Why Hard Water Is Bad for Your Water Heater and Plumbing

$25 Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is the leading choice for affordable plumbing, heating, and air conditioning services in our local area. Today, we will discuss why hard water and water heaters do not mix and explain what you can do to deal with this problem.

How Hard Water Can Cause Plumbing Problems

The minerals in hard water can cause problems for your gas or electric heater if you do not take steps necessary steps to control this potential plumbing problem. Lime and other dissolved minerals causes water to become “hard” and will settle at the bottom of the water heater tank. With an electric water heater, lime can build up on the heating elements. This layer of lime will grow over time and make it harder for your water heater to function properly. This can hinder energy efficiency and increase costs because of longer heating cycles.

Plumbing Tips to Deal With Limescale

As a plumbing expert, we recommend adding water heater maintenance to your regular home maintenance routine. You can remove lime buildup in your water tank by flushing it. Leave the valve that’s feeding cold water into the tank on and then connect a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the heater, then open this valve up. We recommend flushing water heaters every three months to protect from harmful hard water.

You might also be able to reduce lime buildup by controlling the amount of heat you use. Heat causes more calcium and magnesium to form solid deposits. You can try setting a temperature limit of 120 degrees only to prevent scale buildup.

You can also use chemicals to remove it; vinegar can help with cleaning your water tank. There are also water-softening systems available. For more information on preventing this problem, our plumbing experts are here to help.

Hard Solutions for Hard Water: $25 Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning

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Contact us here or call us at (909) 786-2808 to learn more about water heaters.