Exploring the Full Impact of Hard Water on Your Appliances and Pipes

Exploring the Full Impact of Hard Water on Your Appliances and Pipes

The hidden dangers are often the most hazardous, and this philosophy also applies to our homes. What you’re not seeing is actually what is most detrimental to your home. Since our homes are likely to be one of the largest purchases, it’s no surprise that homeowners prefer to keep everything running smoothly. Unfortunately, 85% of U.S homeowners have a silent culprit lurking in their property, impacting every area of their home: hard water. While there are some visible signs of hard water, it’s what is hidden beneath the surface that is even more harmful.

Clogged Pipes

The higher your water hardness level, the more minerals that are present to leach onto the inside of your pipes. Hard water buildup can occur throughout all the pipes in your home, but it is more common in the pipes carrying hot water. If left unchecked, the increasing amounts of scale will constrict the pipes, reducing water flow and pressure. You may notice that your showerhead no longer has a powerful spray, or faucets appear to only offer a small stream of water instead of a full flow. In extreme situations, the pipe can become completely blocked by scale, causing a pressure buildup that bursts the pipe. Since it is not very easy to look inside your pipes, this problem can silently develop and be left untreated for years. You may only find that you have a problem when a costly, major repair issue arises.

Overworked, Inefficient Appliances

Hard water can also compromise the efficiency of your water using appliances. The same scale buildup that affects your pipes can also be happening inside your appliances. As the scale develops inside your water heater, washing machine, refrigerator, and dishwasher, the pipes and valves become clogged, reducing the water flow or causing a leak. Scale accumulation also forces your appliances to work harder for longer to achieve your desired results, increasing wear and tear. While you may not notice the gradual increase in your energy bills, your hard-working appliances will also be drawing more and more power to complete each cycle. Studies show that scale buildup may increase energy bills by as much as 29% as the efficiency of your water heater and other water-using appliances is reduced.

Research also shows that appliances using hard water can have a 50% decrease in lifespan due to this additional wear and tear. So, you’ll not only be faced with potentially costly repair bills, but you’re also likely to need premature replacement.

What Can Be Done?

Fortunately, you don’t need to simply put up with this costly and annoying problem. Installing a water softener can address these issues at their source. Water softeners are designed to remove the magnesium, calcium and other hard water minerals from your water supply before it is passed through the pipes and appliances in your home. Most softener models use ion exchange where tiny resin beads act like a sponge to absorb the water hardness minerals. The hardness minerals are retained and flushed away periodically when the softener regenerates. This simple system keeps hardness minerals from being transported throughout your home to help keep your pipes and appliances in top working order.

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