If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve likely heard of hard water, but you might not know exactly what it is. Hard water happens when there is a high level of minerals in your water supply—namely calcium, magnesium, and even iron. These minerals create deposits in your plumbing system that can cause a number of issues. No, ingesting these minerals is not unhealthy for you or your family—but these minerals are potentially harmful to your plumbing system.
AllTech Services, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Treatment’ Category
We’ve talked in previous posts about the importance of good water treatment, and what hard water can do to your drains. Hard water, as a reminder, is water with high levels of minerals in it. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, and sometimes even iron—all of which are harmless to ingest (after all, we see them in multivitamins quite often!) but can do serious damage to your plumbing.
Unfortunately, these minerals create what’s called limescale, and this builds up within your plumbing pipes. It can not only create clogs, but because of its hardness, when it breaks off the lining of your pipe it can hurt the integrity of your plumbing, leading to eventual corrosion and leaks. So you know this—but do you know how to spot the signs of hard water? We’ve shared a few of the most common below.
If you’re asking yourself this question, it’s absolutely worth looking into. The thing is, water quality problems not only impact your quality of life and your plumbing system, but they can also affect your health.
Your water supply does go through a treatment process at your municipal water plant before it reaches your home. And most of these municipal water supply centers are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials. But, the water has a long way to go from that plant to your faucets and fixtures. Therefore, you shouldn’t rely on this as a 100% effective water treatment source—there’s always a chance that some trace elements of contaminants (such as lead or even cyanide) can make its way into the water supply you are using to drink from and bathe with.