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Hard Water and Your Plumbing

In this post, we’ll explain to you exactly what hard water is, and what worries it can cause your plumbing in Concord, MA. Basnett Plumbing & Heating has served the Metrowest Area with high-quality plumbing services since 1987, so if you have plumbing damage from hard water, contact us for help.

Hard water is water that contains high levels of the minerals calcium and magnesium (and sometimes other minerals as well, but these are the most common). This condition often occurs in water from a municipal supply. The good news about hard water is that it’s rarely harmful for you to drink, although it won’t taste as good as water with the proper balance of minerals. Hard water tends to make it difficult to work up a decent lather of soap, which is often an early warning of its presence in your plumbing.

Hard water is most troublesome for your pipes and bathroom and kitchen fixtures. The high amount of calcium in hard water will leave calcite deposits any place that your plumbing reaches. You’ll notice white deposits around faucets and drains. But the biggest problems will go unseen, inside your piping. Calcite will begin to build up inside the pipes. Although there is almost no danger that this buildup will completely close off the pipe, the growing calcite layer will restrict the water flow, and this will cause an increase in water pressure throughout your plumbing. High water pressure can lead to leaks springing up in numerous places, wasting water and threatening drywall, wood, plaster, and other building material.

Don’t ignore a hard water problem. If you would like to prevent these kinds of issues and make the water in your home taste better, ask your plumber about installing a water filtration system.  You want to catch these problems before the leaks can start—once water starts dripping, the repair needs will begin mounting.

Your plumbing in Concord, MA will be in excellent hands with the aid of Basnett Plumbing & Heating. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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