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Why Does Scale Build-Up Happen in My Sink and Tub?

Scale is that white, crusty substance that builds up in your sink and tub, and on your faucets and shower head. Not only is the build-up unsightly and difficult to remove, but it can also be responsible for fixture damage and create numerous issues with your pipes and water heater.

Scale is the result of hard water. Hard water contains high levels of dissolved calcium, magnesium and other minerals, which create scale when the water comes in contact with air or is heated. These “hard water” minerals will attach themselves to your kitchen and bathroom fixtures, pipes, and appliances forming a hard layer of scale.

If you have visible scale build-up on your bathroom fixtures, imagine what the inside of your pipes might look like. Without proper maintenance of your home’s plumbing system, scale build-up can result in piping flow restrictions that can affect the function of water appliances and can cause damage that can be difficult and expensive to repair.

One indication of scale build-up in your plumbing is a decrease in water flow and pressure loss. As the amount of scale increases it becomes more and more difficult for water to flow through your pipes.

Scale can also cause an increase in your hydro bills. Your water heater will not work as efficiently and will take a longer amount of time and more energy to heat and pump water through your home.

Water Depot

Water Depot carries a range of water softeners to help combat hard water and the effects scale can have on your home. Contact your local Water Depot today to learn how a Water Treatment Expert can help you improve your home’s water quality.