Three Mineral Deposits In Your Water And How They Damage Your Plumbing

Having hard water means having mineral deposits in your water that can damage your plumbing. Some of the effects of these minerals are reversible as well as preventable. The three most common mineral deposits in your water and how they damage your plumbing are as follows.

Calcium

Calcium deposits are the result of some of the processes in purifying waste water and adding local ground water to the mix. The problem is that, over a very long time, the calcium deposits build up in your pipes, blocking them and making the seal between two pipes less than watertight. As the pipe connections begin to fail, you can reverse the problem by using a professional-level chemical that dissolves the calcium. Once most of the calcium deposit is dissolved, your plumber can use a wrench and unscrew the pipes to clear them of any more calcium deposits before reapplying a plumbing sealant and screwing the pipes back together really tight.

Lime

Lime is a nasty mineral deposit that has a tendency to grow and expand, pushing pipes out and away from each other until you have a major leak. Lime is slightly darker, harder and chalkier in appearance and texture than calcium, but no less damaging your plumbing than calcium is. Some similar chemicals can be used to dissolve obvious buildup or lime, otherwise your plumber may also use a sanding and grinding tool to remove it from the outer edges and connections of pipes. If the lime buildup is especially bad, it will definitely need to be ground off before you and/or your plumber soak the affected pipes in an anti-lime bath to dissolve the remaining traces.

Iron

Iron is leached from the pipes underground and from the plumbing at the water treatment facility where bleach and other chemicals cause their plumbing to flake off and send bits of iron back to your home. It can turn your water a very unpleasant color, give your water a terrible taste and scrape along the insides of your home's plumbing, dragging more bits of pipe along with it. While it is less destructive and dangerous than calcium or lime deposits, it is no less pleasant to see the damage it does to your pipes and your home's water-dependent appliances.

Prevention

Good filtration is key to restricting these mineral deposits from ruining your pipes. If at all possible, install a water softener to clean and purify your water and filter out these damaging deposits. A plumber can install a water softener for you. Click here to learn more from a go to site.


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