If you have never dealt with hard water, you may not be aware of the damage it can cause. At Delk Plumbing, Inc. we understand how difficult it can be to have this limescale water running through your piping system. Not only can it cause damage to your plumbing, but it can also create other issues with your skin, hair, and even your laundry. If you are a resident of the Summerville or Charleston, SC area, consider installing a whole house water softening system in your home. These unique devices use salt to break down the minerals found in hard water, leaving you with soft water you can use without damaging your plumbing!
Hard water can damage appliances like your water heater. If yours needs replacing, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater!
Signs You Have Hard Water
Hard water is the build-up of minerals in your municipal water supply. The additional minerals can wreak havoc on your pipes and plumbing system. Also known as limescale, hard water is the culprit behind the white, scaly stains that form around your tubs, sinks, and fixtures. Hard water will not only take its toll on your plumbing, but it will also affect appliances such as water heaters.
Some of the common signs you may be dealing with hard water in your Summerville or Charleston, SC home include:
- Spots: A common sign of hard water is found on your dishware. When you pull glasses out of the dishwasher and find small spot residue left behind, this is caused by limescale build-up.
- Low Water Pressure: limescale build-up accumulates in your pipes and in your fixtures. This will narrow your pipes and reduce the flow of water causing low water pressure.
- Scale: The white scaly marks on your tub and sink that is hard to remove is limescale. This is another common indication that you have hard water.
- Dry Skin: Issues such as dry skin and hair can also indicate hard water. When there is an excess of minerals in your water supply, you will find it is more difficult to lather soaps, shampoos, and even laundry detergent.
- Odd Tasting Water: If the mineral buildup in your water is severe, you can actually taste the difference. If you noticed a metallic change to the water, this could be due to the minerals.
- Increased Energy Bills: Finally, an indication of mineral buildup in your water is an increase in your energy bills. Hard water will cause the buildup of limescale in appliances such as your water heater. When that happens, the appliance will have to work on that much harder to produce hot water there for raising your rates.
Benefits of a Whole Home Water Softener
With all of the drawbacks mentioned above, hard water can definitely take its toll on your Summerville or Charleston, SC plumbing system and appliances. Luckily, there are ways that you can fix this issue.
A whole house water softening system is designed to remove the minerals from your water and produce soft water. These systems have become increasingly popular due to their benefit such as:
- Your dishware is cleaner
- Your hair and skin is softer
- There are no more white scaly stains on your fixtures
- Water fed appliances perform better
- Reduce energy costs
- Laundry is cleaner and softer
- Extends the life of your appliances
- Can reduce greenhouse gases
Routine Maintenance for Your Water Softener
Just like any other system in your home, whole house water softening systems will require maintenance performed by a professional. Luckily, the maintenance of these systems is not that invasive, nor does it need to be performed that often. However, this can depend on how much your system is being used.
Take a look at the basic maintenance for water softening system below:
- Rock Salt: Depending on how much your system is used, you will need to have rock salt added to it on a regular basis. Typically, your softening system will have an indicator that will let you know when this needs to be done.
- Cleaned: It is also important for your water softener to be cleaned annually. A technician can clean out the system within a few hours, and it will eliminate any repairs from cropping up.
- Maintenance: Beyond regular cleanings and rock salt, you should have your system maintained regularly, as well. Just like any other system, regular maintenance is required in order to keep it working at an optimal level. This will also ensure that any repairs are caught before they become major issues.
Looking for other ways to improve the water quality in your home? Be sure to ask about our water filtration system options, and find the ideal solution for your specific water quality concerns.
Why Choose Us
Working with Delk Plumbing, Inc. makes eliminating hard water and mineral buildup in your home easy. As a locally owned and family operated business, we have been servicing the communities of Summerville and Charleston, SC since 1978. Our goal is to provide quality workmanship and reliable service to all of our customers.