Fixing a pipe

Do You Have a Hard Water Problem?

Do you know what hard water is? If you own a home, you should. Hard water is one of the most common plumbing issues. It can cause damage to your entire home’s plumbing system if not dealt with quickly enough. Hard water issues arise when your water has a high volume of calcium, magnesium, and other mineral deposits in it. Depending on your source of water, this may or may not be common in your area. Let’s look at whether you have a hard water problem and what to do about it.

So, Do You Have a Hard Water Problem?

If you notice a substance around the area of your faucet heads or showers, chances are you have a hard water problem. This white, chalky substance are calcium deposits. Every time you use the sink or take a shower, small deposits are being left and over time, they get bad enough you notice. These deposits can clog your pipes, drains, and more, causing a reduction in water flow and quality over time. When they begin to disrupt the flow of water, they’re considered lime scale deposits. Typically, if you can see the deposits, that means they’re building up in your pipes, too.

While there are methods out there that can remove the buildup on your faucets or shower head, this just superficially fixes the issue. This cleans what you can see outside your piping but not the pipes itself. There are over the counter rinses that claim they can remove lime scale from your pipes but these can be hit or miss depending on the severity of the issue.

If you notice the deposit build up or low water flow and/or pressure in your home, you should call a professional plumbing company to come out and take a look at your pipes. If you don’t call a plumber to fix the issue, eventually the problem will become so bad that the only way to remove the lime scale inside the pipes is to replace them. Once the deposits become hard enough, you can actually damage, crack, and break your pipes trying to remove it.