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How to Tell if You Need a Water Softener

Of all the many problems that can afflict your plumbing system, one of the most common and damaging is lime scale. Lime scale is a type of mineral deposit formed by long-term exposure to hard water. While not dangerous to your health, it can damage your plumbing system to the point where large parts of it will need to be replaced. The best way to deal with hard water issues is to install a whole-house water softener in your home. Read on to find out more about water softeners, and how to tell if you need one.

Water Pressure

The reason that lime scale is such a threat to your plumbing system is because it can grow large enough to restrict the flow of water through the pipes. This will cause a steady decrease in the amount of water pressure over time, and could eventually drop the flow of water to a trickle. If the lime scale isn’t removed from the pipe in time, it will harden and the pipe will need to be replaced. So call a plumber if you start to notice a steady drop in water pressure.

Visible Buildup

Lime scale doesn’t just form in your plumbing pipes; it will crop up anywhere that experiences exposure to hard water over a long period of time. So check your faucets and your shower for a white, chalky substance. That’s lime scale, and if it’s building up in those areas you can be fairly certain that it’s building up in the pipes as well. Make sure you have a plumber examine your system to see that this is the problem, and to recommend the best water softener for your situation.

The Sunny Plumber provides water softener installation services throughout Tucson, AZ. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. 

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