If you’ve ever noticed white or yellow-green mineral deposits around the faucets of your home, you may have a plumbing problem known as “hard water.” Hard water refers to a high concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, which may enter your pipes through the municipal water supply. While this is rarely harmful to your health, this problem may eventually lead to the need for premature pipe replacement.
Hard water can cause several problems for homes. Besides unsightly buildups around the faucets and in sinks, these minerals prevent soap from lathering completely, which means it’s difficult to wash and clean properly and you may notice residue on your dishes or in your washing machine. Furthermore, your water may have a strange taste to it. But while these inconveniences may only be a minor annoyance, the biggest problem occurs within your pipes.
Think of the flaky white mineral deposits built up around your faucets, and imagine that this problem is occurring within your pipes. As layer upon layer of minerals develop along the insides, water cannot flow through the pipes as easily, leading to reduced water pressure. As your water supply is kept pressurized, the change in pressure within your plumbing system may cause water to leak through the pipes, leading to the need for pipe replacement in one or more areas of your plumbing system.
The best way to prevent hard water from damaging your pipes is with water softenerinstallation. A water softener is a device that is attached to your water line. As hard water flows through the tank, the minerals are replaced with sodium ions. If you want better tasting water that won’t damage your pipes, call a professional for water softener installation.
If you let plumbing issues go on for too long, the problem will only worsen. When you have problems with your plumbing, or if you would like to speak to a professional about pipe replacement in Tenafly, get in touch with BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Our technicians have the experience and equipment needed to locate problems in your pipes and provide quality pipe replacement that will last for decades. Give us a call today!