Hard water and scale buildup wreak havoc in a home’s water system. Left untreated, they can damage appliances and rack up huge expenses. But installing a solution can save you thousands of dollars of repairs down the road.
How Scale Buildup Develops, and What to Do About It
Natural sources of water contain trace amounts of metals and minerals, like magnesium and calcium. But hard water contains high amounts of these substances. So, just as calcium helps create bones, hard water can lead to the buildup of scale in your water system.
While you might think scale is easy to deal with, it is not. Soap and water won’t do the trick. Soap can bond with the calcium in hard water to create even more scale. And most scale buildup is inside pipes, where it is difficult to reach.
Instead of treating scale buildup, it is wiser to prevent it in the first place. The best way to do this is with a whole-home water treatment system, also known as a water softener. The adaptation of such a treatment solution helps prevent all the adverse effects of hard water and scale buildup, including:
- Low water pressure and clogging
- Damage to water fixtures and appliances
- Higher water bills and more repairs
- Foul tasting food and drink
- Dry, rough, and faded laundry
- Spotty dishes
- Dry skin and hair
Let’s look at how scale buildup and hard water can damage you and your home.
Low Water Pressure and Clogging
There’s nothing more annoying than trying to shower with low water pressure. Scale buildup in your pipes can reduce water pressure, affecting sinks, showers, and faucets.
In the worst-case scenario, this can lead to clogged drains and pipes. While scale buildup alone might not create a clog, it narrows and obstructs pipes making it easier for food or debris to finish the job.
Damage to Water Fixtures and Appliances
Low water pressure and clogged pipes increase stress on all water fixtures. It’s a little like hardened arteries in the human body, leading to wear and tear on the circulatory system. So, for example, the tiny openings in your shower head can break, or pipes may burst or freeze in the winter.
Appliances connected to your water system are also in danger. Dishwashers and washing machines are particularly at risk because their delicate internal workings need a specific level of water pressure. At first, scale buildup might result in poor performance, but these machines can become damaged and break over time.
Like sinks and bathtubs, less complex appliances are prone to scale buildup and ugly stains when water doesn’t drain properly. While harmless, these stains are unsightly and difficult to clean. If you are considering selling your home in the future, remember that hard water-stained sinks and tubs can lower your property value.