Detecting Hard Water In Your Home
Hard Water is water that has high mineral content (in contrast with “soft water”). Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonate. Hard water is a very common problem in homes in California. While it isn’t a threat to your health, it can cause problems with your plumbing over time. As the hard water deposits calcium and magnesium particles on the walls of your pipes, lime scale forms. These large mineral deposits restrict the flow of water through the pipes, eventually becoming impossible to remove without replacing an entire section.
Detecting hard water early is key when it comes to protecting your home. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you have hard water in your home.
Calcium deposits (also called lime scale) look like a white, chalky crust that forms on any surface exposed to hard water over a long period of time. One of the easiest ways to tell whether or not you have a hard water problem is to check your shower head and faucets. If you see that white crust building up in those areas, it is likely that you have a hard water problem.
Water Pressure Loss
As lime scale builds up in the plumbing, the flow of water through the pipes will slow to a trickle. If you seem to be losing water pressure slowly over time, it is quite possible that you have lime scale building up in your plumbing. Sudden water pressure loss often indicates a leak or rupture. Either way, you should call us to come have a look as soon as you notice this issue.
If you want to prevent your plumbing from issues due to hard water and lime scale, you need to install a water softener in your home. Call Sal’s Plumbing, your family run South Bay Plumber for 30 years at (310) 618-8476. We are happy to get you going in the right direction!