When people think of the things that hard water can do, they often think of dry skin and damaged hair. However, hard water does much more than what you will notice it does when you bathe with it. Hard water will cause a lot of damage to your plumbing and appliances. Along with the repair and replacement expenses, it can also cause you more money. Fortunately, water softening solutions can minimize hard water. You can gain a better understanding of some of the different ways hard water will be bad for plumbing and appliances when you keep reading.
What hard water does to the plumbing
When hard water is constantly running through your plumbing system, it will be carrying an excessive amount of minerals in it, such as calcium. These minerals will end up gathering on the pipes, in the drains, and in or on any piping or fixtures that the water runs through or comes in frequent contact with. You will be able to see proof of this buildup by looking at the faucets in your home. You will notice a buildup of white that you need to constantly clean off and this is mineral deposits that are also happening in the areas you can't see.
The mineral buildup in the pipes can eventually narrow them to the point of you having serious clogs in them. You can have this same problem in the drains. Your fixtures can have buildup that also causes clogs in them, cause the water to come out strangely, and can damage them so they need early replacement. You can even have a hard time getting the buildup off the outsides of your fixtures, causing them to look dingy. Faucet knobs can have buildup that starts to make them not turn properly as well.
What hard water does to the appliances
Your appliances that regularly use water like your clothes washer and your dishwasher are also going to suffer the same types of damage as the plumbing and fixtures will. Any areas water comes in contact with will get a buildup. You can notice it in the basin or other visible areas where the water goes. What you can't see is how the buildup is also occurring in drainage areas, in the areas where the water enters, and in the connections. This is going to lead to early repair or replacement needs that can cost you a good amount of money.
Something else to consider about your appliances is that hard water can cause you to need to use double the amount of soap for doing things like washing your clothes or your dishes with the appliances. Also, you will need to run the water hotter with hard water than you would need to if you had soft water. These things also end up costing you more money in the long run.
After considering all of the damage and other negatives that hard water causes just with the plumbing and the appliances, you should see why getting a water softener would be preferable. If this isn't rough, consider the damage to yourself, your dishes, your sinks, showers, and tubs, and everything else that is regularly affected. Once you think about all these things, the need for a water softener should become even more apparent.