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Hard water is tough on plumbing. It stains fixtures like sinks, shower stalls and tubs and produces buildup which can impede water flow.

What is Hard Water?

  • Typically, the type of water that comes from a well or municipal water supply, hard water contains common minerals.
  • The most frequent minerals in hard water include calcium and magnesium.
  • Although it does not pose a health hazard, hard water can adversely affect the taste of water.
  • It can wreak havoc on commercial and residential plumbing systems.
  • While bathing, some find it affects the ability to work up a lather with soap or to rinse hair and skin.

Damages Plumbing

Although swallowing hard water won’t make you sick, it can ruin your plumbing. If you see evidence of hard water on the exterior of your plumbing fixtures, consider what it is doing to the inside of your system. Calcium deposits accumulate on the interior of the pipes, effectively narrowing the opening of pipes and reducing the amount of water that can move through the pipes. While the degree of calcification doesn’t usually completely block pipes, it can significantly decrease water pressure and lead to clogged pipes.

How to Identify Plumbing Problems

Not sure whether you have hard water? Here are a few ways to check:

  1. Can you spot evidence of hard water on your showerhead? Look for white or yellow flaky buildup. Also, look at the spray nozzles to see if any are clogged or spray in an odd direction. These are signs that the nozzle has calcium buildup resulting from hard water.
  2. Another way to identify hard water is by examining your water heater. Minerals in hard water could corrode the tank, which can damage the water heater. In many cases, hard water significantly decrease the lifespan of a water heater.
  3. Do your fixtures have rough spots which can’t be scrubbed away? If you tackle these deposits early on, you can prevent troublesome buildup. But, in many cases, you may need to replace the entire fixture to eliminate the stain. In most cases, however, lime scale deposits do not pose a health hazard. So, don’t worry about drinking from tea kettles that have hard water deposits.
  4. Have you discovered unexplained leaks, even if you have copper piping? A pinhole leak is the breakthrough (puncture) of a copper pipe due to the progressive attack of the pitting corrosion process. Although copper pipes are less likely to erode than galvanized, pitting corrosion can damage even copper materials.

What to do

While some people have an aversion to the salty taste of soft water, it is the best choice for plumbing systems. So, whether you decide to drink your tap water, the best way to tackle the problem is to soften it with a whole house system.

Reverse Osmosis: Treatment of Calcium. Calcium, as with all hardness, can be removed with a simple sodium softener. Reverse Osmosis will remove 95% – 98% of the calcium in water. Other processes such as electro dialysis and ultrafiltration also remove calcium.

About JB Plumbing

If you need assistance with hard water, leaks or anything related to your plumbing, in and around the San Gabriel Valley, give us a call. With us, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you contact JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.

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