Water Scales not only look bad but they can also damage your filters,
pipes and their flow of pressure. Before trying to remove water scale,
it is helpful to understand what water scale is. Water scale is a
coating that forms on areas of the shower and taps that make contact
with hard water. This hard water contains calcium or magnesium, which
becomes rocklike when allowed to set. This rocklike build up can develop
inside pipes and water heaters too. As a result, it can clog your pipes
and cause a reduction in your water pressure. In addition, it can make
your shower look grimy and dirty.
Water scale can be seen in the shower as white deposits on the shower
head. It can also look like a soap film on the doors or on your tiles
that is particularly difficult to remove. General spotting within the
shower may also appear, making it clear that it is time to remove water
scale build up. It can be difficult to remove, without proper knowledge
especially if it is left for long periods of time between removals.
Similar build ups can also occur within pumps, which should be removed
as part of the regular maintenance.
The best method for removal is using an acid such as vinegar, by
submerging the object in an acid solution for a hour or so. This works
well with equipment like pumps, which can simply be placed in a bucket
of vinegar solution over night. The faster that you want the scale
removed the more concentrated vinegar you use. So if time isn't a real
big factor, then you can dilute it down with tap water and make the
bottle of vinegar go further.
If using vinegar doesn't remove the scale, then you need to use a
stronger acid. Hydrochloric acid is perfect for the job, as it is
readily available from a hardware store and will remove even the most
stubborn scale in a short period of time. It may also be called muric
acid. A few other agents you can use are different industrial acids,
including sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, glycine acid, and barium
nitrate. These cleaners help remove water scale by breaking down the
deposits left on your shower. A high pressure water jet can also help
remove water scale from your shower. Care must be taken, however, when
using this method to remove water scale. Otherwise, it can cause damage
to the tiles or faucets of your shower.
You can always use water filters and water softeners to soften your
water and keep it salt free in the first place and prevent yourself from
building up of scales.
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