Hard water can pose a real problem not only for your skin and hair but for your home's plumbing system as well. Hard water deposits along the interior of your plumbing pipes can lead to premature rust. Too much hard water buildup in your hot water heater can cause the heater to work overtime, resulting in increased energy costs.
Keeping hard water buildup to a minimum can be challenging, but here are two simple ways you can counter the effects of hard water in your home in the future.
1. Lower the temperature of your hot water heater.
Doing something as simple as lowering your hot water heater's thermostat could be an effective way to combat the effects of hard water.
As the temperature of hard water rises, calcium and magnesium are released from the water. These minerals begin to form a solid film (commonly referred to as scale) along the interior of your hot water heater's tank. Scale buildup can cause your hot water heater's tank to corrode and can require your heater to work harder in order to heat the water that is distributed throughout your home.
By keeping your hot water heater's temperature at the recommended 120 degrees, you will be able to reduce the amount of scale that builds up on the interior surface of your hot water heater's tank.
2. Remove calcium buildup from your pipes.
Keeping your home's plumbing pipes free from obstructions is essential when it comes to ensuring your plumbing system remains functional.
Hard water can lead to a buildup of calcium along the interior walls of water pipes over time. Calcium deposits can slow water pressure and draining times. You can prevent hard water from taking a toll on your pipes by removing calcium buildup on a regular basis.
If you don't rely on a well to supply water to your home, you can turn to an acidic chemical to help you break up calcium deposits. If you do rely on well water, pouring a bit of distilled white vinegar followed by a teaspoon of baking soda down each drain in your home can be a safer way to get rid of calcium from your pipes' interior walls.
Understanding how to keep the effects of hard water to a minimum inside your home will allow you to prolong the life of your home's plumbing system, and prevent excess spending caused by blocked pipes and an overworked water heater. For more information, consider contacting a plumber like those at Stephens Plumbing And Heating Inc.