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How to Remove Scale

Posted on 12/9/2009 by

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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