Does Scaling Affect Your Home's Water Heater?

Does Scaling Affect Your Home's Water Heater?

“Hard water” is a condition that affects the water supplies of many people in the country. And while it may sound ominous, it’s not really a concern for your overall health. Some people do notice that it dulls their hair or dries their skin, but it’s such a common issue that these things might not really be noticeable at all.

However, something you should be concerned about is what hard water can leave behind. Hard water means it’s got some minerals in it—like calcium and magnesium—which might get left behind in appliances, on dishes, in faucets and fixtures, and in the pipes. And these mineral deposits, also known as “scaling,” are what cause a problem.

You want to hold onto plumbing components as long as you can

Your washing machine, dishwasher, kitchen faucet, showerhead, and even your piping can all be affected by hard water. The effects may be slow, but one day the mineral deposits hard water leaves behind can clog up your appliances and make you replace them prematurely.

One of the appliances most at risk for damage from scaling is the water heater. Scale in a water heater has a major effect on the way it performs. It can eventually cause the bottom of the tank to corrode, leading to a leak that results in a major cleanup and unexpected replacement.

How to tell your water heater is at risk

When there are too many minerals in a water heater tank, you will likely hear about it. Your water heater might make a loud booming or banging noise, indicating that a layer of sediment at the bottom of the tank causes steam bubbles to rise through forcibly.

You can also look for other signs of hard water around the home, like water spots on dishes, excessive soap scum, or white mineral deposits around drains and faucets. Keep in mind that hard water can affect tankless water heaters as well, often beginning as a reduction in temperatures.

Potential solutions to water heater scaling

If scaling affects your water heater, it’s a good idea to schedule routine maintenance visits so that a technician can flush the appliance and let the majority of the minerals drain. But if it’s a big problem in your home, you should also look into purchasing a water softener to protect all of your appliances and your pipes.

For more information, or to schedule water softener installation or water heater services in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, call Allstar Plumbing today!


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