Is Hard Water Damaging My House?

Is Hard Water Damaging My House?

Does your glassware come out of the dishwasher coated in residue?

Has washing your hair become a usually time-consuming activity?

Is it seemingly impossible to achieve a sparkling clean surface on your sinks, tubs and cookware?

If so, hard water may be the culprit.

The good news is hard water is not harmful to your health. The bad news is it can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing system and appliances. Here is more about hard water and the harm it can do:

What Is Hard Water?

The term “hard water” means water that has a high mineral content. While this may sound like a good thing, it can actually be quite harmful to your home’s plumbing system and your valuables that come in contact with water. The most troublesome of minerals in hard water are calcium and magnesium, which bind together to create scale and mineral deposits.

What Kind of Damage Could Hard Water Cause?

In addition to leaving films and residues on your dishes and clothes, hard water can cause mineral deposits in your water pipes. As scale builds up, it can hinder water flow and cause clogs and leaks. Hard water can also damage appliances that use water, such as dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters. When scale clings to the internal parts of these devices, they become less efficient and may eventually need to be repaired or replaced.

Because scale builds up slowly, hard water damage occurs gradually. Effects often go unnoticed until it’s too late, and homeowners find themselves calling plumbers for pricey repair jobs. If the root of the problem isn’t detected and solved, these issues may repeat themselves over and over, costing you more and more money.

How Do I Protect My Home From Hard Water?

While DIY tricks, such as using a filter for your drinking water and adding washing soda to your laundry can help, the most effective way to soften your water is by installing a mechanical water softening system. This will increase the life of your plumbing system and keep your clothes and dishes residue-free!

If you believe your home’s plumbing system has been damaged because of hard water, call Climate Design for a quick and efficient repair! Regular plumbing maintenance will also help to reduce the effects of scale build up. Schedule your appointment today!