Experts have said it: exposure to water can damage or ruin household fixtures, and this rule doesn’t exempt plumbing and other bathroom amenities. Plumbing fixtures throughout your home, from your toilet and sink to your water heater, are made to endure water exposure, but not all are created equal. Some ‘live’ longer compared to others. Aside from being one of the dirtiest areas of the property, it is also one that needs regular check-ups and tweaks every once in a while.
If you notice your monthly utility bills on a continuous rise, this might be because of old and outdated bathroom fixtures. In some cases, these old fixtures decrease in efficiency over time due to wear and tear. You might need to update them and do a small bathroom remodel project and spend less. Of course, many people want to know how they can get the most out of their plumbing and prolong the life of their fixtures.
The damage hard water – which has a high mineral content, specifically magnesium and calcium – does to the plumbing in a home is insidious, cumulative and devastating.
Slowly, these minerals build up through the pipes, leaving the homeowners wondering why the water pressure in the home seems a lot lower and it seems to take a longer time to wash everything. This is caused by the minerals which find their way out of the water and bind themselves together and become what is called scale or mineral deposits. Scale sticks to the interior of pipes, household appliances and other surfaces throughout the home.
Mineral deposits are the culprit which damage your pipes and plumbing fixtures. These can show up as a white film on your glasses when you take them out of the dishwasher or as a white residue on your faucets. Because minerals found in hard water are corrosive, they can damage your pipes and fixtures and clog them with buildup.
Hard water can cause:
- Clogged showerheads
- Permanent damage to glass shower doors
- Clogged water pipes
- Increased water heater energy consumption
- Damage to plumbing fixtures
So how can homeowners make sure they are not ruining their fixtures early on? One easy way of prolonging the life of your bathroom fixtures is by generally reducing the water pressure. Excessive water pressure can affect your plumbing fixtures because they are not able to handle high amounts of pressure.
If you hear clanging pipes or a banging noise often known as a water hammer, it is likely a sign of high water pressure. This way, you can delay the deterioration of your fixtures, while also taking part in water conservation. Add to that the decline in your water bill. That’s hitting three birds with a single stone.
Water heaters also contribute to the early decay of your bathroom fixtures. As a matter of fact, they are usually affected by mineral buildup and corrosion and should be flushed out annually to get rid of sediment.
Water Heater Maintenance is essential, not only for comfort but for it not to cause any additional problems in plumbing systems and bathroom fixtures. In due time, replacing your water heater is crucial before more problems or damage occurs.
Water conditioning systems is another way that can prolong the life of your pipes, faucets, water heater, and other bathroom fixtures and appliances by reducing scale buildup. These systems also help in increasing the efficiency of these fixtures, ensuring that they function at their best regardless of age.