Hard Water and the Little Problems It Can Cause

Home Inspector with Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas

Hard Water and the Little Problems It Can Cause

As a home inspector in the Austin, Texas area I run across problems caused by hard water all the time.  Around here hard water is normally due to elevated levels of calcium in the water.  Since the Texas Hill Country is an area with heavy concentrations of limestone it is easy to understand why our water is so hard.  

Limestone is, after all, calcium carbonate or CaCO3.  All that calcium ends up in out water supply where it can wreak havoc on our plumbing pipes and our fixtures. 

The fixtures in the pictures below have heavy calcium deposits on them. 

Hard Water in TexasCalcium on Aerator

In severe cases the calcium can completely stop the flow of water.  Hopefully, before that happens the aerator screens on the faucets and the outlets on the other fixtures get a good cleaning.  Another annoying problem that occurs as a result of the calcium is erratic spray patterns.  In many cases more water ends up on you than in the sink and tub. 

Many people in the Austin area have water softeners installed.  These systems can be very effective in reducing the amount of calcium in your water.  But, it is always a good idea to have a professional install your system and verify that it is working properly.  I have seen many water softening systems that are improperly installed and maintained.

So, as a seller it is always a good idea to check each faucet and fixture before your home is inspected.  These little problems can be easily corrected and here's the bonus for you - Properly working faucets and plumbing fixtures won't end up on the buyer's inspection report! 

Thanks for checking in and have a great evening,

Andy Chaudoir - Professional Inspection Services

"Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas"

512-632-3232 - www.centexinspections.com

Comments (9)

TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

We have hard water issues too. Not too many folks are aware of these issues. Good post...

Sep 24, 2010 10:02 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Hi Andy, great post, we do not have hard water on the coast but inland we do, mostly from wells.

Sep 24, 2010 10:29 PM
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

Here in the PHoenix area we have hard water problems, and it's best to have a water softener system plus a Reverse Osmosis filtering system.

Sep 25, 2010 04:49 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Our household has discovered that soaking hand sprayers, shower heads, etc., in a solution of CLR overnight does wonders for getting rid of the hard water crud.

Sep 28, 2010 01:32 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Andy~  Thanks for the tips.  Thanks Jim for the idea of using CLR overnight.  Nice tip for our sellers!

Sep 28, 2010 01:37 PM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

It is a problem that causes damages in many places...

Thank you Andy!

Sep 29, 2010 10:13 PM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Andy we have a water softner. Weeks back we had to replace our water softner and went without for a few weeks until we could get a new one.  You coul definitely tell the difference. Once the new one was back on line we were once again enjoying "soft" water.

Oct 04, 2010 02:52 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, Andy!

Here in Eastern Pennsylvania we have hard water also.  Many homes have water softeners installed to try and prevent the build-up.  Although hard water may be good for humans, it's not for pipes and plumbing.

Thanks for sharing.


Oct 09, 2010 03:52 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Andy, I was checking to see it you have started being active on your blog here or not

Jul 14, 2013 11:28 PM