If your home has hard water, that means that your water has a higher-than-average mineral content. You may not be able to see these minerals, and you may not even be able to taste them, but they’re there. And those tiny mineral particles are wreaking havoc on your plumbing system and water appliances.
The good news is, you can invest in a water treatment system that softens your home’s water source before it ever reaches your plumbing and appliances. If you’re interested in learning more about a water treatment system installation in Saint Charles, MO, you can keep reading. Then give our team a call for your in-home assessment and learn more about how it could benefit your home and family.
Signs of Hard Water
First, you may be wondering if you even have hard water in your home. Signs that you may need a water treatment system include:
- Noticing a film or build-up on dishes that come out of your dishwasher
- Lack of foaming or suds when you use soap
- Skin feeling dry and itchy after showering
- White mineral deposits on faucets, fixtures, and sinks
- Laundry that is fading after being washed
Wear and Tear
The tiny mineral particles that are found in hard water can build up quickly inside your plumbing system. And since they’re minerals, they’re very abrasive. These particles scrape on your plumbing as they flow through your home. And even as small as they are, the particles can cause damage.
Over a period of years, hard water can damage your plumbing to the point that it impacts how strong your pipes and fixtures are. You may be more prone to having leaks and other plumbing problems like clogged drains with hard water.
And this wear and tear also extend to any water appliances you have. Think about your dishwasher, your clothes washer, and even your hot water tank. Minerals are flowing through all of these systems and doing the same damage that is happening to your plumbing. Your appliances may not have as long of a lifespan and can lose efficiency over time, leading to less than impressive results.
Water Heater Damage
Your water heater is especially concerning when it comes to hard water. The burner that heats your home’s water is usually on the bottom of a water tank. It’s the same place where minerals from hard water gather as they build up inside the tank. These minerals can block the heating element from being able to heat water for your home.
You may notice that your hot water is not as hot as it once was. Or, the hot water may not last as long before cooling off. If you suspect that hard water may be to blame, stand by your water tank while the heating element is on. Then listen carefully and you may hear a kettling sound as the minerals knock around. If the problem persists, these minerals can scrape down the inside of your water tank enough to allow corrosion. Once rust begins, the entire water tank needs to be replaced because rust cannot be repaired.
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