Hard Water and Your Plumbing

Many homeowners have heard the “hard water” but don’t really understand what it means for their plumbing system. Hard water is a fresh water supply that contains a considerable amount of natural trace metals and minerals, such as calcium and magnesium.

What does this mean for your home? Well, the minerals begin to build up over time on the faucets of your showers, tubs, and sinks. The all too common unsightly crusty residue. If this is forming on the exterior of your hardware and appliances, imagine what it is doing to the inside of your pipes, appliances, and fixtures. Hard water buildup narrows openings of your pipes, causing stress to your pipes, decreased water flow, and clogs. This can be especially hard on water heaters because all of the minerals in the water enter and settle on the bottom of your water heater, causing corrosion over time, decreasing the lifespan of your heater.

Hard water also lives a film on your dishes, even your skin. Having your water tested by a professionally trained plumber can help identify possible issues you currently have, point out the effects of hard water on your existing system, and suggest ways to combat hard water.

One way is to install a water treatment system in your home, or business. This system helps to remove the minerals from your water, preventing corrosion to your plumbing system and protecting your water heater from damage.

Hard water is a common issue in Baltimore Maryland and our team of plumbers are trained to detect damage caused by hard water and frequently install water softeners to help combat it. We have seen the positive effects it has on the plumbing system as well as visually for the fixtures. Plain and simple, installing a water softener can help save your plumbing and money.

If you are interested in having your water tested or installing a water softener system to your home, give us a call today at (410) 265-8833.

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