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Effects Of Hard Water On Pipes!

Oct 31,2023 | Kitchen, Bathroom, Bathtub, Shower Faucet - Wovier

As is well known, hard water contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals. One of these minerals, calcium, can dissolve and form a substance known as limescale. The primary impact of hard water on pipes is the accumulation of limescale inside the pipes, leading to reduced water flow or even pipe blockages. In some cases, the dissolved minerals can create small holes, causing leaks and water damage.

The most common effect of hard water on pipes is a decrease in water flow, which is most noticeable at faucets and showerheads. Over time, limescale accumulates inside the pipes, causing the amount of water passing through to decrease. Faucets may eventually provide only a weak stream of water. Showerheads might drip instead of spraying water. Limescale can also build up inside the faucets, interfering with their shut-off mechanisms and causing constant dripping.

Another way hard water affects pipes is by causing complete blockages. Limescale accumulates until it forms a solid obstruction, blocking the passage of water. Limescale forms more quickly in warm or hot water, so pipes that carry hot water from water heaters are more susceptible to blockages. Components in water heaters can also become coated with limescale, making them less efficient and causing the heater to use more energy to heat water.

Typically, the effects of hard water on pipes are not easily noticeable, and homeowners may remain unaware of the issue until significant damage occurs. These minerals can lead to severe pipe damage, including the development of holes. Damaged pipes become increasingly fragile and can eventually fail. The holes in the pipes may be small, but they can form behind walls and in other hard-to-access areas. Water leaking continuously from these small holes may go unnoticed for a period until the homeowner becomes aware of the problem.

Several household devices can address hard water. To minimize the impact of hard water on pipes before it enters the home's plumbing system, one can install one of these devices. If you want to eliminate limescale, water softeners and reverse osmosis systems are effective at removing dissolved calcium from hard water.

 

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