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Addressing A Few Questions Homeowners May Have About Hard Water

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The type of water that is flowing through your home's pipes is a critical factor in helping you to avoid some routine problems. Unfortunately, some new homeowners may not be particularly aware of the problems that hard water can cause or the steps that can be taken to correct it. After having a few of the following concerns addressed, you will find that you are better prepared to handle the issues that hard water can cause your house.

Why Is Hard Water Bad For Your Plumbing?

Hard water contains far more minerals than soft water, and while this may not seem like a particularly serious issue, these minerals can leave deposits that may cause blockages. This can lead to lower water pressure from your faucets and plumbing fixtures. When these deposits form, the only way to remove them will be to have the pipes and drains professionally cleaned. These professionals can use powerful solvents to help dissolve the mineral deposits. While this can be an effective repair option, it may cause disruptions and prove to be expensive, which may make installing a water softening device a more convenient option.

How Will A Water Softener Impact Your Water Pressure?

It can be a common concern for some individuals to assume that a water softener will have a serious impact on the water pressure. However, you should be relieved to learn that a properly balanced and calibrated water softener should not have a noticeable impact on your home's water pressure. For this reason, you should always allow a professional to install these devices if you choose to get one.

Will A Water Softener Be Maintenance Intensive?

Another reason some homeowners may not have a water softener installed is for a fear of it requiring regular and intensive maintenance to keep it functioning. Luckily, these systems are fairly self-sufficient. In most cases, you will only need to have them professionally serviced every few years, but this will depend on the size of your water softener and the water usage tendencies of your home. Luckily, many systems are equipped with a meter that can tell you when it is time to replenish the salt.  

These systems use special salts to neutralize the excess minerals in the water. This salt will eventually need to be replenished, which is the main reason you will need to have the softener serviced on a regular basis. Additionally, these servicings will allow the technician to inspect the various moving parts of the system to ensure that they are properly lubricated and aligned.