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Where Hard Water Comes from, and Why It’s a Threat

You’ve probably already heard quite a lot about hard water, and the kinds of damage it can do. What you probably don’t hear as often, though, is what hard water actually is. Hard water is a very common problem across the United States, and is largely focused in areas with certain geological features. Let’s take a look at why those areas have a hard water problem, and why you should care.

How Hard Water Is Created

When water is absorbed into the ground, either through rain or snowmelt or whatever else, it percolates through layers of soil and rock before reaching the water table. From there, it is collected and processed before being pumped into your home. Now, depending on the kinds of rock and soil you have in the area, the water may absorb some of the minerals from those layers that it percolates through. Specifically, limestone and chalk layers tend to impart calcium and magnesium particles to water that passes through them.

What Hard Water Does

Hard water tends to make it through the municipal water treatment process, since it isn’t a threat to your health per se. However, it is a very big threat to your plumbing system. As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, it leaves small amounts of these minerals on the walls. Over time, these mineral deposits grow into lime scale. Lime scale can eventually become so advanced that it restricts the flow of water through the pipes. If the scale isn’t cleaned out in time, it can become so advanced that the entire pipe needs to be replaced. In order to address this, you’ll need to install a water softener in your home.

If you’d like to know more, call The Sunny Plumber. We install water softeners throughout Tucson, AZ. 

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