If you live in an area with hard water, then you probably have already been advised at one point to have a water softener installed in your home. If so, you have surely familiarized yourself with the term hard water, but you may not be familiar with what hard water exactly is, how it forms, or just how damaging it can be to your plumbing system at home. This article will go into detail and explain the science behind hard water, how it forms, and exactly how damaging it is to a home’s plumbing system. If you haven’t had a water softener installed in your home, and you are considering it, give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call for professional plumbing in Arlington, Texas.
Hard water begins with rainwater, which is naturally weakly acidic as it contains carbonic acid. Carbonic acid forms with the reaction that occurs between water and the carbon dioxide that is found in the atmosphere. Whenever it rains, it will flow over rocks or soak into the ground, seeping through other layers of rock. As the acidic moisture passes through these rocks, minerals from them, usually calcium and / or magnesium will dissolve into the water, thus forming hard water. The degree of hard water will vary in different regions, and it is determined by the types of rocks that are present in those different areas.
The Effects of Hard Water
Hard water has many negative effects on our homes. One of which is that it reduces the ability of soap to lather. This makes it to where you will need to use more detergent for example when washing clothes to get them clean. Furthermore, the dissolved calcium and magnesium that is within hard water reacts to the soap to form soap scum, this in turn requires even more soap to have to be used and this is what is to blame if you see film on your shower walls and doors or on your kitchen plates and glasses after washing.
Another serious problem with hard water is how it reacts in your hot water heater. When hard water is heated it will produce lime scale. This lime scale will form at the bottom of the hot water heater tank. In order for your water to be heated, it must first heat the lime scale, thus increasing the costs to operate the hot water heater, reducing performance and most of all reducing the lifespan of the hot water heater. If you would like water softener installation for your home’s plumbing in Arlington, Texas, then give Ben Franklin Plumbing a call today.
Hard water also causes blockages in your home’s plumbing system. Over time the buildup of these minerals will cause blockages in not only your pipes but your faucet’s aerators also. This buildup will reduce water pressure in your home and showers and can lead to aggravation specifically if trying to wash soap out of your hair while in the shower and there is very little water pressure. Hard water also causes dry, itchy skin and dull hair. Some homeowners often have water filtration systems installed in their home, mistakenly believing that these systems will remove the minerals from hard water. This is not true, as only a water softener can remove the minerals contained in hard water. However, Benjamin Franklin can provide your home with plumbing in Arlington, Texas to install a water conditioning system. This system will be able to provide both benefits of a water filtration system and a water softening system for your home.
The Benefits of a Water Softener
- A water softener will stop the spotting of dishes caused by hard water.
- Improves the efficiency of laundry detergent, and provides softer, brighter clothing, linen, and towels that last longer.
- Provides shinier hair and healthier skin, and reduces the amount of soap and shampoo required.
- Water softening extends the lifespan of appliances by reducing the problems associated with them that is due to hard water. This is especially true for water heaters, which requires routine maintenance, and an increased incidence of water heater plumbing in Arlington, Texas due to untreated hard water.
- A water softener reduces the blockages that hard water causes in your home’s plumbing in Arlington, Texas.
- Hard water deposits minerals and causes soap scum to stick to tubs, and showers. Furthermore, the stains that collect under the toilet rim are due to hard water.
- A water softener will improve house cleaning chores by increasing the efficiency of products you use to clean your home.
About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, TX provides professional plumbing in Arlington, Texas servicing Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Our experienced, courteous and friendly plumbers provide on time plumbing related services to not only Arlington but surrounding areas also. If you are in need of a professional plumber that you can count on for plumbing repairs, maintenance and / or installation then you can count on us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas.
Ben Franklin Plumbing is a leader in the field for plumbing related repairs. We are also one of the most trusted plumbing service brands in the industry with high standards of service that you can rely on. When you contact us you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving the best plumbing in Arlington, Texas. Our commitment to service and excellence is reflected in our stone solid A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. If you have a plumbing related problem in your home or business and you need help, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our professional, courteous and friendly plumbers provide expert plumbing in Arlington, Texas and will be more than happy to assist you and answer any of your questions and schedule an appointment with you to assess the plumbing related problem and resolve it at your earliest convenience. Give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Arlington, Texas a call today if you are looking for professional plumbing in Arlington, Texas. If there’s any delay, it’s you we pay®