Before water is piped into your home and out of your taps, it is treated by the city to remove harmful substances from it. High levels of harmful chemicals, minerals, and even biological agents are all removed in order to make your tap water safe to drink.
While this is certainly a good process, it is not a perfect one. There are still some minerals that manage to escape the treatment process and make it into your home. While these minerals are not inherently harmful to humans, they can cause an extreme amount of damage to your home’s plumbing system. Read on to find out why these minerals are so harmful, and why you might need a water treatment system to remove them.
Hard water is the name for any water with an unusually high mineral content. It is caused by water percolating through certain minerals before being drawn from the ground and circulated. The most common elements present in hard water are calcium and magnesium. As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the walls of the pipes. Over time, these smaller mineral deposits grow into much larger deposits called “lime scale.” It is this lime scale that is so dangerous to your home’s plumbing.
Lime scale buildup restricts the flow of water through your plumbing pipes, making them less efficient and lessening water pressure. Eventually, the buildup can get so bad that the flow of water is reduced to a trickle. If caught early, some instances of lime scale can be cleaned out of a pipe, restoring it to normal function. However, in many cases the deposits are so advanced that the entire pipe needs to be replaced.
That’s why you should consider installing a water treatment system in your home. Water treatment systems are capable of counteracting the minerals that make hard water so harmful to your plumbing.
If you suspect that your home may have hard water issues, contact The Sunny Plumber. We provide water treatment systems throughout Tucson, AZ.