Yuck! You just pulled your dishes out of the dishwasher and they’re covered in water spots. You know they’re clean, you just washed them, but they don’t look it. These water spots on your dishes are one of the signs you have Hard Water. And you’re not alone. Hard Water is very common in the Phoenix area.
While you can’t change where your water comes from, you can install a water softener to help your appliances. While you might think there’s no harm in a little hard water, there are many effects Hard Water has on your home and appliances.
Hard Water Can Clog Your Pipes
You see buildup on your dishes and clothes, but how did it get there? Through your pipes. Could there be buildup on your pipes too? The answer is yes. The buildup you see on your glasses is also building up in your pipes as well. The buildup is made of calcium, magnesium, and iron. As buildup in your pipes continues, you may notice a few things. Your water pressure might not be as strong as it was because water cannot flow easily through pipes. With enough buildup in your pipes, your pipes may develop a clog that could burst.
Getting a whole house water filtration system from H2O Concepts might seem like a heavy price upfront, but it is much less expensive than water damage from a burst pipe. Your pipes are inside your walls, so when one bursts, you’ll have to fix the walls surrounding it. Prevent disaster now with a water filtration system.
Hard Water Can Ruin Your Appliances
Although you think you can deal with a little residue on your dishes, Hard Water can be costing you in other ways. Deposits clog up systems that your appliances rely on to function efficiently. Losing efficiency will result in higher energy costs and more stress on your machines, limiting their lifespan.
Nobody likes washing dishes, but they always need to be cleaned. That’s why dishwashers are such great appliances. However, deposits on your dishes make them unsightly. Washing them again or washing them with more soap can add up quickly. A study done by the Water Quality Association found that hard water can greatly decrease the lifespan of your appliances. A normal dishwasher typically lasts 10 years, but when it uses untreated water, its lifespan is cut to 7 years.
Like dishwashers, you may notice your clothes aren’t clean when they come out of the washing machine. Washing them a second time will get them clean, but you’re using more detergent each time. Even high-efficiency washers experience the stress of Hard Water. Many homeowners buy these appliances to boost their energy efficiency. But with hard water, the efficiency decreases dramatically as months and years go by.
Hot Water Heaters
The appliance most impacted by Hard Water is your hot water heater. Although you don’t need to add soap to hot water heat, it does use a significant amount of energy. Heating water in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, is about 18% of your energy bill. If your hot water tank is filled with deposit buildup, it can require a lot more energy to heat water in your home.
Fight Against Hard Water With A Water Filtration System From H2O Concepts
Protect your home, pipes, clothes, dishes, and valuable appliances by having a water softener installed from H2O Concepts. We have a large variety of products that can help prevent Hard Water buildup, without altering the taste. Contact us today to learn more about our products and how you can have better water in your home!