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Is Hard Water Really a Problem?

water-softenerThere are a lot of problems that homeowners may encounter which could rightly be called plumbing emergencies. If you come home from a weekend on the road only to find that your lower floor is flooded by a burst pipe, for instance, or if your water is contaminated and not safe to drink. Other issues may not be quite as severe or immediately pressing, but that does not necessarily mean that they are any less important. This is the case with hard water.

If you have hard water in your home, then contact a professional plumber in Scottsdale, AZ to have the problem resolved. Using a water softener to treat the water running throughout your plumbing system is a simple and effective solution. Before you take that step, however, you’ll likely want to understand not only why hard water is such an issue, but how to spot it in the first place. Read on, and contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

What Is Hard Water?

It is not ice, if that’s what you’re thinking. Nor is hard water a serious health hazard should it be consumed. It is simply water that has too high of a mineral content. Typically, these minerals are calcium and magnesium. Now, you may wonder why we’re making such a big deal about hard water if there is no health risk. Well, your health may be safe, but your plumbing system’s? Not necessarily. Plus, hard water is just a nuisance!

Hard Water Problems

The most visible and obvious sign of hard water is the deposits it can leave behind on plumbing fixtures. Have you noticed a green and white buildup on your plumbing faucets? Is there a grimy ring around the bathtub? Soap scum on the sliding shower door? This could all be due to the mineral content in hard water.

The eyesore of these build-ups is not the only issue at hand, however. Hard water also makes it tough for soap to lather, and that can make taking a satisfying shower a whole lot less satisfying. It can also make rinsing soap and shampoo residue off of your body and out of hair more difficult.

Worse yet, hard water deposits are not strictly found on exterior plumbing fixtures, but in pipes as well. As they build up, they constrict the space within the pipe. That can lead to decreased water pressure at outlets, even as pressure builds within the pipe. Should the deposits be severe enough, your plumbing system could be damaged. Hard water deposits in the base of a water heater can also impede the system’s operation, increase the risk of damage, and drive up energy costs.

Hard Water Solutions

There is really only one solution to mention–the whole-house water softener! A water softener swaps out sodium ions for the minerals in hard water. These minerals collect on resin beads in the system’s tank, which periodically flushes. You’ll have to keep the tank stocked with the right softener salt, but other than that, it is a convenient, effective, and hands-off way in which to keep the water in your home at a higher level of quality. The Sunny Plumber Phoenix is happy to install and service your water softener for you.

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