Unless you are one of those lucky Floridians who have a water softener in their home, you are probably aware of how difficult it can be to wash your clothes or how your skin feels dry and itchy after taking a shower. This is caused by hard water, and it all comes down to basic chemistry.
What is Hard Water?
Fort Myers, Florida (and most of the state of Florida) has land which contains large amounts of limestone. When rain falls, the water dissolves this limestone as it filters down, catching magnesium, calcium, and other minerals on its way, and turns into what is known as hard water.
As hard water runs through your pipes, the limescale slowly sticks to the pipe’s inner surface, building up and creating a hard crust that restricts water flow. Eventually, this can cause the water pressure to increase inside the pipes, cracking them or even causing them to burst.
Although PVC and copper pipes are not prone to having mineral buildup, steel pipes are a big issue. If you have these in your home, you need to call a professional to perform a pipe inspection service as soon as possible.
Prevention is Always the Best Way to Go
Once your pipes have mineral buildup inside them, no amount of chemical drain cleaner will be able to clean them up. The only way to remove these deposits is by hiring a professional plumbing company that has the proper tools to do this. Mineral deposits can be blasted away with a process called water jetting, which consists of using heavy-duty nozzles that send a high-pressure water stream that flushes away the obstruction.
If you notice your water pressure dropping in your home, it can mean that there is an obstruction in your pipes. Although mineral buildups are a common cause, there are many other ways a pipe can get clogged. Anything from solidified grease to tree roots can be a reason, and the best way to know exactly what is happening is by doing a video inspection.
Pipe Inspection in Fort Myers, Florida
At SPT we use top of the line technology to inspect your pipes. By inserting a small video camera into them, we can visualize a live feed of the insides of the plumbing system. This will allow us not only to see what is causing the clog but also diagnose the general condition of the pipes.
Cracks, broken pieces, and loose joints can be seen, and their exact location can be noted. This eliminates any guesswork and lets us give you an accurate diagnostic of what needs to be done to make your pipes work like new again.
A prompt video inspection can help you avoid larger damage to the pipes, but even if you haven’t noticed any problems in your home, scheduling an inspection can give you piece of mind and rule out any problems that might come up in the nearby future.
For this, and any other plumbing needs you may have, give us a call. Our professional plumbers are ready to help and can explain to you the wide range of residential and commercial services we offer.