Do you suspect that you might have hard water in your home? WM Buffington Company, Inc., known for its expertise in home air conditioning repair, shares some signs that you might need a water softener.
Limescale Buildup on Appliances
If you notice that your dishwasher, washing machine and coffee pots have a layer of some hard, chalky substance on them, then you have hard water in your home. This scale is made up of calcium and magnesium bicarbonate.
Hard water can cause dry, itchy skin brought about by the minerals that weren’t sufficiently removed by your soap and shampoo.
Gray, Faded Clothes
As on your skin, the hard minerals in the water also stick to your clothes, making them look gray and dingy.
Stained Sinks and Tubs
When tap water evaporates, it leaves behind calcium and magnesium, which can stain your sinks and tubs over time.
Frequent Plumbing Repairs
Frequent repairs are especially common with steel pipes, which are easily damaged by the build-up of limescale. The flow of water is restricted by this buildup, leading to leaks around the valves and joints.
Skyrocketing Water Bills.
The harder the water, the more difficult it is for it to flow through the pipe, especially with buildup present. Add to that the leaks brought about by the build-up, and your water bill will likely go up.
Solving Hard Water Problems
Cleaning your tub and sinks with vinegar can help remove the stains caused by mineral buildup. For a more long-term solution, get a water softener. This will take out the extra magnesium and calcium ions using an exchange with sodium or potassium ions.
As the leading name in energy-efficient cooling system installation in Pennsylvania, WM Buffington Company Inc., is also a trusted provider of water treatment and plumbing services.
Whether you need plumbing installation, repairs, maintenance, water heater replacement and repairs, water treatment or even 24/7 emergency services, we’re happy to serve you.
As a Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Diamond Contractor and a Bryant® Factory-Authorized Dealer, our technicians are experts in ductless air conditioning installation, as well as central air conditioning systems and heat pump installation. Give us a call at (717) 657-2451 or fill out our contact form for an estimate. We proudly serve Middletown, PA, and nearby areas.