What’s Happening in this Relationship?
Think about your home and the myriad of appliances, large and small, that are touched by water on a daily basis. There is the washing machine, the dishwasher, the boiler, the ice maker, garbage disposal, coffee maker, wet bar, toilet, sink, shower and tub, the faucets and fixtures, and of course, the plumbing that transports the it in through your home. They all work closely with water. Often, we don’t think about water outside of our glass or our food, but it runs much deeper, right into our appliances and the structures that feed them. What’s in your water is in your appliances and whole home.
Out of all the minerals found in hard water, calcium can form a substance called lime scale that can be quite ruthless. It causes a buildup in pipes over time. Lime scale can also be deposited inside the faucet, causing it to drip, which in turn restricts the flow. In addition to calcium, magnesium and other minerals found in hard water can cause additional serious damage to plumbing – such as erosion and holes.
All of these minerals in your water continue on through your pipes bringing deposits into your home’s appliances. Now imagine what this same buildup can do to them. Eventually, untreated hard water can cause appliances to leak, malfunction, use more energy, and shorten their life spans. How about tomorrow, imagine getting up for that piping hot, first cup of joe and hardly any water pours out. Don’t let it get to this point.
Sulfur in Your Water
Sure, sulfur can really smell when it’s in your water supply, but sulfur gas released in your water can also be very corrosive. This can lead to damage of copper plumbing, appliances and electronic devices. Tests have shown electronics that are in high-sulfur environments fail much more quickly than those that are not.
Sulfur is part of a group of elements that are “ore-forming.” This means that it can cause creep corrosion in appliances, including that new washer, causing inefficient operation, more repairs and possibly more frequent replacements, costing you more money over time.
Chlorine & Chloramine
Many municipal water treatment plants use chlorine and chloramine (chlorine with ammonia) as a disinfectant. These chemicals kill bacteria and other water contaminants before the water travels to the pipes of your home. It’s surely a necessary step, but can lead to trouble when too much gets in.
In addition to its obnoxious smell and taste, having chlorine and chloramine in your home’s water can lead to costly repairs. Leaky faucets and toilets are typical results of having chlorinated water. These strong oxidants damage the rubber seals, hoses, gaskets, and toilet flappers – making them mushy. They can even attack the rubber pieces of more expensive water-using appliances as well. Your water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine are all at risk with chlorinated water. Diving deeper, without chlorine removal, even a water softener can be damaged by breaking down the system’s resin beds. Chlorine and Chloramine in your water supply can cause major damage and major expenses.
Water & Appliances Should Get Along
The best and most efficient way to protect and prolong the lifespan of your home’s water-using appliances is to use soft, pure water that’s chlorine-free. A whole-home system removes chlorine and other contaminants from your water. It purifies your drinking water and helps protect the inner workings and parts of your water-using appliances. It can remove those pesky dissolved minerals even before the water gets into the plumbing of your home. By using such a system, you can avoid so many unnecessary repairs and appliance replacements and simply have peace of mind. This is an investment, and over time, it is one that will save you money. And you will find that your water treatment system is the most important water using appliance in your home.
Gordon Bros. Can Help
Gordon Bros. Water is celebrating 75 years in the water treatment industry. We have been a partner with Kinetico Water Treatment Systems for 50 years. We work to understand your home’s specific and unique needs. Whether it’s a drinking water filter, ad water softener or a whole-home system, we customize solutions that fit your budget. Now is the time to take your first step in having better water and appliance relations. Get your water tested for FREE. Give us a call at 800-331-7611 and one of our professionals will come out and perform an in-home water analysis. There are no obligations. You will also be provided with a FREE estimate.
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