Signs That You Have a Hard Water Problem

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Hard water is one of the most common, and most troublesome, problems that can afflict a home’s plumbing system. It’s water, but with a high concentration of magnesium and calcium molecules in it. Over time, hard water deposits small amounts of these minerals on the surfaces it flows over. Eventually, this builds into lime scale, which restricts the flow of water through the pipes in your home. It’s important that you be able to recognize when you have a hard water problem, before it has a chance to wreak havoc on your pipes.

Visible Buildup

Look around your bathtub, shower, faucets, and anywhere else that deals with water on a regular basis. If you notice a white, chalky substance around those areas, that’s lime scale. If lime scale is present in outside of the pipes, it’s a pretty good indication that it’s present inside the pipes, as well. You should call for water treatment services as soon as you see this.

Loss of Water Pressure

Unlike a pipe rupture or blockage, water pressure loss caused by lime scale tends to happen pretty slowly. This can make it pretty difficult to notice if you’re not paying close attention. If you start to see a steady drop in water pressure over a long period of time, you should have a professional check it out before it gets too severe. If lime scale is not taken care of in time, it will harden and become impossible to remove without damaging the pipe. So, make sure that you have it removed before then if you don’t want to repipe all the affected areas of your home.

Bell Plumbing and Heating offers water treatment services throughout Denver, CO. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.

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