If your home has hard water, you may have noticed that your glasses always have spots on them or the need to rinse twice whenever you are cleaning to thoroughly remove soap. However, your hard water may also be damaging your pipes and fixtures. If you suspect this is the case, look for the following signs your hard water is wrecking havoc on your plumbing.
Shower Head Clogs Up
One sign that your home's hard water is adversely affecting your plumbing is when you notice that your shower head becomes clogged up. Because the holes in the head are small, the mineral deposit buildup is more noticeable because of the tiny spaces.
Even if you scrub the shower head every few days, the holes will become more clogged with each use. Also, because the holes are clogged up with the mineral deposits, the inside of the shower head can eventually become so gunked up that you may find that you have to replace the head once or twice a year.
Hot Water Heater Is Constantly Running
When hard water is exposed to heat, the minerals are separated from the liquid more quickly. While the hard water is sitting in your hot water heater under constant heat, the separated minerals first settle in the bottom of the tank.
Eventually, the sediment makes its way into the outlet valves and pipes. Because the deposits clog up these areas, your hot water heater has to work harder to heat the water and force it through the plumbing system.
You may find that the hot water heater is running constantly. If this happens, the appliance may break down faster than normal because of the added strain of dealing with the hard water.
Toilet Always Looks Dirty
A noticeable sign that your hard water is adversely affecting your plumbing fixtures is that your toilet always looks dirty. Even after you have soaked the bowl in bleach and scrubbed with a brush or pumice stone, the discolored mineral deposits remain.
Not only are these deposits an eyesore, but the minerals can eventually break down the integrity of your toilet bowl. After constant exposure to the hard water and its mineral buildup, the material may crack and start to leak, necessitating the replacement of your toilet.
If you notice any of the above signs, your home's hard water is adversely affecting your plumbing and fixtures. Eventually, you may also find that your pipes are clogging up because of the mineral deposits. Before this happens, contact a plumber, such as from Bedell Plumbing Inc, to have your water tested and discuss your options for using a water softener to decrease its impact on your plumbing.