Is Hard Water Damaging Your Home?

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We are learning from our customers that water hardness is becoming more and more of an issue within the home and wanted to alert you to the potential problems associated with hard water.

Dealing with hard water in the home can be a nuisance and lead to costly repairs to water-using appliances and plumbing over the long-term. Soft water is simply less corrosive and less costly!

The problems associated with hard water relate to issues it causes to appliances using water in your home.  Such problems are:

  • Hard water minerals can clog pipes and reduce water flow and pressure.
  • Deposits of scale formed from excess calcium and magnesium shortens the life of water heaters dishwashers, washing machines  and many other household appliances.
  • Utility bills can increase due to accumulated scale in the water heater. (Scale is a poor conductor of heat, increasing the energy needed to heat water.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), hard water contributes to inefficient and costly operation of water-using appliances due to the buildup of limescale.

Limescale can clog pipes and can decrease the life of toilet flushing units by 70% and water taps by 40%, can raise the cost of heating your water, and clog your pipes.

The U.S. EPA , Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MassDEP, and many other major health organizations recommend well owners test their drinking water at least annually to ensure their water is healthy and safe to drink, and to reduce the risk of any aesthetic issues becoming larger, costly problems down the road.

Water quality changes over time and it’s important to record and trend results. This will allow you an opportunity to take preventative measures before they become costly, larger issues for you and your family.

If you haven’t had your water tested this year, we encourage you to do so now. We also encourage you to only use MA State Certified Labs for your testing needs. Testing kits from Home Depot or Lowes are simply not accurate enough for you to make an informed decision on whether you’ll need to consider taking action to reduce water hardness.

If you have any questions about water testing, please don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

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