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Here’s What You Need to Know About Hard Water

When you think about all the things that could go wrong with your plumbing system, you likely picture burst pipes, clogged toilets, and leaky faucets, however, there is one issue that homeowners almost always overlook: hard water. Hard water is one of the most common and most problematic issues that your plumbing system can face, yet many of us are unaware that we’ve got a problem.

Therefore, it is important to know about hard water systems and what you can do to keep your plumbing system in the best possible condition. So below, we have outlined some of the things you ought to know about hard water. Keep reading to find out more!

First Off, What is Hard Water?

Hard water is basically just water with high concentrations of magnesium and calcium particles. Though these minerals are not harmful to you, they can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, as mineral deposits will start to accumulate on the walls of your popes. This kind of build-up is often referred to as limescale, which you are likely familiar with.

The Effects of Limescale

There are plenty of reasons to worry about limescale: unsightly drains and faucets, not-so-shiny dishes, and most importantly, damage to your plumbing system. The more limescale builds up inside your pipes, the more it restricts the flow of water through them. The reduces the water pressure in your system and makes it much more difficult for the system to operate effectively. And if the issue isn’t caught right away, the minerals will eventually harden, making it nearly impossible to remove. When this happens, it is quite likely that you’ll end up having to replace some, if not a majority, of the pipes in your home.

So, What Can Be Done?

The best way to address hard water in your home is to have a water treatment system installed, specifically a water softener. A water softener is a kind of water treatment system designed to treat hard water. There are a number of different kinds of water softeners, but they all operate by neutralizing the magnesium and calcium particles in some way.

There are a number of ways to tell if you need a water softener in your home:

  • Limescale on faucets and drains
  • Watermarks on dishes
  • Dry skin
  • Faded clothes
  • Clogged showerhead

If you suspect that your plumbing in Anoka is in need of a water softener, be sure to have a professional plumber inspect your system. A professional will be able to tell if a water softener is right for you and can properly install the system for you. Remember, it is always best to consult with a licensed plumber before you make any decisions. Surely, there are going to be plenty of amatuers willing to lend a hand, however, an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run!

To schedule your plumbing services, or to learn more about the services we offer, contact our team! Air Mechanical, Inc. is here to help with all your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs! 

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