If a plumber tells someone their plumbing is afflicted by “hard water,” it might sound somewhat ominous. Experienced homeowners or those who have lived in many different areas may be used to the term, but others we talk to have never heard of it or have never had to deal with it before.
If you’re worried about hard water, we’re here to ease your mind and offer the help you need to get the problem under control. First, we think there are some things you should know about hard water if you really want to work towards a solution.
Hard water probably won’t affect your health
Luckily, hard water likely won’t have any sort of negative effect on your health. That’s particularly good news when you consider that most homes in the United States have some level of hard water, with about 75% of home plumbing systems having considerable levels of mineral deposits.
Hard water is what we call it when the water in a home has a lot of minerals like calcium and magnesium in it. Calcium, as you probably know, is not really considered to be bad for you. And while your body won’t process it the way it processes the calcium in your food, it certainly does not pose a health threat for most people in good health.
Mineral deposits are harmful to pipes and fixtures
However, the deposits that get left behind in your faucets and drains do put you at risk—for a costly pipe replacement. Deposits from the minerals, also known as scaling, collect in the pipes and get stuck there. They continue to gather, slowly blocking off the amount of water able to get through the pipes as they take up some of the volume.
Eventually, water pressure could drop, and you may end up needing to replace your water pipes far sooner than you should have to.
You may have noticed the signs of hard water already
Most people notice signs of hard water before a plumber or other professional has to inform them of a problem. You know that scaling—those mineral deposits—we mentioned earlier?
If it’s a large enough problem, you may have also noticed those deposits on your sink faucets and drains, or in the bathtub: yellow or white buildup that’s tough to clean. Here are some other signs of a hard water issue:
- Soap does not dissolve easily.
- Shampoo doesn’t lather quite right.
- Soap scum is left behind in sinks and drains.
- Dishes have water spots left on them.
- Clothes don’t feel clean out of the dryer, or still have soapy residue.
- Many people claim it makes skin or hair feel dry or brittle.
A water softener is likely the best solution
While a conventional water filter might help to cut back on minerals somewhat, we recommend a whole-house water softener. It’s important that the solution works for your entire plumbing system, and a water softener is the only treatment system formulated to specifically resolve hard water and protect your pipes.
Essentially, a water softener replaces the hard water ions with sodium using a brine solution that attracts the minerals. You’ll need a professional plumber to install it, and you do have to refill the salt solution every few months—but it’s worth it to protect your investment.
Contact VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for water softener services in Golden Valley, MN and the nearby areas.