water heater. As the hard water’s temperature is raised inside the water tank, the minerals inside it turn into “limescale” that will attach to the interior of the tank or gather at the bottom. Because limescale is an insulator, this accumulation will cause a temperature imbalance in the tank, leading to overheating and other troubles. The minerals can also lead to corrosion, and when this takes hold in a water heater, the whole system usually must be replaced.
Hard water will also cause problems for other appliances hooked to the water lines, such as the dishwasher and the laundry machine. You can expect shorter lifespans from these appliances with hard water affecting them.
How Do I Eliminate Hard Water?
The best solution to problems from hard water is to have a plumber install a whole-house water softener. These devices add sodium ions into the water supply that counteract the hard water minerals, producing water at the right softness level to protect your plumbing—and also help you with soap lather and better tasting water.
If you aren’t certain about whether you need a water softener for your home, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer many water treatment systems in Scottsdale, AZ to help you receive the finest quality water possible.