You have heard about hard water and how damaging it can be. But, maybe you do not actually know what the impact of hard water actually is on your day-to-day life, and the life/efficiency of your home’s appliances. If you are finding that your washing machine or dishwasher are struggling to keep up and there is scaling on all of your appliances and your pipes, you can be sure that you have a hard water issue at home.
While it may just seem like a cosmetic issue that means you need to clean a little more often, the truth is a lot worse. Hard water can cause a lot of damage to your pipes, taps, and your appliances. Here are some of the negative effects of hard water on appliances.
Washing Machines and Dishwashers
Hard water can cause a lot of scaling inside these machines, which can result in drastically reduced efficiency overtime. A result of this diminished efficiency is the machine consuming more power while doing a worse job, which can drastically cut the life expectancy of these expensive machines. A water softener would not only help prolong the life of these machines, it will also help you reduce the amount of detergent you need to use, and the power they require to run!
The scales that build up thanks to hard water can cut the life expectancy of your water heater down drastically. Water heaters have a typical lifespan of 13 years, but with a large amount of scale buildup, your heater could last only about half the time, and use a lot more energy to work properly.
Faucets, Toilets, Pipes
Not exactly appliances, but the damage done to toilets and faucets by hard water can lead to water bills being a lot higher than they need to be. Hard water can cause scaling of faucets and toilets that can seriously limit the flow of water through the system causing clogs, build up of debris, and in the worst-case, burst pipes!
This post was written by Kristian D’An, owner and water expert at Eco Water Solutions of Florida. Eco Water Solutions is one of the best Tampa water softeners companies. They offer whole home water solutions such as softeners, whole home water filtration systems, and reverse osmosis systems. Their focus is to provide Floridians with safe and clean water throughout the home.