When you’re a homeowner, you may find yourself facing problems with your water on a pretty regular basis. For example, you may be one of the 10% of homes that experience leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water each day. But unfortunately, leaks aren’t the only water problem homeowners have to deal with. Having hard water is another common problem homeowners can face and can cause damage. Fortunately, water softening can remove the excess ions that can cause damage to plumbing, skin, and appliances. So how do you know if you need a water softener?
You need frequent plumbing repairs. If you find yourself regularly scheduling plumbing services, you may have a problem with hard water. Generally, steel pipes are worse for hard water than copper or PVC pipes, but all pipes can experience mineral buildup from hard water. When limescale begins to build up, it can cause clogs and leaks galore. And while there could be several causes of plumbing problems, it’s important to consider if hard water is the root cause. If it is, you may benefit from water softener.
There are stains in your sinks and tub. One tell-tale sign of hard water is stains left behind in your sinks, tub, or shower. When tap water evaporates, it leaves behind magnesium and calcium, causing a stain. While a mineral excess isn’t necessarily harmful, it can become frustrating having to try to remove stains all the time. Fortunately, hard water stains are easy to remove with a water softener. But a water softening system can help prevent stains from occurring in the first place.
Your skin feels dry and itchy. After you shower or take a bath, your skin should feel clean and smooth. But if you have a hard water problem, your skin and hair may feel dry and itchy. This is because of the excess calcium and magnesium in the water that can’t be removed properly by soap. The residue left behind can cause skin to feel rough and dry. However, a water softener can help remove the excess minerals and can aid soap in dissolving properly to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
If you think you have a hard water problem, contact your local plumber. Hard water can cause damage to your skin, appliances, and plumbing, so it’s important to get it taken care of sooner rather than later.
Whether you’re looking for a reliable water softener, heating and cooling services, or any other plumbing or HVAC services, Roger’s Plumbing and Heating is here to help.