Throughout the U.S., hard water is a fact of life for 85% of the nation. If you’ve recently moved to Texas you probably are probably using hard water. The water supplying your home is considered hard when it contains a high concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Water collects these minerals when it filters through underground layers of stone and deposits such as limestone and chalk. If your home is served by hard water, the consequences can be costing you money. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth offers the solution you require for hard water.
Not everyone considers hard water to be all bad. In fact, some people prefer the taste of it, and appreciate that it contributes calcium and magnesium, which are part of our dietary requirements.
Unfortunately, water containing a higher than average mineral content leaves behind scale, especially when it is heated and this cause problems for your plumbing and appliances. Hard water is responsible for the spots on your dishes, the white film on faucets and the shower door, the unsightly ring under the rim of the toilet, and the reduced lifespan of water heaters, to name a few of its detrimental effects on your household.
You may have noticed your clothes and towels feel stiff and look dingy. You may suffer from dry, itchy skin, and notice it especially after a shower. These are due to hard water, which prevents detergent from performing properly, and soaps and shampoos to also not reach their potential.
You don’t have to tolerate the negative effects of hard water. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth for the installation of a water softener in your home. A water softener uses sodium or potassium to remove hard water minerals from the water supply by a process called ion exchange. However, those who don’t want the added sodium or potassium in their drinking water have the option of excluding the kitchen plumbing from the water softening system.
How Hard Water Affects the Plumbing and Appliances
The scale left behind by hard water can accumulate inside the pipes, fixtures and water using appliances. In the water heater, scale accumulates in the bottom, creating an insulating layer that causes the appliance to work harder to maintain the set temperature. In dishwashers and washing machines, the buildup can cause blockage.
A water softener can protect, and will reduce the amount of required maintenance significantly. Your home’s will also benefit from a water softener. Without it, the buildup in pipes and fixtures can reduce the water flow and create excess pressure, which may contribute to leaks. Inside the pipes, the minerals may also provide an ideal location for bacteria to thrive.
A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Fort Worth can provide the solution you need to combat hard water, and the expertise to ensure reliability for each and every job. If hard water is causing problems in your home, contact a Ben Franklin plumber in Fort Worth today. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.