Expensive Effects of Chlorinated Tap Water

Expensive Effects of Chlorinated Tap Water

We’re taking a behind-the-scenes look at how chlorine reacts with water-using appliances and fixtures.

If you’re already bothered by the taste and smell of chlorine in your home’s water, you might want to think about the other, sometimes hidden concerns in using chlorinated water throughout your home, too. After all, knowledge is power—and the more you know about your water, the better you can protect your home’s big investments!

Our municipal water—or “tap” water—is treated with chlorine or chloramine (chlorine with ammonia) to help make it safer. Water treatment plants use chlorine or chloramine as a disinfectant to kill bacteria and other contaminants in water before sending it through the pipes to your home. It’s a necessary step for treating water, but can lead to trouble if your home doesn’t have a system to remove that chlorine from your water before you use it.

In addition to the obnoxious smell and taste, having chlorine in your water can make your clothes fade in the wash, and lead to costly concerns involving your appliances and fixtures.

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Leaky faucets and toilets are typical results of having chlorinated tap water. The strong oxidants (i.e., chlorine and chloramine) found in municipal water can damage the rubber seals and gaskets in the expensive appliances in your home. It can even corrode things like your toilet flappers.

Your water heater, dish washer, washing machine, and even your water softener are all at risk when in contact with chlorinated water. Chlorine oxidizes the rubber parts on these appliances which makes them mushy and ruins their water tight seals. Rubber hoses and other fittings can corrode because of chlorine, and can lead to leaks that cause other costly plumbing problems, along with machine malfunctions.

Expensive Effects of Chlorinated Tap Water

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Chlorinated water puts homeowners at risk of high repair costs for all water-using appliances. Even if you already have a water softener to help eliminate the mineral buildup in the pipes in your appliances, your home is still in danger of chlorine damage. Chlorinated water reduces the effectiveness of your softener by breaking down the system’s resin bed. Obviously these issues don’t happen overnight, but in areas that require high doses of chlorine to disinfect their water, problems can happen allot sooner.

The best way to protect and prolong the lifespan of your home’s water-using appliances is to use soft water that’s chlorine-free. A whole-home system removes chlorine and other contaminants to purify your water and help protect the inner workings of your water appliances with chlorine-free tap water. With filtered water, you’re able to avoid unnecessary repairs and replacement costs and enjoy the taste of water that’s truly clean.

With nearly thirty years of experience with water softeners, reverse osmosis drinking water systems, and water treatment options, the 5 Star Water Solutions team can help you find the solution that’s best for you and your family!