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How Hard Water Affects Plumbing

How does hard water affect plumbing? Well, for starters, it can lead to corrosion of metal pipes and also the buildup of limescale. But what about your skin? If you shower in hard water without using a good soap or body wash with moisturizers, then the minerals will dry out your skin. The result is that you’ll be left feeling dehydrated and not too fresh!  What’s worse is that this type of drying effect on the skin will only worsen over time if you don’t take precautions against hard water. You may even end up with eczema or dermatitis due to all these effects on your immune system. This blog post discusses how hard water affects plumbing as well as your skin!

We hope this article has given you some insight into the effects hard water can have on your plumbing, skin, appliances and so much more. Now that you know what type of water you’re dealing with it’s time to take action! If you need help figuring out how to remove the hardness from your home or business then reach out to one of our experts today. You may want to consider adding a whole house filter system if your current filtration system isn’t effective enough in removing minerals like iron and manganese which are often found in hard water.

Call Hedlund Plumbing Today to Discover your options with Water Conditioning.  You can reach us at (800) 433-5863.

How does hard water affect your plumbing? 

If you live in an area with hard water (or if you’re considering moving to one) then we’ve got some helpful tips that will make life easier for all of the people who call your house home. 

  • Calcium on Fixtures. You may have noticed that you get a white or yellow flaky build-up on your fixtures, including your faucets, sinks, and showerheads. This buildup is an accumulation of calcium that is left behind by hard water. Obviously, this buildup is unattractive. It makes your fixtures look dirty, and it’s a hassle to clean it off since it builds up again so quickly.
  • Calcium in pipes. Calcium deposits also accumulate on the interior of the pipes. Over time, this accumulation builds up until it actually narrows the opening of the pipes and reduces the amount of water that can move through the pipes. This can decrease your water pressure and increase the odds of developing a clog.

Water Heater. The minerals in the hard water can cause the water heater tank to corrode, which can cause the water heater to fail. Hard water is hard on your water heater and can significantly decrease its lifespan.

What is the Best Solution for hard Water?

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With the increase of hard water, many people are installing a softener in their homes. Water is softened by using sodium molecules which remove minerals like calcium magnesium from your tap water as well as any other liquids that may come into contact with them through filtration systems made out of specially designed filters

The Wrap Up

Hard water is rough on your plumbing. It leaves an ugly buildup on fixtures and stains in sinks and tubs. It affects the inside of your plumbing system by creating buildup in the pipes that can decrease water pressure and lead to the formation of clogs. Perhaps worst of all, it can cause corrosion in your water heater, ultimately causing the water heater to fail.Looking for plumbing repair or service? Call (800) HEDLUND toll free or (800) 433-5863.

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