Western New York State’s unique geologic formations account for the area containing areas with water that includes an overabundance of calcium and magnesium. This condition, known as hard water, may eventually cause damage to your home’s plumbing system if not dealt with appropriately with water softening.
If you have hard water, not only the pipes running in-and-out of your home, but also anything connected to those pipes may be harmed by the resulting mineral buildup. Appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers are especially at risk.
Homeowners can solve most hard water problems with the professional installation of a water softener. These devices use charged ions to remove alkaline minerals from the water supply. Solving hard water problems early, before any damage occurs, is the most cost-effective way to deal with the issue.
How to spot hard water in your home
Your local water company should be able to provide you with a water hardness report, but several signs can also alert you to a potential problem.
- Washing machine issues – When you start noticing that it takes longer for your washing machine to fill up, it could mean hard water deposits are beginning to clog the supply line.
- Water heater problems – Mineral buildup inside your water heater tank can cause you to have less available hot water and frequently burned out heating elements in electric models. This is one the main reasons homeowners need water heater replacement.
- Dishwasher difficulties – Spots on dishes and glassware are the visible signs of hard water, but minerals may also partially clog your dishwasher supply lines.
- Low water pressure – The pipes in your home that supply water throughout your home are susceptible to blockage caused by hard water.
- Water leaks – In severe hard water situations where the homeowner delays taking action, water leaks and even burst pipes may occur.
What to do if you suspect you have hard water
Like most problems in the home, early detection and correction can save you money in the end. If you notice water leaking from pipes or around appliances, it is time to contact a qualified company like Reimer before your home incurs any more damage.