The seemingly benign water that flows through your home’s plumbing hides a secret. Water can harbor minerals that can cause damage to your pipes and shorten the life of your water heater and other fixtures. If you have hard water, you need to take control of it before it controls all your home plumbing decisions.
Why Does Water Get Hard?
Hard water is the term for water with high levels of minerals, such as calcium, dissolved in it. It appears more frequently in certain parts of the country that have these minerals in the soil which the water flows through. The more minerals in the water, the harder it is and the more damage it can do over time.
What Does Hard Water Do?
As hard water travels through your pipes, it can deposit the minerals it collected. This deposition happens frequently in water heaters when the minerals dissolve out when the water heats. A layer of these minerals in the bottom of your water heater or around the heating element can make your water heater less efficient. Left unchecked, you may need to replace your water heater sooner than you think.
When cleaning, hard water does not lather as well, and you will need to use more soap for everything from taking a shower to washing your clothes.
How to Fix Hard Water
While the best way to fix the damage done by hard water is to replace the damaged fixtures, you can prevent future harm to your home’s plumbing by choosing a water softening system for your whole house.
Water softeners use either sodium chloride or potassium chloride salts to remove the minerals dissolved in the hard water, reducing the damaging effects water has before it enters the rest of your home’s plumbing system. Hardness drops to less than 1 grain per gallon and you will need up to 50% less soap after installing a water softener.
If you don’t want to waste money on cleaning supplies, soaps, shampoos, and water heaters anymore, contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems for more information on how to get a whole home water softening system.