Hard water doesn’t cause urgent plumbing problems, that is, until they do. If you notice large amounts of mineral deposits in your tankless water heaters, scales and stains in your sinks and faucets, or a marked drop in your overall water pressure, then the issue may be caused by excessive hard water exposure.
Municipal water sources can filter out the minerals found naturally in the water supply. In some areas, however, these deposits are in higher amounts than normal which means they are not completely removed from the lines before distribution. The resulting water is known as hard water and it can slowly affect your plumbing system. Let our experienced plumbers at Alta Vista Services show you the signs you have hard water problems and what you can do about them.
Hard Water Problems
Signs of hard water problems can vary, from needing more frequent water heater maintenance to water pressure fluctuations. Here are a few of the most noticeable ones to watch out for.
Hard water makes soaps and detergents less effective. Take a look at your laundry and see if it’s gradually getting harder to finish cleaning them. Pay close attention to the colors to check if they are slowly fading. This can be an early indication of too much hard water in your pipes.
Even your bath soap can be affected by hard water. This typically results in skin problems like dryness and irritation. Your shampoo is also less effective which means your hair can lose its luster and look more frizzy than usual.
Hard water can also leave stains on the ceramic surface of sinks and tubs. These stains build-up over time, so if you’re seeing them, that means you’ve been having hard water issues for a while.
Getting Rid of Hard Water
The best way to lessen the effects of hard water is by using a water softener. The type of water softener you need depends on the “hardness” of your water so it’s best to consult with a professional plumber before buying one.
Ask our experts at Alta Vista Services if a water softener is right for your home. Give us a call at (512) 713-0226 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service visit and request a free estimate on water softeners and plumbing solutions today.