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Combatting Hard Water In Your Home

florida hard water plumbingHard water is a very common issue faced by many homeowners and renters who live in high sediment areas. Your water can be considered “hard” when elevated levels of dissolved minerals are present in it. Although hard water is not unhealthy for human consumption, it can damage and even ruin your plumbing. This damage can happen to your hot water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, and your other household appliances.

If you think you have hard water, here are a few solutions for combating the problem:

  1. Household Vinegar
    Placing small fixtures (like shower heads) into a bowl of hot household vinegar will dissolve the calcium deposit in about an hour. Distilled vinegar can be used to combat the white film and spot problems on your appliances and dishes. It will kill mold, bacteria, and germs as well as clean your dishes through regular wash cycles.
  2. Reduce the Temperature
    Hot water encourages calcium to build up within your water heater. Reducing the temperature of your water heater will help delay and even reduce that accumulation. It is also important to have your water heater periodically flushed to avoid having sediment clogging it up.
  3. The Right Soap
    To reduce hard water deposits on your glasses and dishes, you can use a product similar to Lime-Away. These kinds of products work to remove years of buildup, stains, and film from hard water. For soap scum that is built up through the combination of soap and hard water,  rinse with a 1:3 mixture of apple cider vinegar and filtered water should do the trick.
  4. Household Water Softeners
    The best solution to protect all of the pipes and appliances in your home over the long term solution is investing in a hig h-quality whole house water softener. There are salt-free water softeners that are environmentally friendly and remove the hardness in your home’s water without harsh chemicals or salt compound. 

What Others Say About Kost Plumbing

Thomas has done numerous jobs for me, and his work is always exceptional. He is very dependable and is willing to go out of his way to make sure the job is done right. In my opinion you could not hire a more professional or honest person.

Barbara A., Ocala, FL

I do now know where to start, your prices and plumbing expertise are exceptional. I also appreciate your deck building and carpenter skills, not to mention that outstanding kitchen remodel. With your card I do not need anybody's "List" or any "Referral Program". Keep up the good work!

Chuck F., Reddick, FL

Thank you so much for all the help and support you provided when we had that leak! I couldn't have asked for a better job or price and the fact that you got it fixed so quickly that we were able to keep up our busy schedules without hardly missing a beat was AWESOME!!! Thanks again.

John D., Citra, FL

We had Kost Plumbing come out on weeknight when we had no water and he fixed the problem THAT NIGHT! We were amazed at his great work ethic and honest prices that he will be our Plumber for Life!!

Susan J., Ocala, FL

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Much like our home’s air ducts, dryer vents are an often forgotten about the task that when ignored can cause serious fire hazards and a buildup of dust, mildew, and humidity. When lint is blown from the dryer into the dryer vent, it begins to build up and may not be adequately pushed through.