The Hard (Water) Truth and Why to Treat It
Homes with water supplied by municipal water sources can sometimes experience signs of hard water. Hard water is caused by high concentrations of calcium and/or magnesium in your water. Hard water may be an issue in your home if:
- your hair or skin feels dry
- there is a buildup of soap scum or water spots in your shower, bathtub, under faucets, or on your dishes
- appliances are clogging or are not running or cleaning as well as they used to
- there is weak water pressure from your faucets or shower heads
- your tap water has an unpleasant odor or taste
Problems Caused by Hard Water
Anyone who has had to scrub to remove water spots or soap buildup knows what an annoyance hard water can be, but there are problems caused by hard water that you may not realize until it is too late. Hard water can create a mineral buildup, called scale, in your appliances, pipes, and fixtures causing them to clog or lose efficiency. This shortens their life or can cause costly repairs.
The best way to determine if you have hard water or other water issues is to get an in-home water test. Priority 1 Plumbing and Drain Services offers free in-home water testing to find out if you would benefit from a water treatment system. Based on the results of the water test, a water treatment system tailored to resolve your specific water issue would be recommended.
Treatment for Hard Water
A water treatment system can benefit those who have city or town water by:
- removing the presence of high concentrations of mineral deposits, helping to keep your appliances, such as your hot water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine in top operation throughout their projected lifespan
- improving the efficiency of your plumbing system by reducing the buildup of scale caused by hard water
- improving the taste and smell of your water
- reducing the amount of soap, detergent, and shampoo you will need to use —saving you money
Priority 1 Plumbing and Drain Services proudly installs Water Right® systems.
Do you use well water? Check back next month as we’ll discuss water treatment for rural well water.
Have questions about any of the information in this blog or would like to schedule a free in-home water treatment test? Feel free to contact us through our online form!