Hard water with high mineral contents is a frequent plumbing issue that often requires professional water treatment. Here are a few tell-tale signs you’re dealing with hard water and could benefit from the installation of a water conditioning system. 

4 Ways Hard Water Affects Your Plumbing

1. Poor Water Pressure

Plumbing systems with hard water often experience a buildup of calcium and magnesium deposits inside pipes. This can disrupt the normal distribution of fluids, resulting in poor water pressure or restricted flow coming from your showerhead, sink, dishwasher, or washing machine. When left unattended, this buildup can worsen, causing on-going plumbing clogs and drainage issues. 

2. Limescale & Water Spots

Naples-PlumbingOne of the most obvious signs of hard water is white spots and stains on your faucet and sink countertop. You may also notice spots on glassware, utensils, and dishes after they’ve been washed.

High levels of the minerals calcium and magnesium in your pipes can also create crust-like limescale in bathtubs and around drains. Other surfaces with frequent water contact, like water heaters, can also experience this buildup. 

3. Strange Taste or Odor to Your Water

Your tap water should be flavorless, odorless, and safe for consumption. If you notice a rotten egg smell, there may be too much hydrogen sulfide gas in your system.

A metallic taste could also indicate an excessive amount of iron that should be addressed. While it’s not particularly harmful to your health, food or drink made with iron-laden water will take on the metallic taste, affecting how it looks, tastes, and smells.

4. Skin Irritation & Laundry Problems

Your skin is frequently exposed to water when bathing, washing your hands, or going about your daily face cleansing routine. It’s common to experience dry or itchy skin, clogged pores, and dry or brittle hair when your water contains high mineral contents. The abrasive nature of hard water can cause fabrics to fade or appear dingy after being run through the washing machine. 


If you’ve noticed any negative signs of hard water, the plumbing experts at Valley Mechanical in Naples, NY, can provide your home with effective water conditioning systems. Since 1999, this family-oriented water treatment and HVAC company has served residential clients throughout Yates, Ontario, and Steuben counties with professionalism and care. To discuss your plumbing needs, call (585) 374-6866. For more information on their flat rates and financing options, visit their website.