How can hard water affect the quality of your faucet?
Hard water contains abrasive minerals, such as calcium, that build up in your faucets or fixtures and can cause staining over time. When the water isn’t treated properly with a water softener, your home’s plumbing system is at risk for leaks and other severe damage.
What’s more, the staining and unsightly buildup will leave your kitchen and bathroom looking less than appealing. The first thing you will notice is the limescale, a white chalky substance developing around the faucet’s edge that is difficult to wipe off. Limescale buildup can eventually stop the normal flow of water through your faucets. Once this damage has occurred, you will need to replace the fixtures. Your Seaway technician will evaluate the problem and determine the best way to handle the issue so further problems do not develop.
When is it necessary to replace your faucet and sink?
If there is severe limescale buildup on your faucet, we will need to replace it. The minerals eventually cause internal parts to rust. Once this happens, leaks will start to occur. In many cases, replacing these parts may be more costly than replacing the entire faucet. Our technicians will help you determine the best course of action.
The sink can also become stained and damaged from the minerals in hard water. Cosmetic repairs can help hide the effects of hard water, but if the cause of the problem is not addressed, the sink can reach a point where it will need replacement as well. Damaged sinks can lead to even more costly problems if not taken care of immediately, especially if they are cracked or leaking. The surrounding areas such as cabinets, counter-tops, walls, and floors can incur damage as well.
What are easy ways to avoid plumbing leaks in the future?
Keep your water pressure at a reasonable level. If the pressure reaches 80 pounds per square inch or higher, it can cause issues with the plumbing, including leaky faucets. It is best to schedule a visit from one of our experienced technicians to test the water pressure in your home on a regular basis. Call us to learn more.
If hard water is the cause of your plumbing problems, we can help you find and install a water softener. These systems reduce the effects of hard water and leave you only clean, clear water that is safe on your plumbing fixtures.
Another effective way to avoid leaks is to schedule a routine inspection and maintenance program for your home. During maintenance, your Seaway technician will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system and look for damaged parts, broken pipes, and broken fittings. Having us detect and repair these items early will prevent future leaks as well as more costly plumber repairs later on.
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