“Hard water” is what we call tap water containing high levels of suspended minerals like calcium and magnesium. It’s a common issue in the San Antonio area where our water is drawn up from mineral-rich aquifers deep beneath the desert. Although this type of water is perfectly safe to drink, it can cause problems for your home’s plumbing. Take a look at three ways hard water affects your plumbing.
1. Crust Calcium Deposits
It’s usually easy to spot a hard water issue because of the characteristic calcium deposit it leaves behind. You may have already noticed an unattractive, flaky crust forming around the faucets, taps, and showerheads in your home. In severe cases, this crust can lead to clogged faucets and weakened water flow around your house.
2. Plumbing Buildup
Unlike the mineral deposits around your faucets, buildup inside your pipes isn’t visible to the naked eye. This means it can stay under the radar until the problem becomes severe enough to start causing problems. Limescale accumulation in your pipes can lead to clogs and reduced water flow, in addition to putting a strain on your pipes and plumbing fixtures.
3. Water Heater Issues
Your water heater is another part of your house that can fall victim to hard water. When calcium deposits start building up in your water heater, the heater can begin to corrode. Corrosion leads to all kinds of issues like leaks, reduced performance, and total failure.
San Antonio’s Plumbing Specialists
Do any of the hard water warning signs on this list sound familiar? If so, then Beyer Plumbing is here to install a water softening system for your San Antonio home. Plus, we can do maintenance on your pipes and water heater in case they’re suffering from water calcification.
Our team of licensed plumbers has provided San Antonio with leading residential plumbing services since 1990. Call us today to learn more about what you can do to protect your home’s plumbing from hard water affects.