Your home’s plumbing system is responsible for a lot more than people realize. It was designed to bring water to anywhere you need it in your house. Also, your drains carry the used water away to your sewer system or septic tank. And not to be forgotten, your water heater provides on-demand hot water. While your plumbing system is an excellent feature in your home, it’s not immune to problems. One of the most common causes of plumbing problems is water quality. Read on to learn more.

Poor Water Quality and Your Plumbing

The water that comes out of your faucets and showers has quite a journey to get to you, and it may not be as pure as you think. Most tap water contains chemicals, a small amount of dirt or debris, and minerals. While it’s still safe to use, the amount of these substances in your water can make a substantial impact on your plumbing system’s ability to do its job.

Hard Water and Plumbing Clogs

If you notice white residue on your faucets and fixtures, or your glasses come out of the dishwasher with spots, you may have hard water. Hard water does more damage than just showing a messy residue. It also impacts your plumbing lines. Mineral buildup from hard water accumulates inside plumbing lines, even copper or steel lines. These buildups can eventually block the plumbing line, slowing or stopping water flow altogether. Clogs can cause leaks in water lines and mess with the water pressure in other areas of your home. They can even damage fixtures over time. Fixing clogs in water lines is not a simple job and can end up costing you a fortune.

Reduced Water Pressure

If you have any plumbing problems associated with poor water quality, you’re going to have issues with your water pressure. Plumbing line blockages can significantly reduce water pressure. This, in turn, can prevent some of your home appliances, like your dishwasher, from working correctly. Blockages can increase water pressure in certain instances as well. This can result in speeding up wear and tear on specific components of your plumbing system.

Not sure what kind of water quality you have or if it’s affecting your plumbing system? Give us a call today!