When you turn on the tap in your kitchen, you probably don’t think about what that water has to go through before it reaches your home. We won’t waste your time with the entire water cycle, but one of the most important parts of that water’s journey is the municipal treatment that removes any harmful chemicals or minerals from it. That’s why you can drink water from your tap without having to worry about getting sick. However, that municipal treatment is not a perfect solution to all water problems. There is one issue that can still pose a threat to your house: hard water. Let’s take a look at hard water, what it does, and how to get rid of it.
Hard water is the name for water with a high mineral content. As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the inner walls of those pipes. Over time, these deposits grow into lime scale, a layer of sediment large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes. This severely decreases the efficiency of your plumbing. In advanced cases, the lime scale is often too solid to be removed from the pipes. When that happens, those pipes need to be replaced.
If your home has a hard water problem, the best thing to do is to install a water softener in your home’s water line. A water softener is basically a specialized filter. As the hard water enters your water line, it flows through the filter on the way to your plumbing system. The filter neutralizes the minerals in the water, preventing lime scale from forming and protecting your plumbing system.
If you’d like to know more, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide water softeners throughout Phoenix, AZ.