You may have heard the term “hard water” before, even if you don’t know exactly what it refers to. But hard water is the reason that your water heater needs routine professional maintenance!
Why? Because hard water is water with a high level of minerals in it that turns into something called scaling, which can have a detrimental effect on the inside of your water heater tank, not to mention your whole entire plumbing system.
Scaling is a build-up of the minerals calcium, magnesium, and sometimes iron. You may see a chalky white or yellowish buildup around your faucets and drain openings–this is scaling. It’s easy enough to clean up from your sinks and bathtub, but imagine that building up inside your water heater.
Read on to learn more about this issue, and to learn just why it’s so important to have professional water heater maintenance done once a year.