We hear about hard water quite often, and you may be dealing with effects of hard water in your home without even realizing it!  If you have been curious about what kind of impact it can have in your home, then you have come to the right place. Before we go into the impact of hard water, our Fairview Heights plumber will first talk about what exactly hard water is.

Basically, the term “hard water” refers to water with a higher than average level of minerals in it. The level of hardness in the water can vary, and it can be caused by a variety of factors, including your home’s geological location. You should note that even if your water is just slightly hard, it can still present problems for your plumbing. The following is our list of the top 3 problems that can be come from hard water:

  1. A buildup of lime scale- Lime deposits from hard water can buildup on the inside of your pipes over time and eventually clog them. If the buildup gets bad enough, you may even have to replace part of the pipe that is affected, and that can get pricey.
  2. Boiler kettling- When hard water goes through the heat exchanger of your boiler, mineral deposits can get left behind. Too many mineral deposits can restrict the water flow, and cause the water in your heat exchanger to boil and eventually evaporate.
  3. Unsightly external deposits- A white powdery substance can be found on shower-heads, faucets, shower walls, and bathtubs when hard water is in use. While this problem causes minimal damage compared to the other two, the buildup can degrade the metal in your shower-head and faucets if left untreated, and it just looks unsightly.