Hard water is one of the most common and damaging problems that can afflict your plumbing system. The hard water itself is no threat to you, but the lime scale that it creates can cost you thousands of dollars if it manages to gain a foothold in your plumbing system. So detecting hard water early is an important part of limiting the damage that it can cause. Let’s take a look at the signs that you have a hard water problem in your home.
If you notice a white, chalky substance caking the area around your faucet head, or in your shower, those are calcium deposits. Hard water is water with a high magnesium and calcium content, which it gets when it percolates through certain rock layers on its way to the water table. As hard water flows over a surface, it deposits small amounts of these minerals. The mineral deposits eventually grow large enough to see, and then large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes in your home. These advanced deposits are called lime scale. Calcium deposits on your faucet or other visible areas almost certainly mean that there are also deposits in your pipes.
Loss of Water Pressure
If you experience a loss of water pressure, especially in conjunction with calcium deposits, it probably means that you have severe lime scale buildup. If you do have reason to believe that you have a lime scale problem, it is of paramount importance that you act quickly. If the lime scale isn’t cleaned out of the system in time, it will harden and become impossible to remove without damaging the pipes.
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