Almost 85% of Americans have hard water, and South Florida is no exception. In areas that have naturally hard water, your water heater could be taking a hit. We don’t build water heating systems to filter out all of the minerals in hard water, which can cause several issues to occur over time.
Hard water exists when Magnesium and Calcium are present in the water. These minerals create hard water because they are water-soluble. When they dissolve in water, they cause the hardness of the water to increase. We measure hard water by determining how many grains of these minerals are in each gallon of water.
Magnesium and Calcium are very common minerals, and therefore hard water is equally as common. Still, most people don’t know that hard water can negatively impact your water heater, so they don’t do anything to prevent the damage these minerals can cause.
We’ve all heard of limescale buildup and how much of a pain it is. Well, limescale buildup occurs because of hard water. The minerals stick to the inside of your pipes and water fixtures. Buildup decreases the amount of water that moves through the pipes and therefore reduces the efficiency of your plumbing system.
In addition to that, hard water also has a negative impact on your daily life. The minerals in hard water can stain your clothes and dishes. Plus, all of the extra minerals will dry out your hair and skin. So don’t be naive and think hard water is only impacting your pipes.
Just like your pipes, your heater will suffer from mineral buildup. The only difference is that the minerals will sink to the bottom of your heater because of the heat. The buildup will cause your water heater to be much less efficient, and eventually, the minerals will start to corrode the inside of your heater.
Your water heater will have to work twice as hard to keep up with your water demand. When this happens, you’ll soon see an increase in your water and power bills. The corrosion from the minerals will also force you to replace your water heater a lot faster than you should.
These issues affect both gas and electric heaters. If you have hard water in your area, you will be affected.
The big question is, how much will a water softener actually help? The answer is a lot. Water softeners are designed to filter out hard minerals like Magnesium and Calcium, so they never enter your heating system. This will prevent any of the limescale buildup or corrosion from ever occurring or negatively impacting your system.
Of course, using a water softener can’t prevent all corrosion or issues with your heating system, but it can certainly help. To prevent most problems from occurring, you should have your system inspected on a regular basis.
When we come for an inspection, one of our plumbers will be able to identify most of your system’s underlying problems. Then, we’ll be able to repair the issue and advise you on better maintaining your heating system. This is the best way to keep your home in good shape and save yourself from an expensive repair bill.
Hard water doesn’t impact your health in a negative way, but it can certainly make an impact on your wallet. Installing a new water heater or water fixtures isn’t cheap. So, prevent the problem before it starts by installing a water softener. Call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric today at 561-391-1048 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!