Living in the twenty-first century means you probably use water every day in some capacity. Whether it’s washing your clothes, doing the dishes, cooking a meal, or taking a shower, modern plumbing has provided us with many benefits! But did you know that hard water and high water pressure can lead to many problems?
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is a term used to describe water that has a high mineral content, usually made up of calcium and magnesium. You may have seen the effects of hard water in your daily life. For example, that residue left on a glass taken out of the dishwasher is likely due to hard water. If you feel a sort of film on your hands while washing them it’s probably due to the calcium in the hard water interacting with the soap.
Hard water is extremely common. In fact, over 85% of U.S. households have hard water. If you drink out of a glass with those white spots on it, it won’t harm you, but it is unsightly. Likewise, hard water won’t destroy your clothes, but it will make it more difficult to remove stains. The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) found that reducing the water hardness was up to 100 times more effective at removing stains and grime than increasing detergent or water temperature. Unfortunately, difficulty removing stains isn’t the only issue hard water can bring into your home.
What Problems Can Hard Water Cause?
When your water is heated, solid deposits of calcium carbonate can form. This sort of scale buildup can cause numerous issues with your pipes and appliances. If your pipes seem to be clogged or your water-using appliances aren’t functioning properly, it may be due to hard water.
Toilet & Sink
Your toilet and sink can be negatively affected by hard water if the hard water causes this limescale buildup in your pipes. The buildup could effectively clog your drains and cause your sinks and toilets to back up. If the deposits form inside the toilet’s tank, they can even damage internal components reducing the lifespan of your toilet.
Washing Machine & Dishwasher
Toilets aren’t the only appliance whose lifespan is impacted by hard water. Mineral deposits can block small water supply lines and cause drain lines to narrow, reducing the effectiveness of your washing machine and dishwasher. Overtime, if left untreated, these deposits can shorten the lifespan of these appliances and require you to replace them sooner than you expected.
Water heaters are extremely susceptible to the buildup of mineral deposits from hard water because of their constant water volume combined with the fact that they heat that water, increasing the formation of calcium carbonate. This makes your water heater work much harder. In fact, according to the Battelle Memorial Institute, hard water can reduce the efficiency of your water heater, increasing your electricity costs by as much as 48%. Eventually, this buildup can cause irreparable damage to the appliance.
What Can I Do?
At Fox Plumbing, we offer a variety of whole-house water filtration solutions. These filters are professionally installed to protect your pipes and appliances from the damages of hard water while also filtering out bacteria and other contaminants that can make your water taste bad or even cause issues with your health.
Installing one of these filters can save you money in the long run by helping to prevent future plumbing problems as well as reducing your bottled water purchases. (Why buy bottled water that harms the environment when you have better-tasting water at home?!)
If you’re already experiencing one of the problems listed above, our expert team here at Fox Plumbing can help resolve your plumbing issues. With over 40 years of experience and our strong commitment to customer service, we can ensure you’ll get the best results.
Whatever your problem may be, our plumbers have been skillfully trained to detect and resolve it. We always use high-quality equipment and our trucks are like a warehouse-on-wheels containing all the necessary tools to get the job done right. Contact us at FoxPlumbing.com to schedule an appointment.