A lot of homes in Houston struggle with the problems of hard water. But one thing that homeowners should know about hard water is not limited to just dingy laundry, spots left on utensils, or lack of soap lather. Hard water can lead to bigger problems like causing damage throughout the house.
What is Hard Water?
Water with a certain amount of magnesium and calcium particles in it is hard water. There are different levels of hardness defined by the Water Quality Association, which is as follows:
- Soft Water: Less than 1 Grains Per Gallon (GBP) of Calcium Carbonate
- Slightly Hard Water: 0 to 3.5 GBP of Calcium Carbonate
- Moderately Hard Water: 5 to 7.0 GBP of Calcium Carbonate
- Hard Water: 0 to 10.5 GBP of Calcium Carbonate
- Very Hard Water: Any concentration that is above 10.5 GBP would be considered very hard water.
Effects of Hard Water on Your Home
Here is how hard water affects certain parts of your home:
Hard water leaves a major impact on the pipes through which it is flowing. With time, the flow of hard water through pipes causes a heavy buildup of minerals all along the pipes present in your house. This eventually leads to clogging in your shower drains and sink as water flow through these residential pipes diminishes. If this is left untreated, later hard water can lead to pipes damage and cause leakage problems.
Just like a blockage in residential pipes, hard water can eventually lead to blockage of pumps, sprayers, drains, and nozzles of your washing machine, dishwasher, ice machine, coffee maker, and more. Above that clogged pipes caused due to hard water contributes to the lower flow of water to & fro appliances and this cause them to run comparatively less efficiently. And in this way, the lifespan of your household appliances decreases and gets damaged due to hard water.
Hard water gets into your HVAC system too including a whole-house humidifier & water heater and deposits magnesium and calcium minerals in its components.
All these damages, in the end, add up for homeowners. All these damages in long run lead to big financial loss for homeowners. The inefficient appliances left because of hard water in turn lead to higher energy bills. Moreover, these damages over time increase to the extent that those appliances need to be changed which is another frustrating expense. Gradually over time, a possibility also comes to fixing the residential pipes from which hard water flows. If proper care is taken on time, one can save fortunes and protect themselves from the heavy expenses of repairing, and maintenance.
Clean Water Solutions Houston
The solution to all these problems of hard water is setting up a water softener in your house. Clean Water Solutions Houston has a knowledgeable, experienced staff that can do setup, installation, inspections, maintenance, and repairs for water softeners for you so that you and your family get the best water in your homes and keep your home running well for years to come. Call us today to set up an appointment!