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How Does Hard Water Affect Your Plumbing?

When you first learn that you have “hard water,” it may sound a little scary. However, your water supply is just full of minerals, like calcium and magnesium, things that generally have no adverse health effects. This is a bit of a relief, but you should still be concerned if hard water affects your plumbing system. Although it won’t hurt your health, it could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damages.

Mineral Deposits, or, Scaling

As hard water moves through your plumbing system, mineral deposits can get left behind, settling inside of pipes and on the inside of your appliances, like your water heater and your washing machine. The deposits, also known as scale, are made up of dissolved calcium and magnesium salts.

You might see them as white or yellowish buildup on your drains and faucets. You also might notice that soap doesn’t lather very easily, as hard water prevents it from doing so easily. That’s why you might see spots on your dishes, soap scum in the tub, or even some leftover soapy residue in your laundry.

In Your Pipes

When the mineral deposits get into your pipes, there isn’t really an easy way to get them out. And if it has enough time to do so, the deposits will continue to build up, eventually reducing the space available inside of the pipe. Your water pressure continues to drop, and the pipes will need replacement at some point.

In Your Appliances

Another place hard water affects your plumbing is inside of the appliances. It can restrict flow into your dishwasher or washing machine, or cause damage to the inside. Hard water can also form a layer of scale at the bottom of your water heater or boiler, making it difficult for the tank to heat up, reducing efficiency, and leading to loud noises and possible leaking.

Call the friendly technicians at VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 24/7 for exceptional customer service with any plumbing repair in Plymouth!

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