Hard water is one of those things that a lot of people have, but few people even realize is a problem. It can slowly degrade the efficiency of your plumbing system for decades without you even realizing that it’s happening, until one day the problem is discovered and costs you a pretty penny to fix. There are a couple of things you can and should do to make sure that your home is properly protected from hard water, even if you’re not entirely sure that you have it. Read on to find out how to deal with potential hard water issues.
Get Your Water Tested!
The first thing you need to do is to check and see if your home has hard water in it at all. Hard water is defined as water with high magnesium and calcium content. It happens as a result of water percolating through specific kinds of rock before being collected and distributed. As such, hard water issues are localized to specific geographic regions. It’s a good idea to look up if your home is located in an area that is known to have hard water issues. If it is, you should get your water tested. Water testing will be able to give a clearer picture of whether or not you need to take other steps to combat hard water in your own home.
Install a Water Softener if Necessary
So, why is it even necessary to counteract hard water in your home? Well, while the magnesium and calcium particles don’t pose a health risk to people, they tend to wreak havoc on the plumbing system. Long years of exposure to hard water will cause mineral deposits called lime scale to build up in the pipes. Lime scale constricts the flow of water through the plumbing system, and will eventually harden if it isn’t removed in time. Most homeowners don’t notice that they have a hard water problem until their plumbers discover lime scale buildup in their plumbing systems, by which point it is impossible to remove it without replacing large sections of the plumbing system. That’s obviously not an ideal situation.
If you want to protect your home from lime scale, the best thing to do is to install a water softener in your water line. A water softener is a device designed to remove the magnesium and calcium particles from the water before it enters the plumbing system, “softening” it and preventing lime scale from forming. If you already have one of these devices installed, all you have to worry about is the water line itself. Most water softeners don’t cover the water line itself, but that is easily covered by regular maintenance and cleaning appointments. If you haven’t had your water line professionally inspected in a while, you might want to schedule that soon.
Environment Masters, Inc. provides comprehensive water softening services for homes in Madison, MS. If you think you may need help combating hard water in your home’s plumbing system, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers.