A lot of homeowners don’t really know what hard water is. Many homeowners that do know what hard water is assume that it is not really a problem worthy of much attention. Today we want to educate our readers on two points: what hard water is, and why it is absolutely in your best interest to take the problem seriously. While hard water may not pose an immediate health risk or anything like that, it is still highly undesirable.
There’s another point that we want to educate homeowners on as well, though. That is how you can actually solve the problem of hard water, and what kinds of problems can result from not solving the problem at its core. There are many issues that can develop as a result of hard water. The fix to the problem is actually quite simple when you work with a qualified plumber, like ours. So read on, and remember that we’re here for you.
What Exactly Do We Mean by Hard Water?
Hard water—what does that mean? We’re not talking about ice, that’s for sure. We are talking about water that is in its liquid state, flowing through your pipes and all of your plumbing fixtures, that has an excessively high concentration of minerals in it. Typically, we’re looking at elevated levels of magnesium and calcium.
Like we said, there is no real immediate health risk when it comes to hard water. It is not the same as having dangerous chemical runoff contaminating your water supply. While you can certainly breathe a sigh of relief in that regard, you should not take this to mean that hard water has no potential consequences.
What Types of Problems Does It Cause?
Quite a few, actually. Hard water can leave mineral deposits on pretty much anything that it touches. This includes the interior surfaces of your pipes, as well as your plumbing fixtures, water heater, etc. Those deposits can eventually constrict the space within your pipes, causing pressure imbalances and clogs. They can line the bottom of your water heater, causing issues with heat transfer. They can also just be really ugly, discoloring your fixtures themselves.
Hard water also makes effectively washing surfaces, hair, laundry, and bodies more of a hassle. It can cause a lot of streaking, it can leave a feeling of residue behind, and it will also make it tough to keep clothing really clean looking. With all of that in mind, health concern or not, it’s obvious that hard water has to go.
Use a Whole-House Water Softener
A problem like this really requires a whole-house solution, not a piecemeal approach. You can’t just use a filtering water jug or anything like that. You need a water softener in Corona. A whole-house system that will treat all of the water coming into your home, softening it before use.
A water softener uses a tank to swap hard water minerals for sodium ions, with the tank flushing away the hard water elements. The only thing that you need to do is to replenish the salt supply as needed. (It goes without saying we’re not talking about table salt here. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you know what you’re looking for!)