It’s been a while since we examined the impact of hard water, but here in West Texas, it’s a common problem. The lack of rain in the past year means mineral deposits aren’t being flushed out, and even more end up in the water that comes into our homes. In other posts, we’ve discussed some of the visible signs and side effects of hard water. In this post, we’ll focus on some of the unseen damage it can do to your pipes.
WHAT IS HARD WATER?
As a quick review – hard water has higher than normal mineral deposits, mainly calcium and magnesium. It’s not necessarily unhealthy, but it generally doesn’t taste very good and can leave stains in your sinks and bathtubs.
WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE
Stains from hard water happen when the mineral deposits are left behind following evaporation. When you see stains in your bathtub, they’re fairly easy to clean. But what about build-up in your water heater? Deposits there can reduce efficiency and cost you big time. Tankless water heaters aren’t immune either.
Limescale can build up in pipes and valves of appliances, and shorten their lifespan.
DOWN THE PIPE
Those same mineral deposits can end up in pipes that bring water to and from your home. This can restrict water flow, cause blockages, and even cause pipes to burst. Thankfully, modern materials like copper and PVC pipes do a better job of reducing corrosion caused by hard water. Older homes with galvanized pipes could definitely have issues with hard water. What’s worse is, if you do have a small leak, it could be a while before you notice – wasting water and costing you money in the meantime.
WHEN TO INSPECT
When you notice hard water (again, common in West Texas) it’s a good idea to have a professional check out the pipes. Our experts at City Plumbing can test the hardness of your water, flush out your water heater, check your appliances, and even inspect your pipes for corrosion or leaks.
WE’LL COME RUNNING
Besides offering inspections, City Plumbing also offers solutions – Reverse Osmosis systems and Water Softeners. To make an appointment, call us today at 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!