How Hard Water Can Hurt Your Plumbing And Heating System

The conventional way of heating water is to store it in a tank, and keep it at a constant temperature by way of either electrodes or a gas flame. However, keeping water heated even when you’re not using it may seem wasteful. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, only heat water when there is a demand for it. Manufacturers claim that these new heaters can greatly save on energy costs. But, are they for everyone? Let’s take a look at both the pros and the cons.

Hard water will create a number of visual effects like scale on your kettle element and tidemarks around your bath. These are not pleasant but it is the hidden effects of scale inside pipes and portable water softener heating elements which are the biggest concern.

The price for failure is steep in two way. More than 1200 people in the US die each year from contaminated water, and failing septic systems are a leading source of waterborne disease outbreaks in the country today. In a 2000 EPA report, 31 states listed septic systems as their second greatest potential source of groundwater contamination. Septic system replacement is also very expensive, with costs often running from $5,000 to $20,000 or more. Fortunately, there are some highly effective, ineffective steps you can take to eliminate this problem. Before discussing solutions, let’s look at why septic systems fail.

We had the usual home visit from the water treatment company (you know, sign up to win a car and you get harassed by them to do an in home demonstration that shows you how awful your water is). After he showed us how hard our water was we decided it was time to investigate good housekeeping water softener reviews, but not at his prices. Sheesh. It was over $1000 plus regular visits for salt, etc. Surely there’s a better way.

When it is time to change the filter or filters for a filtration system there is a pressure release button that tells you when. Some folks may only need to change the filter once a year while others may need to change it once a month. The number of contaminates you have in your water will dictate when filters need changing.

And then, open up the water supply and permit the tank to swill out until the water that is on the exit end of the hose will run clear for a few moments and then you can turn it off.

For those with sensitive skin, installing a water softening unit is the way to go. Mineral deposits found in hard water can irritate skin that errs on the sensitive side. Hard water can cause dryness and itching for those who have normal skin. Your water quality will be enhanced and will be smoother and less harsh when your water is softer. People with all different skin types will appreciate how the soft water makes their skin look and feel.

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