You want to believe that the water coming from your faucets is of a high quality. How do you know that this is the case, though? Have you had your water tested? If not, that’s an option to consider. However, not all problems require testing to be diagnosed. Take hard water, for example. Hard water is a very common problem. It’s also a problem that’s very commonly ignored. That’s unfortunate, because our plumbers can help you to resolve the problem.
The solution is a whole-house water softener. Our Las Vegas water quality experts will make sure that your water softener is the right fit for your home. When you use a whole-house system, you don’t even have to think about what you’re doing. The water is softened as it enters the system, and you just add more softening salt to the brine tank as needed. More on that below. Just remember that you need a professional plumber to install it.
#1. Hard Water Constricts Pipes
If you don’t know what we mean by hard water, it’s really just water with too high of a mineral concentration. The minerals in question are typically magnesium and calcium. Now, these minerals are not dangerous for you to ingest. They can be dangerous for your pipes, though. How so? By building up within those pipes. As deposits build up, they constrict the space within.
When that happens, issues with water pressure can develop. As issues with water pressure develop, you’re looking at potential damages. You may also deal with water pressure problems at the user end. All in all, unrestricted flow through pipes is always going to be best.
#2. Hard Water Is Ugly
Okay, so maybe the water itself isn’t ugly. In fact, it probably won’t really look any different than soft water. However, it can leave behind very ugly deposits on plumbing fixtures. Have you ever seen that chalky white material on faucets or tub drains? Those are hard water deposits. Gross, right?
And it’s not just about your faucets and fixtures, either. Your clothes? They can take on a yellowish, unclean hue. So can your linens. Your body? That’s just not going to feel as clean as it should. Nor will your hair. Hard water is not conducive to effective showering and shampooing. It makes it tough to lather and rinse successfully. The results are undesirable.
#3. Hard Water Compromises Plumbing Appliances
Have you ever heard of “kettling”? No, not a tea kettle—though that is similar sounding for a reason. Kettling occurs when the water at the bottom of a water heater gets too hot. Why might that happen? Well, hard water deposits can essentially trap water down near the heating elements or flame. When that happens, that water is going to be continuously heated. Basically, you’re boiling water (when you really shouldn’t be).
Hard water can also really drag down energy efficiency. It can cause problems with your washing machine, too. So, while hard water may not make you physically ill, it can still cause a lot of problems in a lot of ways!