Hard Water Hazards

Water. It’s something that we don’t think too much about, despite the fact that it’s an essential part of our lives. We drink it, we bathe in it, we use it to feed our plants, we swim in it. Not a day goes by that we don’t do something with water.

The bottled water industry has made hundreds of millions of dollars off of selling consumers purified water in attractively designed plastic bottles. Consumers flock to bottled water out of concerns about impurities in drinking water.

What are these impurities?

Hard Water

First you must understand what hard water is. Water that contains high mineral content -calcium, manganese, and magnesium carbonate – is considered to be hard water. Water hardness is measured in grains of mineral per gallon (GPG). Water that tests at 3.5 GPG or above is considered hard water.

While it may make your drinking water taste funny, hard water is actually not harmful to your health. However, it can wreak havoc on your home plumbing systems – just ask Phoenix AZ plumbers Chas Roberts.

The high level of minerals in hard water causes a build-up on showers, bath tubs, sinks and faucets, not to mention inside pipes and appliances. Over time, this build-up can create plumbing problems such as reduced water flow, clogs and increased wear and tear on pipes and fixtures – problems that could require you to call a Phoenix emergency plumber. The mineral deposits in hard water can cause appliances to operate less efficiently and decrease the life of the appliance.

Hard Water Help

The good news is that there are ways to combat hard water at home.

  • Particle Filtration: Removes traces of particles in water, ranging in size from sand to clay. Particle filtration also removes well sediment.
  • Ultrafiltration: Removes unwanted taste and odor from water. Ultrafiltration also removes low concentrations of chemicals like pesticides and solvents, and can reduce the levels of radon gas and chlorine found in water.
  • Reverse Osmosis (RO): RO systems reduce dissolved solids in drinking water and chemicals associated with unwanted color and taste. It also reduces pollutants like arsenic, lead, and organic chemicals.
  • Distillation: Removes microorganisms, minerals and metals from water.
  • Water softener: Replaces calcium with magnesium ions and can remove metals, but cannot remove organic chemicals, pathogens, particles and radon gas.

Chas Roberts’ Phoenix AZ plumbers are educated and trained on these water filtration options, and are ready to help you, whether you’re in need of a Phoenix emergency plumber or ahead of the game! Schedule an appointment online at ChasRoberts.com or call (602) 943-3426.