Most homeowners don’t think too much about their water beyond the taste. However, 85% of Americans, including those in Southern California, have hard water. This type of water chemistry can impact more than the taste of water. In fact, your home’s water hardness could reduce the efficiency of water heaters, cut water pressure from showerheads, and cause pinhole leaks in your plumbing. You need to know what to look for and how to correct hardness in water to prevent these potentially expensive problems.
Where Does Hard H20 Come From?
Hard water comes from the geology deep underground where the water originates. Southern California’s water does not come from the direct area. Instead, it travels from out of state, areas that have plenty of the minerals in the ground that contribute to water hardness.
For water to become hard, it must have dissolved calcium or magnesium in it. The greater the amounts of these minerals, the worse the effects of the water’s hardness you will see. For instance, places with extremely hard water will see much shorter lives for their plumbing pipes and water heaters compared to those with lower hardness levels.
Signs of Hardness
Water hardness shows up in multiple ways around your home. All these signs of hardness come from the separation of the minerals from the water. This separation can occur when the water is heated, through evaporation, or with time.
Hard water problems include minor inconveniences such as spots on glasses. However, you can also have other problems such as limescale buildup on your showerheads or calcium buildup on your water heater heating elements. Both of these forms of buildup greatly reduce efficiency of showers or water heaters. In fact, water heaters in areas with hard water can have their life spans cut short due to mineral buildup.
Correction for Water Problems
To correct problems caused by water hardness, you need a water softening system that chemically corrects the issue at a molecular level. Whole-home water softeners use a method called ion exchange to switch out the calcium and magnesium in the water for salt. The amount of sodium used is so small that it does not impact the taste of the water. However, the treated water will not cause the same issues that hard water does.
Get a Whole-Home H20 Softener to Permanently Fix All Hard Water Issues
You don’t have to live with H20 stains and plumbing problems. Contact Oceanus for a free consultation on having a whole-home water softener installed in your home. We have models without and with filtration, so you can find the best solution for your needs. Improve your home’s water today with a simple call to Oceanus.