Water is clear, so it must be easy to see if there’s any dirt or contaminants in it, right? Think again. Although it might be easy to assume that the water you drink and wash with is clean, this isn’t always the case. While local municipalities do use filtration systems, mostly to filter out chlorine, they aren’t able to effectively rid your water of all contaminants. This, in turn, causes you to have hard water flowing through your plumbing system. At Titanium Plumbing and Heating, we are happy to install water softeners so you can have fresh, clean water in no time.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that contains a high mineral count. As water flows from your local municipality to your plumbing system, it passes through the ground and your pipes. In doing so, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium which are found in limestone. Additionally, corroded pipes can cause traces of iron to be found in your drinking water. While these minerals aren’t harmful to your health, they can be damaging to your plumbing system.
However, it is also important to note that recent studies have shown that hard water scaling can be attributed to the growth of bacteria in your drinking water. Prior to scaling, your pipes are too smooth for bacteria to effectively settle and grow. However, as your pipes begin to corrode and deteriorate due to hard water, the rough surfaces are more hospitable for bacterial growth.
How Can I Tell If I Have Hard Water?
Of course, you can’t physically see if your water has hardened, but there are multiple ways you can still tell. For instance, if your water tastes or smells funny, chances are that you have hard water.
Anytime you notice chalky white residue around your faucets or showerheads, it means that there is calcium or limescale within your water that has built up over time. This build-up is also detrimental to the health of your pipes, as it can cause them to clog or corrode.
If you notice that your dishes have white spots on them, regardless of how much detergent or soap you use, this is a telltale sign that you have hard water. Other ways to tell include dry skin and hair and clothes that are stiff after being washed.
The Importance of Installing a Water Softener
In addition to preventing any damage to your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances, installing a water softener comes with many advantages, such as:
- Reduced hard water stains in your sinks, showers, or tubs
- Cleaner and softer hair and skin
- Cleaner dishes and clothes, with the added benefit of needing less soap to clean them
- Increased lifespans and better performances for your plumbing appliances
- Increased appliance efficiency, meaning less utility costs
- Better tasting water
- Healthier pipes and sewer lines
Call Titanium Plumbing and Heating for Service Today!
Take the first step toward cleaner water and call us at (201) 355-5582 or contact us online. We will discuss your options for water softeners and work with you to find one that meets your specific needs and budget.