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Canadian residents should be well aware that their home’s pipeline is subject to the wear and tear not only brought about by external factors such as the elements, but also by the type of water that courses through it. Indeed, there is one particular type of water that is harmful to plumbing systems anywhere: hard water.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water has a high concentration of various minerals. This type of water usually comes from rain that has accumulated and dissolved different minerals such as calcium, manganese, and magnesium carbonate as it drops from the air and into the drains. Generally, hard water is drinkable, but it can cause a multitude of problems to the piping system of one’s house, as described by a WiseGeek.com article: