Many homeowners here in Albuquerque have been dealing with hard water problems for years. That’s because Albuquerque hard water levels are higher than in most cities in the United States.
In this blog, we’ll review the dangers of hard water to your home, and why you should call Wagner to learn more about our water softeners.
Hard water is prevalent in Albuquerque
Hard water is water that contains a greater proportion of minerals than standard surface water. This typically happens when drinking water is retrieved from underground aquifers—as the water moves between rock for years in massive underground lakes, it scrapes off minerals and sediment, making it harder.
The Albuquerque Water Utility Authority states that most of the water in the metro area is considered between “moderately hard” and “hard.”
Different zones in the city have different water sources, and, therefore, different water hardness levels. Follow the link below to learn what zone your home is in:
What can hard water do?
Hard water is safe to drink and bathe in, although some people either like or dislike the taste. It will leave cosmetic damage on your faucets and fixtures in the form of water stains or calcium deposits.
Damages your plumbing
However, the main problem with hard water is that, over time, it can cause damage to your appliances and start to clog your home’s plumbing, choking out water and leading to the need for major repiping work.
If your home is more than 20 years old, there’s a risk that years of hard water moving through your pipes has started the process of scale buildup. As the minerals leech out of hard water, some of them stick to the interior walls of your pipe. Over days, weeks, months, years, and decades, this builds up into a layer of buildup that clogs the pipe.
Damages your appliances
Of course, hard water’s negative impact isn’t just limited to your pipes. Any fixture, faucet, or appliance—including your dishwasher, water heater, and washing machine—can be negatively impacted by hard water moving through it and scaling building up inside feeder lines and internal pipes.
How can scaling be prevented?
By softening your water, you can prevent the addition of more minerals to any existing scale buildup. Wagner offers whole-home water treatment services right here in Albuquerque that can do just that.
Our expert plumbers can install a water softener that will remove “hardness” from your water, thereby protecting your pipes and appliances.