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Hard Water and the Problems It Can Cause Plumbing


To many homeowners, “hard water,” is a term recently added to their vocabulary. Hard water isn’t anything that’s dangerous to your health, but it is bad for your plumbing. Bustling areas like ours here in the Greater Washington Metro Area are notorious for hard water, but there are plenty of preventative measures you can take to alleviate the stress hard water causes to your plumbing. If you need a great plumber in Rockville, MD, don’t hesitate to contact our amazing team at Mallick Plumbing & Heating.

So, What Is Hard Water Exactly?

Many have heard the term but aren’t exactly sure what it means. “Hard water” us a term used to describe a fresh water supply that has considerable amounts of natural minerals and trace metals. Water becomes “hard” when it hits the ground and absorbs minerals from the earth like calcium and magnesium.

What Does It Do to My Plumbing?

Hard water causes build up on showers, sinks, tubs, and faucets. This leaves an ugly, crusty residue on the exterior of your appliances, as well as inside of your pipes, fixtures, and appliances. This buildup that’s unapparent to the naked eye causes builds up and narrows the opening of your pipe causing plumbing problems like decreased water flow, clogs, and stress on pipes.

Hard water also causes problems with your water heater. The minerals that water picks up before it enters your water tank settle at the bottom of your appliance as the water heats. These minerals cause the tank to corrode over time if it isn’t serviced routinely and decreases the lifespan of your system.

Hard water also affects you. While this water is safe to drink, the effect of it on your skin and hair is a different story. Showering in this water and bathing with this water can cause your skin and hair to become dry or covered with a film. This can exacerbate problems that already stem from having dry skin like eczema and dandruff.

How to Know If You Have Hard Water

Most homeowners realize that they have hard water from the film it leaves behind on their fixtures and dishes. But if you still aren’t sure then you can have your water tested by one of our technicians trained to spot and identify the effects of hard water.

What Can You Do to Prevent Corrosion?

Installing a water treatment system like a water softener removes the unwanted minerals from your heater and protects it from damage. Hard water is a common household issue in this area and our team has installed plenty of water softeners and seen the positive effects it has on a household’s plumbing. A water softener can save your plumbing.

Have Our Team Help Find A Solution

You don’t have to attempt to fix the problem of hard water on your own. Our team understands the frustrations hard water can cause and has wide-ranging experience finding solutions to the problem. At Mallick Plumbing & Heating our goal is customer satisfaction. We’ve served the Rockville and Greater Washington Metro area for years and have the knowledge and experience to service your home too.

If you need your plumbing system serviced, contact us today to schedule an appointment.