Hard Water Plumbing Problems

Hard water, especially here in Las Vegas, can cause some serious problems in your home. One of the unseen problems that hard water can cause is damaging or reducing the effectiveness of your hot water heater. Mineral deposits are more dense than the water, which take the system longer to heat up. This is just one of the many problems hard water can cause.

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Hard water can wreak havoc on hot water heaters.

Common hard water problems include –

  • Spots on dishes, glassware and utensils
  • Mineral build-up, commonly seen on faucets sinks and tubs
  • Higher electric and gas bills, due to mineral build-up on water heater heating coils
  • Water using appliances tend not to last as long due to mineral build up
  • More soap and shampoo used because hard water doesn’t lather well
  • Clothes become stiff due to leftover minerals.
  • Dry skin because of minerals
  • Brittle hair from caused by excess minerals
  • Having to clean excessively to remove hard water stains


As you can see, there are some serious problems that can be caused by hard water, not just plumbing problems! However, the effects that hard water has on plumbing are often unseen. Typically, water as some amount of minerals like iron, calcium and lime, however if there are too many present in the water they can build up and cause problems over time. Shower heads are a good example of a place where you can see the mineral build up. Hard water can damage pipes, and you can see the effects of hard water in the greenish discoloration around a shower head or underneath a faucet.  Sometimes these build-ups can appear whitish and crusty. Either way, using harsh chemicals is a typical solution, however it doesn’t fix the underlying problem. You can also see the effects of hard water in the form of stains that appear beneath a faucet that is leaking hard water. These stains can be very hard to remove.

If your hot water heater has been damaged due to the effects of hard water, we can replace or repair hot water heaters in Las Vegas. We can also install water softeners that can dramatically decrease the hardness of your water!

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