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How Water Quality Affects Your Plumbing

copper-pipesHow often do you think about the pipes in your home that make up your plumbing system? Probably not that often, right? At least, not when everything seems to be working as it should be. That’s just the problem, though. Things can seem to be working just as they should, but this does not mean that there are no problems present. They may just not be symptomatic yet—or, perhaps, you just don’t know what types of symptoms you should be on the lookout for.

Just because your pipes—which you can really see very little of, anyway—seem to be in fine working condition does not mean that this is the actual case. Remember, while burst or corroded pipes are obviously very big problems, they are not the only problems that your pipes may encounter. It is also possible that there are problems within those pipes, and that’s partially what we’re going to be talking about today. Read on, and leave your plumbing repairs in Phoenix to the pros on our team.

Hard Water Is a Big Issue

If you were hoping for something really dramatic, such as information about water quality so bad that it will burn through copper pipes like acid, then we’re sorry to disappoint. And honestly, if you ever do encounter a problem like that, maybe a plumber is not the first person that you should call. While hard water may not be quite as exciting as that made-up scenario, it is what we’re going to talk about today.

There are a lot of issues that you may encounter with your water quality that may not result in problems with your plumbing itself, but could pose health threats. Hard water is the exact opposite type of problem, though. While hard water is characterized by its high levels of mineral content, including magnesium and calcium, it is not a health risk. It is, however, something that can prove very problematic for your plumbing system.

As hard water travels through your pipes, it can leave deposits within those pipes. When that happens, the pipe is basically getting narrower and narrower. That’s a problem because constricting the flow of water through the pipes like that can result in increased pressure within those pipes. It’s not all about that ugly buildup that you see on fixtures in homes where hard water is an issue. This is a more serious problem than that!

But You Can Solve It!

How? With the use of a whole-house water softener. It’s just that easy. A water softener swaps out the minerals in the water causing hardness with sodium ions, and it treats all of the water running into your home. You don’t have to worry about hard water deposits restricting water flow through your pipes, nor do you need to worry about deposits building up on your water heater’s heating elements, in your washing machine, etc. Contact us today to schedule service. The Sunny Plumber Phoenix is always happy to help.

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