What is Hard Water?

Water. We need it to survive. What’s more, it can have some pretty great health benefits when infused with minerals (at least, that’s what the mineral water companies say). So, if you’ve got minerals mixed in with your tap water, that’s good—right?

For you, maybe. For your pipes? Not so much.

We’ve all seen the calcium deposits that form on the shower head. That’s from hard water. Essentially, when it rains, the liquid that soaks you from head to toe on the way to the car is naturally soft—that is, it contains very few minerals. All the water that isn’t evaporated by the sun has to go somewhere, so it seeps into the ground and filters through underground aquifers. These underground aquifers are rich in minerals—calcium and magnesium among those we see in high amounts. The more minerals that the liquid picks up, the “harder” the water.

But hard water deposits aren’t just an annoying thing you have to clean off your shower head every once in a while. Corrosion can be extremely harmful to your pipes, causing leaks where the minerals eat right through and bursts at weak points during pressure fluctuations. If the “cha-ching” of a cash register just sounded in your head, you’re on the right track.

While repairs for hard water damage can be expensive, there is something you can do to prevent it.

Install a softener.

A water softener will filter your water, removing the added minerals, and in essence “soften” your water. After installation, when the liquid runs through your pipes and out your faucets, there’ll be no calcium or magnesium to cause that nasty buildup.

Want to learn more about the solution? Give us a call, shoot us a text, or send us an email. We’d be happy to help you solve your hard water problem.