Water scale is a coating that forms on areas of the shower that make contact with hard water. This hard water contains calcium or magnesium, which becomes rocklike when allowed to set. This build up can develop inside pipes and water heaters. As a result, it can clog pipes and cause a reduction in a home's water pressure. In addition, it can make a shower look grimy and dirty.
White deposits on the shower head are usually water scale. It can also look like a soap film on the shower doors or on tiles that is particularly difficult to remove. General spotting within the shower may also appear, making it clear that it is time to this build up.
To remove water scale, cleaners can enlist the help of a variety of different industrial acids, including sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, glycine acid, and barium nitrate. These cleaners help remove the build up by breaking down the deposits left on your shower. It can also be removed with the assistance of high pressure steaming, which causes the water scale to loosen and fall off.
A high pressure water jet can also help remove water scale from a shower. Care must be taken, however, when using this method. Otherwise, it can cause damage to the tiles or faucets of your shower.
It can be quite difficult to remove water scale once it has formed on the shower. In fact, it may be necessary to replace certain pieces, as a homeowner may never get them cleaned properly or it may not be possible to clean them without damaging them. Therefore, prevention is more important. In order to prevent water scale build up from occurring, homeowners should install a water softener in the home. This will remove the calcium and magnesium before it ever reaches the water pipes or shower.