Minerals on water, particularly magnesium and calcium, might be beneficial for your health, but the same cannot be said for your plumbing; in fact, water containing these two minerals, more known as hard water, leads to some of the most common plumbing woes at home. The effects of hard water are not only difficult to clean off your plumbing fixtures, but can also cause clogs in your pipes. In these cases, a simple do-it-yourself drain cleaning wouldn’t help, which is why seeking a reliable Saskatoon plumber is recommended.
How to Identify Hard Water
Water becomes “hard” when it contains a high concentration of multivalent cations from common sources such as calcium and magnesium. Water collects these two minerals as it flows through the ground; at times, even boiling cannot remove the water’s hardness, a condition known as permanent hardness. Usually, hardness is measured in grains of mineral per gallon (GPG), and hard water comes with a reading of 3.5 GPG or above.