If you’ve lived in Arizona for any length of time without a soft water system, you know the detriment of hard water. From Chandler to Glendale, hard water eats away at your plumbing, your clothes, even the nutrients in your hair and skin. As someone who has seen the damage that hard water can leave on your home, it’s always my suggestion to have a professional install a water softener system. But, if the budget just doesn’t allow for soft water there are some things that you can do to prevent build-up.
Hard Water in Arizona
Hard water is a water that is extremely high in mineral content. Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of calcium and magnesium-containing minerals such as limestone, chalk and dolomite, according to Wikipedia.
The U.S. Department of the Interior defines water as being slightly hard when it has from 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon of calcium and magnesium bicarbonates occurring naturally in the water. In Arizona, hardness levels can exceed 20 grains per gallon, but these levels are not dangerous. After all, about 80 percent of the water in the United States is considered hard.
What homeowners don’t like is that these minerals can cause scale to build up inside plumbing and appliances. The useful life of a dishwasher and a water heater can be shortened as a result. The harder the water, the grayer the “whites” look when you do laundry. – AZCentral.com
Preventing Mineral Build-Up
You’re probably familiar with the lime scale deposits along the sides of appliances in the kitchen and bathroom and have dealt with the appearance and the plumbing side effects of these deposits. Here’s how to get rid of them:
- Grab a toothbrush, white vinegar and lemon juice. Fill a plastic bag with the white vinegar and lemon juice and cover the affected area for 24 hours. The next day, grab that toothbrush and scrub vigorously. Viola!
- For showerheads, use white vinegar and bleach along with gloves and goggles. DO NOT mix vinegar, bleach and ammonia! Remove the showerhead and place it in a plastic bag with the vinegar and bleach for 30 minutes. Remove from bag and rinse thoroughly. Reinstall and run water through the shiny showerhead for a good two minutes.
- For toilets start by shutting of the main water valve behind the toilet. Grab a brush with nylon bristles, or pumice, and some vinegar and baking soda. Add 2 cups of vinegar to the toilet bowl along with a few sprinkles of baking soda. Let sit for 15 minutes, then scrub with your nylon bristle. This should do the trick, but if not try adding lemon juice to the toilet bowl as well.
Install a Water Softener
One of the best things that you can do for the plumbing of your Chandler home is to have a water softener installed. Not only is soft water better for your plumbing, it’s better for your budget. Call today to learn more about water softeners.