In the past, we have discussed the benefits of a whole home filtration system and how it protects against contaminants in tap water. Removing things like lead, cooper and chlorine can be extremely beneficial to you and your family’s health; But what about the health of your appliances and faucets? Millions of homes have what is called hard water running through their pipes and causing damage the whole way through. Hard water just doesn’t cause damage to pipes, fixtures and appliances; it also raises your energy bills. Let’s go over how hard water affects your home in more detail.
What is hard water?
Hard water contains a high amount of calcium and magnesium. Nearly 80% of all homes in the United States have hard water.
Hard water causes lime scale, which can wreck havoc on pipes in your home. Lime scale causes corrosion and clogs that can lead to a costly and extremely messy pipe burst.
Because of hard waters density, it takes longer to heat. This means your water heater has to work twice as hard every time you need hard water. Hard water also eats away at the heating elements and coils inside your water heater, that means costly repairs or replacements.
Lime scale build up around valves can be a problem for you homes pluming system as well. Valves with lime build up can’t be properly sealed and will eventually result in damaging leaks.
Shower heads and Faucets
Hard water can be especially damaging to faucets and shower heads. Because faucets and shower heads have restricted water build up, mineral deposits form at a faster rate.
Hard water not only ruins the components in your water heater, it also causes it to work overtime. Because of its density, hard water takes longer to heat up, which means an increase in your energy bills.
If you have hard water in your home, don’t wait another day, call Michael & Son Services. We can help you determine if you do have hot water and what solution is the best fit for your home. Call and schedule a free water testing today! Also, like us Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube page to find out about upcoming events, great savings and much more!