The Hard Truth
Hard water is hard on your plumbing system
Most Americans have hard water in their home’s water supply, which not only leaves those telltale spots on your dishes and glasses, but can also take a toll on your home’s plumbing.
In Southeastern Minnesota, in particular, both our well and city water sources can contain extremely high levels of iron and calcium, which causes our water to be extremely hard. Hard water can cause frequent damage to your household pipes and water-using appliances; and if you’ve lived with the burden of hard water for quite some time, you’ve probably already noticed some of the effects. Beyond the visible build-up on the exterior of your plumbing fixtures, it’s important to think about what hard water is doing to the inner workings of your plumbing system—the pipes and valves that you can’t see or clean.
Here’s a list of clues that hard water is damaging your plumbing:
- Reduced water flow from faucets and showerheads. Limescale build-up can drastically restrict the water flow in your home’s pipes. Steel pipes are most susceptible to this problem, but copper and PVC will experience the same trouble over time. If unaddressed, you will need to replace the pipes throughout your home. Of course, a professional plumber should always be used when changing pipes, as they are trained and certified to ensure that your piping is installed safely and properly.
- Constant drip from faucets. When water flow is restricted, limescale will build at a faster rate, particularly on showerheads, faucets and valves. Slowly dripping faucets are often a sign that you have a build-up, while leaving stains on the sink and damaging the rubber washers.
- Your utility bills are rising. Hard water can impact the efficiency of hot water heaters. When there is limescale between the water heater’s heating element and the water, then it will serve as a barrier and prevent the water from heating up as quickly. This means that the water heater requires more energy to heat your water—ultimately, leading to higher utility bills.
- Unnecessary repairs. Valves that are found in various appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, can also end up with large-scale build-up. If small amounts of limescale emerge from beneath any valves, then those valves may not be able to completely close—stopping them from becoming watertight. In turn, you could find that you’re paying unnecessary repair costs on appliances that should work perfectly well.
- Clogged pipes. Residue from hard water can collect around the drain, preventing water from draining easily and leading to clogging.
Your Plumbing Team
If you have hard water or if you’ve noticed any signs of plumbing damage, Tonna Mechanical’s team has the expertise, technical skill and products to handle any plumbing problem. From replacing fixtures to installing a new hot water heater, there is nothing we can’t do. We also sell and install the world’s greatest brands, so you can rely on us for every aspect of your plumbing, from A to Z.
For more information about our plumbing repair and installation services, call 855.89.TONNA today, or click here to schedule a free estimate.
- August 8, 2015
- By Patrick Murphy