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Ask a Plumber: Why Is Hard Water a Problem?

bath-timeWhat do you think of when you think of plumbing problems? Toilets backing up and overflowing onto the floor? Pipes bursting and spraying water all over the interior of your home? Water of poor quality that is making members of your family sick? These are all definitely problems, of course, but it is important to remember that not every problem that you’ll encounter with your plumbing system or your water quality is going to be so dramatic. Hard water won’t land anyone in the hospital, but it is a problem deserving an effective solution.

Some homeowners actually notice the effects that hard water can have in their homes, but they do not realize that it is hard water behind those effects. In today’s post, we’ll help you to better understand what hard water is, the types of problems that it can lead to, and what you can do to overcome those problems. With the help of a professional plumber in Las Vegas, NV, you can enjoy water of the quality that you deserve in your home. 

What Makes Water “Hard”?

Not cold temperatures. When we talk about hard water, we are not talking very literally and referencing ice. Instead, hard water is simply water that has a particularly high level of mineral content in it. Typically, we’re looking at calcium and magnesium when it comes to hard water. These are not poisonous pollutants, of course, but as we mentioned above, hard water does pose some issues for homeowners.

What Problems Does Hard Water Cause?

First of all, hard water is the reason for that white and green buildup that so many homeowners see on their plumbing fixtures. These are deposits caused by the high concentration of minerals in the water. Even if you don’t care that much about these deposits — which is surprising, because they really are ugly — you should keep in mind the connotations that they have for the integrity of your plumbing system itself.

If these deposits are building up within your pipes, as well as on fixtures, then they could be restricting the flow of water through those pipes. This could result not only in low water pressure at the tap, but a spike in water pressure within the system. That can lead to damage.

Hard water also makes it hard to get a good lather going out of soap. You may feel filmy and unclean when you get out of the shower, you may see a film on your fixtures, and you may have trouble getting your laundry as clean as you’d like. We believe that you deserve better than this.

How Do You Solve the Problem?

Simple — get those minerals out of there! Okay, so that is an oversimplification of the process. However, it is just what your water softener will allow you to do. Water softeners integrate into the plumbing system, swapping out sodium ions for the minerals causing the problem. They have a brine tank that will automatically flush out as needed, and you simply need to keep the system stocked with softener salt. We install and service these systems, so let us know if you think that you need one in your home.

The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas is here for your plumbing service needs. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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