A-General Guide – What is Hard Water?

A-General Guide – What is Hard Water?

As per a survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common reason for people to acquire a certain kind of disease in through the way of contaminated drinking water. Hard water is a common concern for many homeowners. Understanding exactly what hard water is and how it affects your plumbing can help you determine what needs to be done in such a scenario.

What Is Hard Water?

Water that consists a high amount of mineral content is considered to be hard water. When the rain water flows from the surface into aquifers it absorbs minerals like calcium, manganese, and magnesium carbonate and then changes form from soft to hard water. The level of mineral content present in the water determines the hardness level of the water. Although the mineral content of household potable water is usually not harmful, but it can prove to be problematic

The scientific or laboratory measurement of hard water is most often measured in grains of mineral per gallon (GPG). Water that tests at 3.5 GPG or above is considered hard water.

What are the hazards of Hard Water?

Hard water can be problematic because it gives a reaction when mixed with cleaning products and creates buildup, can cause wear and tear of fixtures and appliances more than than soft water. The minerals present in hard water might make cleaning products less effective and makes cleaning more difficult. The build up of those minerals on utensils, clothing, fixtures, and even skin and hair can take their toll over time.

How does it affect the household plumbing fixture?

The build up of hard water content on tubs, shower, sinks, and faucets are only one part of the problem. The minerals present in hard water has also started to build up inside pipes, fixtures and appliances over time, thus causing corrosion, clogged pipes, blocked drain line and much more. The buildup which we can see starts to cause all sorts of plumbing problems like reduced water flow, Drain and sewer line clogs and increased stress on pipes and fixtures. The mineral deposits causes wear and tear of appliances making it to operate less efficiently. It is better to to keep a check and give a timely test for the hard water present in the pipes.

If things go overboard and you need a professional assistance to fix the issue, hire the leading general plumbing service company in NJ, A-General, for a hassle free plumbing service experience.


About Victor Perkins

Victor Perkins is a Mass Communications graduate and an ardent blogger. He has sound knowledge over the topics of business, sports, politics and the daily news updates. With a good eye for writing and copy editing Victor writes blogs for A-General Plumbing and Sewer Service company.

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