We all learned in school that water consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. But, what many of us don’t realize is that some minerals can get into the water before it gets to our taps. Groundwater usually goes through limestone, where it may pick up magnesium, iron, or calcium deposits before it flows through the faucets in our home. This often results in hard water or water with a high mineral count.
While hard water isn’t exactly a health risk, it still can affect many of our daily tasks. In fact, here are some signs of hard water issues you should never ignore:
Strange Stains on Your Bathroom Fixtures
When you have hard water at home, you’ll likely see reddish or brown stains in your toilet and on other bathroom fixtures. This is because hard water, sometimes, contains iron deposits that can corrode your pipes. When pipes get rusty, the water flowing through them can result in stains that look like rust spots. You’ll have to use a vinegar solution or elbow grease to get rid of those stains. But unfortunately, the stains will keep reappearing until you address your rusty pipes, as well as hard water problem.
Pipes That Keep Getting Clogged
Other than becoming rusty, pipes also often get clogged because of hard water. Scale deposits build up inside the pipes and constrict the flow of water, causing clogs and backups. This can lead to other major plumbing issues, especially when not addressed immediately
Because of its calcium and magnesium deposits, hard water makes it difficult for soap detergent to do its job washing your clothes. So, you’ll end up with clothes that appear dingy and wear out faster. Plus, mineral deposits left on clothes can dry your skin and may worsen eczema symptoms.
Fixing your pipes and bathroom fixtures can cost you a lot of money. But, the damages due to hard water can even get worse if you and your family end up suffering from skin irritation issues and other annoyances. To address hard water problems, you need to get rid of the mineral deposits in the water using water softeners or conditioners and other residential water treatment services in Fort Wayne.
If you want to know more about water conditioners, don’t hesitate to contact us, today.