3 Tips To Help Prevent Scale Buildup In Your Hot Water Heater

Posted on: 1 July 2016

Having access to hot water on-demand is a luxury that many homeowners take for granted. Maintaining the health of your water heater is essential if you want to ensure continued access to the hot water your household relies on each day.

Over time, scale (a collection of mineral deposits) can begin to build up on the interior surface of your water heater's tank. This scale can weaken the structural integrity of your water heater, resulting in the need for a costly replacement. Here are three tips that you can use to help prevent scale from building up on the inside of your water heater's tank in the future.

1. Flush your water heater's tank.

Taking the time to perform a complete flush of your water heater's tank every one to three years (depending on the manufacturer's recommendations) can help eliminate the mineral particles that can contribute to the buildup of scale along your water heater tank's interior.

If you don't feel comfortable draining your water heater alone, you can always rely on the help of a skilled plumber. Regular flushing of your water heater's tank can extend the life of your equipment and ensure that you always have hot water when you need it.

2. Lower your water heater's temperature.

Many homeowners believe that increasing the operating temperature of their water heater will help eliminate contaminants. Unfortunately, minerals like calcium and magnesium are more likely to be released from their suspended state as the water temperature climbs, giving these molecules the ability to adhere to the interior wall of your water heater's tank and create scale buildup.

Keeping your water heater's thermostat set to the manufacturer's recommended temperature will help you avoid excessive scale buildup in the future.

3. Install a water softener.

If you live in an area whose water supply could be classified as hard (meaning the grains per gallon of calcium carbonate in your water supply ranges from 1.0 to more than 10.5), then your water heater is more susceptible to scale buildup.

Since hard water has a higher concentration of minerals in each gallon, there are more particles in your hot water heater that can contribute to the buildup of scale when you cycle hard water through your equipment. Having a skilled plumber install a water softener can reduce the mineral concentration of your water, effectively reducing the rate at which scale will build up on the interior wall of your water heater's tank.

Taking the steps necessary to prevent scale buildup from plaguing your water heater's tank will help you enjoy hot water on-demand well into the future. Consult a company like Buchner Bernie Inc for more information about water heater maintenance.

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