Hard water is one of the biggest threats to the average plumbing system. It causes lime scale to build up in the pipes, restricting the flow of water down to a trickle and decreasing the efficiency of your plumbing system. If you want to counteract the effects of hard water you’re going to need to install a water softener in your home. How can you tell if you need a water softener, though? Read on for some of the main signs that you have a hard water problem that needs treating.
The two main minerals that make hard water what it is are calcium and magnesium. When hard water comes into contact with surfaces, it deposits small amounts of these minerals on them. Over time, the mineral deposits build up into lime scale. This type of mineral buildup isn’t limited to just the plumbing, however. Any surface that is regularly exposed to hard water will be affected. Have a look at your faucets, and in your shower. If you notice a white, chalky substance in these areas, that’s a sure sign that you have a hard water problem.
Dropping Water Pressure
As mentioned above, lime scale will start to restrict the flow of water through the pipes the more it builds up. This will result in a drop in water pressure, which will become severe over time. If your water pressure is definitely lower than it was a year or two ago, then you may have a hard water problem. You should be especially watchful for this sign in conjunction with that listed above.
If you need a water softener installed in your home, call The Sunny Plumber. We offer a full range of water softening services throughout the Phoenix, AZ area. We’ll make sure your water stays clean.