You’ve probably heard the term hard water before and wondered exactly what it meant. The simple answer is that hard water is any water that has a higher mineral content than normal. For most homes that have hard water, these minerals are magnesium and calcium. If you notice that you have a hard time working up soap lather in your water, or if there are visible films left on shower and sink surfaces, then your home probably has hard water. And to answer the question in the title, yes, this is a problem.
How Hard Water Affects Your Home
Fortunately, hard water is not harmful to drink. The minerals are natural and found in many foods. The minerals may add an unpleasant taste to your water, but it won’t pose a safety hazard to the people in your household.
Where hard water does pose a threat is how it affects plumbing, appliances, and fixtures. Hard water leaves calcite deposits inside pipes, and over time these deposits can build up to the point where water pressure increases because of the decrease of volume in the pipes. High water pressure damages plumbing and creates leaks. The drop in volume in inside pipes also makes it easier for clogs to start.
The minerals in hard water can cause major damage to fixtures attached to the plumbing because of deposits. The water heater is in the most danger since the temperature inside the water tank will cause the minerals in the water to turn into scale along the tank wall. Scale build-up can cause overheating and other damage to the water heater.
To solve hard water problems, we advise that you call our water treatment specialists and schedule the installation of a water softener. These treatment systems counteract the hard water minerals with sodium ions, creating “soft water” that keeps your plumbing healthy.
To find out more about installing a water softener in your home, contact Mallick Plumbing & Heating. We’re the service contractor of choice in Silver Spring, MD.