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Hard Water  – What’s the Big Deal?

Hard water, by definition, is water that has a high concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium. And according to the US Geological Association, more than 89 percent of Americans have hard water in their homes. In contrast, the softest water can be found in parts of New England, the South Atlantic and Gulf regions, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

While the taste of hard water is preferred by many Americans, the damage that hard water can do to a home and its systems has not been lost on many homeowners. Consequently, the popularity of in-home water softeners continues to rise. While these in-home systems may seem extreme to some, there are reasonable arguments for installing a softener in your home. Due to significant mineral build up, there are real challenges that long-term hard water use can have in and on your home:

Washing your clothes in hard water can harm the fibers while making the clothes feel scratchy and looky dingy.

Mineral build up in your shower head can eventually cause clogs and reduce water pressure.

Soap scum on tubs, showers and other surfaces can sometimes cause permanent damage if not treated.

Build up in your coffeemaker and washing machines can make these appliances much less efficient and ultimately affect their valves and seals which can trigger leaks.

Damage to plumbing fixtures. Not only is the buildup unsightly around drains and faucets, the minerals can damage the internal mechanisms, causing potential leaks down the road.

Years of hard water use will cause build up, especially in steel pipes, resulting in increased water pressure and potential damage.

So what should you be doing if your home uses hard water? First, know that there are ways to minimize the harm of hard water on your appliances, clothes, etc. And second, develop a routine of preventative maintenance to reduce the damage to your home. In the next post on “Hard Water,” several of these options will be discussed for you to explore.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Common Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid

 

Your home’s plumbing system is one of those items you usually don’t pay too close attention to until something goes awry. And then, well, it’s no fun to deal with plumbing problems — and unfortunately repairs can be costly. So how do you help prevent issues that can stop your home’s plumbing system in its tracks?

Clean your drain traps regularly. During these checks look for simple clogs and potential drainage problems which are frustrating now but can be debilitating in the long term. When you’re cleaning your pipes, be gentle when it comes to using harsh chemicals, especially if you have a septic system.

Keep paint out of your drains. As you’re working on those summer home projects, make sure not to put paint or any other construction materials or fluids down the drain. Contact your city or town hall and they will be able to tell you the proper procedure for disposing of these materials in your area. Typically, there is a specific waste location that deals strictly with these items.

Manage your cooking grease. If you’re cooking and tempted to watch that grease out of the pan into the sink — don’t do it! Instead, allow the grease to cool, pour it into a jar or aluminum can and throw it in the trash.

Handle your garbage disposal with care. Everyone loves this modern-day convenience, but if you overload it or if you unload things into it that aren’t good for it — such as rice, coffee grounds and melon rinds — it can wear out and not do the job that it needs to, thus causing potential plumbing problems.

Be good to your faucet handles and they will be good to you. Twisting or pulling on them continuously to stop a small leak can strip the washer and complicate matters. Also, if you’re doing your own plumbing, make sure not to over tighten the faucets.

Don’t delay plumbing repairs. If you discover a problem that needs to be handled by a professional — don’t delay. The problem can get worse, creating more of an opportunity for even greater problems such as mold to take hold.

Have you purchased a new water heater? Make sure to allow it to fill completely before turning it on. Otherwise, you could do irreparable damage.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!