Does Sacramento Have Hard Water?Does Sacramento have hard water? Yes, many homes in Sacramento do have hard water. Sacramento homeowners either draw their water from local groundwater sources or from our local rivers, which usually means the American River. Any house that draws from groundwater is all but guaranteed to have hard water in our region, while proximity to the American River often also makes a difference in water quality for other homeowners.
Yes, many homes in Sacramento do have hard water.Now, I’ve worked in homes in Sacramento for many years, and I’ve noticed the pattern on my own. Don’t just take my word, however, because we’re lucky enough to have had researchers at Sac State do an official study. What they found is that Sacramento has softer water than towns to the west and north, but harder water than the towns in the foothills. They also learned that homes on the south side of the American River tended to have softer water than those on the north side of the American River.
Why Sacramento Having Hard Water MattersNow, hard water is easy to identify because it tends to leave little spots on your glasses and plates. If that was all it did, we could probably skip this section. Those little spots are harmless, but living in a home that has hard water circulating into it for many, many years can start to cause problems for your pipes and plumbing. As a side note, I’ve suggested getting a home plumbing inspection whenever you buy a new home in the past, and I’d like to do so again now as any plumber worth his or her salt will be able to tell you if you have hard water—and suggest solutions right then and there.
…living in a home that has hard water circulating into it for many, many years can start to cause problems for your pipes and plumbing.Anyway, as the lime and mineral deposits that cause hard water continually pass through your pipes and plumbing, these deposits start to build up and can restrict the flow of water, sometimes leading to weaker showers or even clogs. Over a long period of time, mineral build-up will cause unnecessary wear and tear on your pipes or require you to get a professional drain clearing.
What Homeowners in Sacramento Should Do About Hard WaterThere is, however, a solution for homeowners who don’t want Sacramento’s hard water to damage their plumbing—which, my guess is each and every one of you reading this. My advice is to invest in a residential filtration system. These systems have many benefits including better tasting water, fewer fixture and piping repairs, and, of course, softer water. I’ve talked about dealing with hard water via a filtration system in the past, but I really think it bears repeating. Here’s one last quick rundown of the problems that stem from hard water that you can avoid:
- Pipe scaling: When hard water coats the interior of a pipe, it’s called pipe scaling. Over time, this build-up will create a reduction in water flow that can severely damage your plumbing.
- Ruined appliances: Things like countertop water filters and coffee makers will take a beating with hard water. Coffee makers are especially vulnerable to damage.
- Skin and hair: Okay, this one may not have much to do with your home, but my wife has told me time and time again that living with hard water is also bad for your hair and skin.