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At first glance, dry hair and that unsightly ring around the bathtub might not seem related. In reality, they are both signs that you might have hard water in your Clearwater home. If you do have water problems, you’re not alone. Research shows that 85 percent of U.S. households have hard water.

What is Hard Water and How Does it Affect Your Tampa or Tarpon Springs, FL Home’s Plumbing System?

Hard water simply means that your water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium. The result of this mineral content is buildup on your appliances and in your pipes, which can effect the overall service life of your plumbing system. As buildup within your pipes grows, it adds strain to your pipes as they are forced to continue pushing water through a smaller space. Fortunately, there are water softening solutions that can rid your Tampa or Tarpon Springs, FL home’s water of high mineral content and protect your system from scale buildup. If you suspect your Florida home is suffering from hard water and would benefit from water softening services from the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, here are a few tell-tale signs to watch out for:

Scale Buildup: Scale buildup is the white, chalky mineral deposits that you frequently see on tea kettles or coffeepots and is a good sign that your water is hard. If the scale is on your appliances, sinks, and bathtub, then you can be assured that it’s in your pipes, too. A water softener eliminates these mineral deposits that can, over time, clog your pipes and prematurely retire your appliances.

Unusual odor or taste: Health experts say that you should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s hard to do if your water smells like rotten eggs or tastes like dirt. And you certainly don’t want your pasta to absorb foul-tasting water or your fruits to lose their shine. Depending on your water’s hardness, and their tolerance level, your family members would probably appreciate a water filtration system that takes out chlorine and other minerals and restores clean, fresh water to their daily menu.

Constant repairs needed: Although copper and PVC pipes do better with hard water than steel pipes, scale buildup can have serious consequences in all three. As the scale builds up, it reduces the pressure behind the flow, thus enabling the scale to build up even quicker. Pipe clogs lead to backups and flooding and leaks around valves in your dishwasher or washing machine.

If any of these sound familiar, you may need help from the experts. Luckily, the Benjamin Franklin team of plumbing professionals can get your system in its best shape easily and affordably, so you and your family can get back to enjoying water without the worry of damage-causing mineral content.

Why put up with stains, bad-tasting water, and repairs any longer than you have to? We will provide you with a variety of solutions catered to any home and budget, so you can rest assured that your hard water will soon be a problem of the past! Check out the water conditioning solutions we offer at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing or call us at (813) 980-3353 to discuss the benefits of water softening services for your Tampa or Tarpon Springs, FL home!  

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