3 Things to Understand about Water Hardness and Filtration Systems for Your Home

30 July 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Hard water can be a problem that destroys appliances and adds unhealthy amounts of minerals to the water in your home. It is caused by groundwater that has high heavy metal content and can be a problem for many homes. If you have hard water, you may want to consider a water softener for your home. Here are some things to know about hard water.

1. The Effects of Hard Water on Home Appliances

Mineral deposits can show up in home appliances and mechanical systems that use water. Over time, the appliances can come less efficient due to residue building up on moving parts. It can eventually cause appliances not to work. This is why it is important to use decalcifying products to clean appliances if you do not have a home water softener system. The decalcifying solutions use sodium to breakup calcium deposits on your appliances.

2. White Film on Things You Wash and Use Water With

Another sign of hard water is a white film that builds up on things you wash. If you run a dishwasher and the plates and glasses come out with a white film, the white film is formed by mineral deposits from hard water. This can also be seen in other areas where you use water, such as on your water pitcher or even in your garden pond or pool. If you have hard water in a pool, there are also treatments and systems to help remove minerals from the water. These can be pre-filtration systems that filter water before you add it to a pool, spa or pond.

3. Installing a Filtration System or Water Softener to Remove Minerals

For the plumbing in your home, there are many different types of filtration systems. These can be carbon based filters that use coal to remove mineral and heavy metals. Coal filters are good for minor hard water problems. If the water service to your home has an excessive amount of minerals and heavy metals, you may want to consider installing a water softener. These filtration systems are designed to remove the particles from the water before it goes to the rest of the plumbing in your home.

To reduce the effect of mineral deposits in your homes plumbing, contact a plumber such as Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer, INC. to help install a filtration system installed to remove the mineral content from your water.