Hard-water is harsh on your body both through ingestion and topical use, but it can also be hard on your home. Over time the build-up of minerals on your appliances and pipes can cause problems with every day usage, living, and cleaning tasks.
Calcium and magnesium salts are the major minerals considered to make water “hard.” The abundance of these minerals in our water is a widespread problem as about 85% of the country has hard water. The problem is that these magnesium salts and calcium leave deposits that can clog pipes, mechanical systems, appliances, faucets, and showerheads.
Hard water affects how well appliances function as well as their durability. One of the worst consequences of hard water is that it often decreases the life-span of appliances, causing them to require replacements much sooner than they should.
There are ways to recognize that hard water is a problem in your home.
With shower and faucet heads, the holes can clog with minerals, minimizing the force or pressure of the water spray. It can also cause water to shoo tout in multiple directions rather than straight out. Deposits can also cause hard water stains on the outside of the fixtures where the water lands such as on a shower door or the edges of a sink. Cleaning can help temporarily but after the long term use of hard water, replacement becomes necessary.
Gas and electric tank water heaters build sediment and minerals that can cause a heater to be up to half as efficient as it should be. The build-up of sediment can also begin to push down on tank seams or start corrosion, causing leaks.
Tank-less water heaters can be affected when the pipe the water comes from gets clogged with mineral deposits and the flow of water is obstructed. This is often indicated by decreased water pressure.
Dish and clothes washers won’t clean as well when they are affected by hard-water mineral build-up. Glasses will show spotting or appear dull and clothing can become stiff and fade in color. In these cases, the inlet valve and hoses are clogged. This issue causes these appliances to wear out up to thirty percent faster.
Refrigerators use water to circulate through an ice maker or to deliver water. Often the pipes and tubes transporting the water clog up with minerals and the life span of these functions greatly decreases. Water filters are intended to filter out these minerals from the ice and water themselves and are recommended to be replaced fairly regularly. The replacement of filters, however, will not prevent the tubes from clogging.
With pipes transporting hard-water in the general house plumbing, lime scale build-up can drastically restrict the water flow, causing increased problems with every single appliance. Steel pipes are the most susceptible and though copper and PVC pipes are less affected, they still will develop build-up over a long period of time.
Because of the extremely harsh effects of hard-water on household appliances, water softening systems are highly recommended. These systems will not only improve the performance of your appliances by reducing the impediment of water flow, but also increase the life span of the appliances. These results save you money by reducing the amount of water used in the first place and by reducing the frequency with which appliances will need to be replaced.
These great benefits are easily accessible through the installation of a water softener. Clear Water San Marcos has a couple option when it comes to these systems. You can contact a representative today to see about the potential for a new water softening system and quickly see the benefits of soft-water in your home.