3 Ways Hard Water Can Damage Your Appliances for the Holidays

3 Ways Hard Water Can Damage Your Appliances for the Holidays

As we get closer to the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about the meals you’re going to make. Making a delicious celebratory feast for your family is far less stressful if your water using appliances are in good shape. The last thing you need is a malfunctioning dishwasher when you have all those dishes to tackle. One of the biggest threats to all water using appliances is hard water, and it can damage your equipment in ways that you may not realize. Here are three ways that hard water could be damaging equipment, such as your dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater, plumbing fixtures, and even your best china.

1. Water Using Appliances 

The presence of hard water will cause a build-up of scale in your water using appliances. Over time this layer of scale will become thicker, and your appliance will be less efficient. In fact, the lifespan of your equipment could even be reduced by as much as 30-50%. This will mean that you may have to replace your appliances more often and this will cost a significant amount of money in the medium to long term. A build-up of scale in the water heater could dramatically increase your water heating bill by up to 29% according to some sources. If this isn’t bad enough, your appliances will not work as well, and you can expect less than optimal performance from your equipment. Dishes will not be properly washed, and there may be spots caused by mineral deposits.

2. Hard to Clean Plumbing Fixtures

If you’re having family or friends staying over during the holidays you want them to have a great time and feel fully at home. When you have hard water, you may notice that there are crusty white scale deposits on your faucets and showerheads. These deposits are not harmful, but as they build up, they will decrease the flow of water and make showering and bathing harder. These scale deposits are hard to clean away, and until the underlying problem of hard water is addressed, they will always return. The hardness causing minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium, also make it harder to lather soap, and you may need more for showering, bathing, washing clothes and dishes. If you install a water softener, these issues go away, you will have plumbing fixtures that are easy to clean, and you will save money by using less soap and detergent.

3. Clogged Pipes

When hard water makes its way into your home, it passes through your plumbing to reach its destination. Of course, this also leads to a scale buildup inside your pipes and over time they will become clogged. This will initially lead to a loss of water pressure, and if left untreated the clogs could even cause blocked pipes. When a pipe is blocked, and there is still water pressure, this can also cause a burst pipe. This is a bad situation to deal with at any time, but over the holidays when you have guests and plumbers are in short supply, it can be a nightmare.

As you can see, hard water can really affect how your home runs during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year too. A local water treatment professional will be able to advise you about a water softener that will suit your needs. This will be simple to install, and then your water will be softer, easier to use and kinder to your appliances.

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