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What Exactly Is Hard Water and Why Is It a Problem?

If you have hard water, that means the source of water leading into your home has high mineral content. When you pour a glass of water, you won’t necessarily see these minerals. They don’t pose risks to your health, but minerals can be harmful to your plumbing system and water-using appliances.

When you need to schedule service for your plumbing in Frederick, call our team. We can help with all of your plumbing needs, including concerns related to hard water. Keep reading to learn more about how to tell if you have hard water and the steps you can take to prevent hard water damage around your home.

What Makes Water Hard? 

Water is considered hard when it has high mineral content. These minerals can often be small enough that you don’t even see them in your drinking water. But larger pieces of sediment are often captured in mesh screens behind your faucets. Yet, they are entering other plumbing systems in your home like your water heater, clothes washer, or dishwasher.

Negative Impacts

When these minerals get into appliances, they can be very abrasive. In fact, they can also be abrasive to your home’s entire plumbing system, including the pipes. These tiny minerals can scrape the interior linings away and make it more likely that corrosion happens. For metal parts, this is dangerous because the parts can begin to rust.

Signs You Have Hard Water

One way to identify if you have hard water is through water testing. Samples get collected from all around your home to make one cohesive sample that represents your water source. Then that water gets tested for mineral levels along with other contaminants. Mineral levels will determine whether or not you have hard water.

You can also tell by doing some investigating yourself. If you look at your faucets, they have tiny mesh covers inside right before the water comes out into your sinks. You can gently remove these mesh drain covers and see if there is sediment buildup behind them. If so, you probably have a hard water. That’s what these mesh covers are designed to do: capture the larger pieces of minerals from hard water. 

You can also schedule professional service with our team. We can complete tasks like flushing out your water heater to see if there is sediment buildup from hard water. Keep in mind that only water testing will offer the specifics of how significant the mineral buildup in your water really is.

How to Address Hard Water

If you want to address hard water, we recommend that you install a water softener in your home. This water softener will eliminate the minerals in hard water from ever entering your plumbing system. Water will be filtered through the water softener before going to any of your water appliances or faucets.

If you can’t invest in a water softener or don’t want to, plumbing maintenance is the next best step. Our team can flush out your water heater and keep an eye on your plumbing to watch for signs of corrosion. Acting fast and addressing problems early is a great way to combat the effects of hard water.

Ready to get started? Call or click to talk to a team member at Tucker’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today. Your Whole House Approach to Comfort.

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