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What is hard water and can it damage my household plumbing system?

Hard water contains high amounts of minerals such as magnesium and calcium, which can cause pipe scaling, mineral buildup and damage to plumbing fixtures. Hard water also takes a toll on your clothes as they’re washed and can cause dry skin from bathing or showering. A water softener may be the answer.

Can a water softener help prevent plumbing damage?

Generally, soft water is better for your pipes. A water softener can help prevent plumbing damage by removing the excess minerals from the water. The softener works by releasing its own chemicals into the water to reduce the calcium and magnesium, making the water taste and smell better, easier on your skin and clothes, as well as protecting your water pipes.

Are there any disadvantages to having a water softener installed in my home?

Two disadvantages may be cost and maintenance. Depending on the type and size of water softener you choose, the price of the unit plus installation will vary greatly. You also must keep up with maintenance on the system.
Be aware that many water softeners use sodium (salt), so you may want to have a separate, untreated cold water supply for drinking, cooking and irrigation.

Roto-Rooter’s plumbing and drain professionals can help counteract some of the damage to your pipes due to hard water, as well as install a water softening system. If you are considering installing a water softener, read more about the pros and cons.

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