Hard water is a problem that crops up commonly in homes. It isn’t the fault of the homeowner: this mineral-heavy water enters a house from the water main connected to the municipal system. The minerals in hard water (mostly magnesium and calcium) are rarely harmful for people to drink, although they can contribute to poor-tasting water. However, hard water poses a problem for plumbing that homeowners should not ignore.
At Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., we are now entering our 37th year serving Delaware County with experienced plumbing solutions. We can help you with your hard water problems, from water treatment installation to drain repair in Springfield, PA. Call us today to find out what we can do for you.
The problems with hard waters and drains
The first signs of hard water you will usually find are white or yellow flakes around your drains and fixtures. These are calcite deposits from hard water, and they are what will affect your drains. As the mineral-heavy water flows through your drainpipes, it leaves behind these calcium deposits on the pipe interiors. Gradually, the deposits will begin to build up and close the reduce the volume inside the pipes.
It’s extremely rare for hard water deposits to completely plug up a pipe, but they will make it much easier for clogs from other substances to occur. Worse, however, is the affect they will have on the pressure inside the pipes. The restriction on the water flow will increase the pressure throughout your plumbing. High water pressure will lead to leaks and damage to appliances hooked up to the plumbing.
How you can deal with hard water
When leaks or other damage occurs to your drains because of hard water, you need to call for professional plumbers to fix the problem. However, repairing an individual leak won’t fix the hard water problem, but there are ways to address this as well. A plumber can install a water softener onto your water main. This treatment system balances out the minerals in hard water with the addition of sodium. (If the water softener adds too much sodium, there is a filtration device that can balance that as well.)
Call for professional plumbers
You may not be able to stop the hard water from coming through the water main, but you can use water treatment to prevent it from getting into your pipes. And with the right plumbers working for you, it should be no problem fixing the problems that hard water can cause to your drain.
Our trained plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. can install water softeners and other water treatment systems to your plumbing to increase the quality of your water. They can also handle any drain repair in Springfield, PA you need due to hard water. Contact us today.