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If your property has hard water, you will notice whitish mineral deposits, and a white film or stains on surfaces such as stainless steel, tile, porcelain, enamel, fiberglass, china, chrome, and glass. You might notice the build-up or stains on bathroom fixtures, sinks, and dishes. In addition to manganese, magnesium, and calcium, copper, brass, and iron can also be present in hard water.
Manganese stains are brownish or black in color, while water with a high iron content leaves behind deposits that look white slime or are red in color. If you notice any greenish or bluish stains around the plumbing fittings, the water has slightly acidic content in it, and it can cause erosion in copper or brass pipes.
Hard water-related problems
- While hard water doesn’t really pose any health risk, this mineral deposits buildup that it leaves behind can affect the efficiency of water heaters and water pipes
- It can also make detergents and soaps less effective.
- Clogged showerheads
- Clothes wear out fast or look dingy
- Soap curd/scum accumulates on showers, tubs, and other surfaces
- Cleaning becomes more difficult
- Permanent damage to your glass shower doors
- Damage to various plumbing fixtures
- Damage to kitchen and laundry appliances
- Streaks and spots on glasses and dishes
- Dull, lifeless hair
- Skin irritation & film
- Clogged water pipes
- Increased water heater system energy consumption
Tips to prevent hard water problems
Prevention is key to getting rid of the limescale, mineral deposits, and stains from hard water; some of the things you can do include:
- Don’t let any water dry on surfaces in the bathroom or kitchen- The mineral deposits in hard water are left behind when it evaporates; wiping the surfaces dry is one way to prevent stains. On your glass shower, doors and enclosures use a rubber squeegee and completely remove water after every shower.
- Use spray cleaners on your shower doors– If you feel you don’t want to squeegee the shower doors, spray all the surfaces with a shower cleaner post each use; this helps prevent hard water stains. You can also spray Rain-X on the glass shower doors as this prevents water from drying on their surfaces.
- Install a water softening system– This is one of the most effective ways of reducing hard water-related problems. The water softener removes all the stain-causing minerals right at the source, well before the water is distributed throughout the plumbing system.
For any more information, feel free to call Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services on 416 663 4777 or contact us through this form today! We handle all types of plumbing problems including hard water problems and provide excellent drain relining solutions as well.