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The Impact Of Hard Water On Plumbing And Appliances

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We can all agree that water is essential for our daily lives. The problem is that not all water is the same, in fact, hard water is a common problem that affects many households around the world.

Hard water contains high levels of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium which can have a negative impact on plumbing and appliances. This is why Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric would like to explore the effects of hard water and how different water treatments can help.​​​​​​

Hard Water Effects On Your Plumbing​​​​​​

As we mentioned, the high levels of minerals in hard water can have a number of negative effects on your plumbing. The longer this water runs through your plumbing system, the greater the chances of:

  • Mineral buildup
  • Blockages
  • Reduced water flow
  • Pipe corrosion
  • Plumbing leaks and repairs

Allowing untreated hard water to run through your pipes for an extended period can cause significant damage to your plumbing system. Not only will this reduce its efficiency but also its lifespan.

Untreated hard water doesn’t just negatively affect your plumbing system, but your appliances as well. ​​​​​​

Impact Of Hard Water On Appliances

Hard water causes havoc on your plumbing system, but it doesn’t stop there.  Moving through your pipes, hard water can also have a negative impact on household appliances.

From washing machines and dishwashers to refrigerators and water heaters, hard water affects them all. The minerals can accumulate in these appliances and when they do, they’ll reduce their effectiveness and shorten their lifespan.

What’s more, is that hard water can cause mineral buildup on heating elements. Over time, this will increase your energy bills and will need to be replaced.​​​​​​

Different Water Treatments​​​​​​

Fortunately, there are a number of different water treatments that can help to reduce the negative effects of hard water on your system and appliances. Some of the most common treatments are:​​​​​​

Water Softeners

Water softeners are the most common solution to hard water problems. It works by using an ion exchange process to remove calcium and magnesium ions from the water. This can help reduce mineral buildup in pipes and appliances.

Reverse Osmosis

This is a water treatment process that uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities from the water. Water is forced through the membrane under pressure, leaving behind minerals and other impurities. This can help reduce mineral buildup in appliances while also improving water quality.​​​​​​


Descalers are devices that use a magnetic or electric field to alter the structure of minerals in the water. It’s the electromagnetic field created by the device that changes the electrical charge of the minerals and prevents them from sticking to surfaces in pipes and appliances. This can help reduce mineral buildup in both your pipes and appliances.​​​​​​

Filter Systems

There are a variety of filter systems available that are designed to remove impurities from water. After choosing your desired system, you need to choose if you want it to be installed at the point of entry, under the sink, or as a whole-house system. Some filter systems can also be combined with other treatments to provide even greater benefits.

Get rid of hard water today by calling Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric

Hard water can have a negative impact on your plumbing system and appliances, but not all hope is lost. There are several water treatments that can help reduce mineral buildup and lead to better water quality. ​​​​​​

If you are experiencing problems with hard water in your home, then contact your local plumbing company Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric today or give us a call at 1-800-475-1504! Not only will we be able to help fix the issue but also give you advice on future treatments as well.


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