Hard water is hard on your plumbing.

Hard water is water that contains a high level of dissolved minerals. If you have hard water, you need a home water softener—not so much for health reasons but because hard water can create problems for your home’s plumbing system and water-using appliances. That’s because heated, dissolved hard-water minerals re-crystallize and form scale that eventually clogs plumbing.

Mineral deposits. Scale and lime deposits take their toll on water-heating appliances such as dishwashers and coffee makers, making them more likely to need repairs. Even more serious is the damage these deposits can cause to the inside of your water heater—leading to reduced efficiency and making your heater more likely to fail.

Soap scum. Hard water also leads to annoying problems in the bathroom and kitchen. The reaction of minerals with soap creates bathtub ring and tile scum. It also makes dishes spotty and can scale cookware. And it can make your laundry gray and stiff.

Getting rid of hard water. Fortunately, installing a water softener can turn your hard water into gentle, soft water. Water softeners work on the principle of “ion exchange,” substituting sodium chloride (salt) for hard minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. Walker Plumbing can help you find the right water softener for your home.

Complete home water purification. An even better alternative is a water purification system.  These systems not only protect your plumbing from hard-water minerals but also provide clean, great-tasting water throughout your home. Walker Plumbing systems are ecologically friendly and require no regular maintenance or filter changes.

Contact your Walker Plumbing professional today to find out more about water softeners and water purifier options and installation.