Rust and Scale can Wreak Havoc on your Home’s Plumbing System

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Cleaning rust or scale can be a difficult chore

Rust and scale buildup is a common problem associated in water with a high mineral—calcium and magnesium—content. These troublesome minerals join forces to form scale or mineral deposits that wreak havoc on your household appliances and plumbing system. The scale can be very difficult to remove and when ignored, can lead to costly home repairs or additional damage.

While hard water does not pose a health risk, listed below are some of the negative impacts you could experience.

Pipes
Just and scale buildup wreaks havoc on your plumbing supply lines. Over time, scale buildup within your pipes can reduce overall household water pressure or even cause a total blockage. In addition, the scale can cause the pipes to corrode, leak and eventually rupture. Moreover, the trouble does not stop there. A ruptured water supply line can cause significant water damage to your home by ruining flooring, walls, baseboard and furniture. Should this happen, your health could also suffer as wet or damp conditions within your home promotes mold and mildew growth, a proven health hazard.

Appliances
Household appliances that use large amounts of water such as your water heater, dishwasher and washing machine are at a high risk. As hard water passes through these devices, the minerals in the water attach themselves to not only their plumbing supply lines but also the internal parts of the machines. As time passes and the buildup grows, the machines lose efficiency, use more energy and eventually experience premature failure.

Fixtures
Less severe consequences of rust and scale buildup are associated with your plumbing fixtures. The scale sticks to most any metal or porcelain object such as your bathtub, toilet, sinks and household faucets. Cleaning becomes a chore, as the scale can be difficult if not impossible to remove. Scale buildup will eventually damage the fixture’s finish leaving your fixtures looking dull or dirty.

Soaps and Detergents
Hard water reduces the efficiencies of household soaps and detergents. Since the cleaners do not lather well in hard water, folks spend more time and use more water when cleaning, doing laundry or simply taking a shower. Not only will this drive up your water bill, but also the money you spend on soap and other household cleaners.

The damage caused by hard water with rust and scale buildup happens slowly and often goes undetected until it is too late and the damage is done. An annual plumbing inspection is the best way to reduce the negative consequences of rust and scale buildup in your home’s plumbing system.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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