Hard Water: A Lesser-Known Cause of Clogged Drains
Since most drainages and pipes are not visible, they can easily be forgotten until problems like water backing up and causing nuisances, foul-smelling air, and water damages occur. With the potential problems that improperly maintained plumbing systems bring, many Salt Lake City homeowners strive hard to ensure that they remain clog-free.
However, a majority is not aware of the fact that water can also contribute to clogs in pipes and drainages – and it does this when the supply is hard water. The Salt Lake City Health Department reports that the local water supply has a hard water classification particularly during the summer season.
What is hard water?
According to the Water Research Center, hard water contains high amounts of dissolved minerals, particularly magnesium and calcium. It is not associated with health problems, but it can have considerable impact on many other household activities, due to the potential of mineral buildups.
What are the effects of hard water?
The primary effects of hard water are most evident in household cleaning tasks. Clothes and fabrics, even after washing, look dingy and feel harsh. Spots on eating utensils, cooking equipment, sinks, and countertops remain when using hard water to clean them. The dissolved minerals can also stick to the bottom of pots, pans, and other water-using equipment, which can lead to their reduced lifespan.
Over time, deposits also cause partial or complete blockages in pipes and drainages. Failure to remove them promptly can lead to corrosion, even in durable materials such as PVC.
How can you remove mineral deposits in pipes and drainages?
Normal causes of clogs, such as organic (food wastes, paper) and inorganic (hair, plastic, etc.) materials can often be removed through basic methods, such as proper use of household cleaning solutions. However, if the blockages have been caused by dissolved minerals in hard water, it is best that you call a drain cleaning specialist, Salt Lake City-based allhoursplumbingslc.com suggests.
Prompt removal of mineral deposits in your drainages and pipes is essential to preventing further problems, including complete blockages and premature pipe corrosion.