The quality of your tap water depends on many factors, such as the source of your water, how your water is disinfected, the condition of your area’s water delivery pipes, or the location of your well.
Unfortunately, just like many other homeowners, you may be dealing with hard water— which can, over time, cause many problems to your plumbing system, increase your water bills, and even negatively affect your skin.
If you’re dealing with hard water in your home, here’s why installing a water treatment system may be necessary:
Water softeners and water treatment systems save you money by extending the lifespan of your plumbing system and prolonging the life of your appliances. According to the Water Quality Association, homeowners who install a water softener system on average save $1,000 per year.
Scale Buildup on Appliances
There are many ways to tell if you have hard water in your home, and one of the first signs would be seeing scale or lime scale on your tea kettle, dishwasher or washing machine, or see stains on your sinks and bathtubs.
Plumbing System Needs Constant Repairs
Excess mineral deposits from hard water will damage all pipes, especially those made of steel, leaving the plumbing system ineffective and in need of continuous repair.
With time, hard water reduces the flow of water in your plumbing, and this can require costly repairs, so it’s wise to be proactive before hard water problems force you to spend thousands of dollars on repairs and replacement.
Clogged Faucets and Shower heads
High levels of calcium and magnesium lead to lime scale buildup that results in low water pressure, clogged pipes, faucets, and shower heads.
Gray and Faded Fabrics
Your clothes and bed linen are graying, dull, or feel rough and scratchy; using a liquid water softening detergent may only have limited effect on hard water.
Dry Skin and Hair
Hard water dries your skin and makes it leathery; it can also block pores, causing blackheads and inflammation. Extra magnesium and calcium in your tap water make your hair and scalp dry and often itchy; extra minerals get deposited on your skin, and since soap doesn’t dissolve properly in hard water, it cannot wash them away.
Water Bill Seems Really High
If you notice that your bill goes up, it can mean that your plumbing system has to work extra hard to let flow through, causing your water usage to go up. The higher the level of water hardness, the higher your water bill will be—and the more reason you should install a water softener.
Another telltale sign that you have hard water and would benefit from water treatment is when your water smells bad and/or tastes bad. You can get test kits to analyze your water and determine how hard it is.
At UGI Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, our team of trained and experienced technicians has the experience necessary to repair or replace everything from your water heater to your water treatment system. Our expert HVAC technician will take a complimentary water sample and provide a full report on the condition of your home’s water.
Contact us to learn all about the quality of your water, our top-of-the-line water system installation, maintenance, and repair solutions.
To make an appointment today with a leading HVAC company to get started with choosing the best water treatment system or water softener that is right for your home needs, budget, and environment in Lehigh Valley PA, Harrisburg PA, Lancaster PA, Reading PA, call: 1-877-844-4822.