Hard water is a recurring problem in our neck of the woods, and while it’s not actively dangerous, it can still cause a lot of issues. It’s simply water with an excess mineral content, usually calcium or magnesium, which can be absorbed harmlessly in the human body (as well as the bodies of pets and livestock). Despite that, it can still affect your quality of life in a number of ways.
The best solution to the problem is to install a water softener in your plumbing system. It will do great things not only for your plumbing system but for your overall quality of life.
What Does Hard Water Do?
The high mineral content in hard water can be quite harsh on your plumbing. Corrosion isn’t uncommon, nor is that crusty white build-up you sometimes find on your faucet heads. You can treat that build up with store-bought cleansers, but cleansers won’t help with the damage hard water can inflict on your pipes. It easily causes them to wear out more quickly than they might otherwise, and in some cases can even stop up the flow of your pipes.
In addition, hard water can lower your quality of life in a number of other ways. For instance, hard water can be very harsh to clothes in your laundry: causing colors to fade and the clothing to wear out more quickly than normal. It alters the taste of drinking water and food cooked with it – giving them that odd metallic flavor – and it can leave you feeling red and raw after you shower with hard water.
Why Is It a Problem Here?
Hard water is very common in our part of the world. In fact, we have some of the hardest water in the entire country here. Hill Country is located on the Edwards Plateau, made of granite and limestone, which results in a high mineral content in our water sources. Civic treatment systems soften it a bit, but because hard water isn’t actively harmful, it’s less important to remove than, say, bacteria or similar actively harmful components. In addition, many homes in rural areas use private water sources such as wells, which lack the protection from hard water than civic systems do. In these cases, the hard water can get quite severe, and damage to your home’s plumbing can be extensive.
That’s why water softeners are so vital in our part of the world. When connected to your main water line, it will comprehensively soften every drop of water that comes into your home. Not only will that render your drinking water cleaner and tastier, but it will spare your pipes a lot of damage, as well as eliminating that gross white build-up on your fixtures. Over time, that can save you a great deal, and make your home life a lot more pleasant in the bargain.
If you think a water softener might be good for your Helotes, TX plumbing, call the friendly pros at D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc. today!