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The Truth about Hard Water: How It May Ruin Your Plumbing

Hard water is actually quite common, affecting the water supply of nearly ¾ of the country. The good news is that hard water, a condition characterized by a high amount of mineral content in the water that enters your home, is not typically harmful to your health. Minerals in hard water, like calcium, are safe to ingest.

Why Hard Water is Hard on Your Plumbing

The actual problem with hard water has to do with how it affects your plumbing pipes and the fixtures throughout your home. Take a look at the damage it can do, and why you may want to consider a water softener for your home.


We often refer to the white or yellowish buildup that water sometimes leaves behind on faucets and drains as scale. Mineral buildup, or scale buildup, is often not too difficult to clean up. All you need is some vinegar and elbow grease, or maybe even a lemon wedge.

However, the same buildup you see on the outside of faucets is also present on the inside of the pipes. It also collects in dishwashers, water heaters, and other major appliances. And this isn’t so easy to clean up.


The problem with scaling in your pipes is that it slowly restricts the volume available within. The restricted water flow results in low water pressure, and plumbers typically don’t get a phone call until the pipes have been restricted significantly.

At this point, the only option may be to replace pipes at a major cost to you. Besides replacing pipes, mineral deposits are responsible for a number of other issues around the house:

  • Poor performance of dishwashers and clothes washers.
  • Soap scum in the tub, sink, or clothes washer, since soap cannot dissolve as easily in hard water.
  • Shorter lifespan of coffee makers and other water-using devices.
  • The need to clean tubs, sinks, and faucets too often.


A whole-house water softener is perhaps the best solution to these problems. Don’t let your plumbing pipes get destroyed! A water softener takes minerals out of the water and replaces them with a small amount of salt (not enough for adverse health effects with a typical installation). Call local plumbers and our expert water testers in Nashville today!

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