According to the Salt Institute, 90% of American homes have hard water. This is quite alarming, as hard water has the ability to deteriorate plumbing systems. It can block the pipes, reduce water pressure and make plumbing fixtures rusty.
As the homeowner, you must remain proactive in order to resolve this issue by investing in an appropriate water treatment system.
Here are some ways hard water may be affecting your plumbing system:
Hard water gives water heaters a tough time. The sediments in the water accumulate at the bottom of water storage tanks, right where the heat source is. Because of this, the water takes longer to heat and the heater needs to work extra hard. This not only reduces the life of the water heater but also increases the energy bills.
Sediment buildup in the water heater tank also creates banging noises, as the sediments start knocking against the tank due to bubbling in the hot water. So if you ever hear banging noises, you may need to have your water heater tank cleaned.
Hard water can wreak havoc on plumbing fixtures. If you have a hard water supply, then things like damaged washers and seals, tarnished finishing, valve blockages should be a common occurrence.
The mineral buildup also discolors plated plumbing fixtures, which is irreversible in many cases. Minerals can also damage the rubber washers in drains and faucets, leading to leaks.
You must never underestimate slow leaks, as they waste around 1 trillion gallons nationwide every year.
Clogged Faucets and Showerheads
Hard water has a large amount of magnesium and calcium, which can lead to limescale buildup in the plumbing system. Limescale buildup can seriously restrict water flow in pipes.
This is a big problem in homes with steel pipes. You will first notice falling water pressure, which will eventually turn into complete blockage. The only way to unblock the pipes is to have the pipes replaced.
Since hard water fails to dissolve soap lather, it starts making a soapy film, which is extremely sticky. When this soapy film accumulates in the drain, it leads to a complete clog of the drainage system.
Get in touch with Affordable Water Treatment if you want to learn about hard water and wish to invest in a water softening system for your home.