Hard Water Encourages Scale
Prevention is key to avoiding lime scale buildup in your plumbing and water heater.
If the water in your Maryland home contains high concentrations of calcium and magnesium, minerals that create “hard” water, the best action you can take is to treat it.
Uncertain about its mineral makeup? Get professional help. Our pros at Mid-Atlantic Water Services can test your water, identify its acidity, hardness, and mineral content, and recommend the best way to treat it. We install water softeners, sediment filtration, and purification systems, such as reverse osmosis systems, that improve water quality no matter if its source is a well or public supply.
We can recommend a water softening system for your Annapolis home that will lessen the effect of high mineral content.
Scale And Hard Water
Scale, a typical symptom of untreated hard water, is easy to detect. Have you noticed white deposits on your fixtures and shower doors? Do they inhabit your tea kettle and make marks on eating utensils and glassware?
While these chalky, sometimes crusty, scale deposits leave visible marks on kitchenware and bathroom accessories, you can be sure they also are accumulating unseen inside your water heater and appliances. That scale buildup can interfere with your water heater, eventually damaging it.
Water Heater Damage
A study by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) found that using hard water with water heaters lessened efficiency by up to 48 percent. The organization also noted that scale buildup shortened the service life of heating elements, causing the water heater components to fail after 1.6 years .
At Mid-Atlantic Water Services, our expert technicians can assist you with water heater repairs and replacement but would prefer to help you avoid scale buildup and heater failure by treating your water.
More Hard Water Clues
Here are some other indicators that your Annapolis home has hard water:
- Soap, detergent, and shampoo do not lather well.
- You need to use more detergent to clean your clothing. The fabric may look dingy after washing and feel scratchy or rough.
- Soap scum forms on bathtubs and in showers.
- Your skin feels dry after showering.
- Frequent clogs and low water pressure may point to scale buildup in your plumbing.
Treating Hard Water
A high-efficiency ion-exchange water softeners can eliminate scale deposits and soap scum, improve soap lathering, and stop limescale buildup that would shorten appliance and water heater service life.
Water softeners use an ion exchange resin to change calcium and magnesium ions to sodium or potassium ions that do not create limescale buildup. The systems typically include one resin tank and one brine tank that holds the salt or potassium solution. The salt solution helps restore the resin beads after they become coated with calcium and magnesium ions.
Let Us Eliminate Scale
Avert scale buildup on fixtures, appliances, and the water heater at your Annapolis, MD, home by installing a water softening system. Our qualified pros at Mid-Atlantic Water Services are dedicated to finding the best water treatment options for your household. Call us at (443) 808-0420 or request service online.