Access to clean drinking water is a luxury that we often take for granted. Even though the drinking water in the United States is one of the safest and cleanest sources in the world, you can never be completely safe. Hard water buildup affects many homes across the country – it happens when you have excess mineral salts in your water supply. These minerals can affect your health, taste, and the way soap lathers. High amounts or prolonged exposure can build up inside of your pipes, causing clogs.
Even though the country has set standards for water quality, you may want to consider backing up your supply with water softeners. They help to remove any unnecessary minerals and keep water from hurting you or your drain and sewer system.
What are Water Softeners?
When water is “hard” it means it has a higher amount of minerals than normal, most commonly calcium and magnesium. These minerals are good for us, but you should never have too much. Sometimes, an overabundance of vitamins and minerals can be counterproductive.
When you consider your pipes, any mineral excess can be too much. Calcium and magnesium can cause hard, rock-like buildup that can damage your pipes with rust and even crack them. This is where water softener installation really helps. A softener installation can be fitted directly to your pipes, and introduce neutralizing minerals like sodium and potassium. These combat calcium and magnesium, and “soften” your water.
Risks of Hard Water
Hard water can be harmless in small amounts, but different factors like where you live and get your water from can increase it. In high volume, hard water may have dangerous or harmful consequences such as:
- Extreme hard water has been linked to cardiovascular disease, reproductive issues, growth issues, diabetes, neural diseases and cancer.
- Damage to plumbing system
- Damage to appliances
- Limescale buildup
- Soaps and detergents work less efficiently
Benefits of Water Softeners
Water softeners help to eliminate the risks associated with hard water. They help to keep you and your appliances safe and healthy. Benefits include:
- Cleaner plumbing fixtures
- Extended lifespan of appliances
- Easier cleaning
- Less soap and shampoo necessary
- Faster water heating
- Energy savings
Now that you know how water softeners can benefit you, what are you waiting for? Call Streamline Plumbing and Heating with any questions or concerns about your water quality.