What is “Hard” Water?
“Hard” water is a type of naturally occurring spring water that contains a variety of minerals, such as iron, calcium, and magnesium.
Some of the obvious signs of hard water include:
- “Scale” – a white, flaky substance left behind in sinks and tubs after drying.
- Dry skin and hair after showering.
- Worsening water pressure.
- Clothing color fades after washing.
Although the minerals and metals in hard water aren’t hazardous to human health, they regularly cause mild to moderate plumbing problems in residential and commercial plumbing systems.
The Problem for Plumbing
As a plumber in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Mechanical has seen the negative impact of hard water damage to pipes and plumbing systems first hand.
When mineral-dense water isn’t treated with softeners, it can trigger a build-up of deposits on metal piping and appliances. These build-ups can cause a number of frustrating issues, including draining and water pressure problems.
The most common hard-water damage can impact the following household items over time:
- Plumbing pipes
- Water Heaters
- Shower Heads
- Coffee Maters
Hard Water in Colorado Springs
According to Colorado Springs Utilities, the water hardness classification here in the Front Range is “slightly hard,” but it should be noted that the actual hardness of your water will vary based on your specific location and neighborhood.
The best way to find out if you have hard water in your neighborhood is to speak with your realtor or Colorado Springs Utilities themselves.
Preventing Hard Water Damage
Preventing a problem with your plumbing system is always better than fixing an existing issue.
Over time, hard water can cause damage to appliances and create clogs in your pipes. Don’t wait until there is a serious problem with your plumbing – invest in a water softener to keep pipes safe from the heavy metals and hard minerals.
Softeners target the most common minerals found in hard water, including:
- Heavy Metals
To ensure the project is completed correctly, your water softener should be installed by a professional Colorado Springs plumbing contractor.
While hard water doesn’t pose an immediate threat to the well-being of your plumbing system, over time it has the potential to cause a number of frustrating issues, like damaged kitchen appliances and clogged pipes.
If you’re concerned about potential hard water damage in your home or business, working with a plumbing contractor is the best way to check for existing issues. Contact our team today at (719) 232-4720 for a free consultation.