Sometimes the biggest threat to your plumbing system is the water that it’s designed to transport. Much of the fresh water in the United States contains trace amounts of various minerals, like calcium and iron. So-called hard water poses no threat to human health, but the same can’t be said of your pipes, fixtures, and appliances. As hard water flows through residential plumbing, it leaves behind a small amount of the minerals suspended in the liquid. Over time, these particles form a solid layer of sediment that can limit the function of your system and open the way for more serious problems.
The build-up of minerals from hard water, also known as lime scale, reduces the total capacity of your water lines. You may notice a loss of water volume in the shower as the effective diameter of the pipe shrinks. Screened faucets and shower heads are particularly prone to hard water, as the tiny holes are easily blocked by mineral particles. Scale also encourages drain clogs, since wads of hair and other debris are more likely to get caught in the narrow space.
You may not be able to see it, but the build-up from hard water can wreak havoc on appliances throughout your home. Hot water heaters and dishwashers rely on a network of small pipes to funnel water into the compartment at the appropriate times. It doesn’t take much scale accumulation to cripple these delicate machines and render them ineffective. To make matters worse, it is extremely difficult to remove the limescale without professional assistance. The build-up in the water and sewer pipes increases the risk of a leak due to uneven flow dynamics. As the water is forced to squeeze through a smaller space, it places excessive pressure on certain points along the line. Valves and joints are likely spots for a breach.
If you have lived with hard water before, then you are probably already familiar with the brown stains that appear in sinks and tub. These unsightly discolorations can appear in many colors, including brown, white and shades of green. Hard water stains usually require specialty cleaning products and a lot of elbow grease to remove. Don't let hard water damage your home's plumbing system. Give Rooter Hero Plumbing a call and let us analyze your water at no-cost or obligation!