We’ve mentioned lime scale on this site a number of times before, but we haven’t really expanded on how much of a threat the problem is to your home. Yes, lime scale in plumbing pipes is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with, but it’s not the only place you need to worry about. Read on to find out more about exactly how much damage lime scale can do to other systems.

Water Heaters

Any system that deals with large amounts of water is going to be susceptible to lime scale in one way or another. For water heaters, the biggest issue is lime scale building up on the bottom of the storage tank. The lime scale can become so thick that it actually insulates the bottom of the tank. This prevents the burner assembly from heating the water in the tank. The lime scale can be flushed, or scrubbed, out of the storage tank to restore proper operation. However, the best way to deal with this problem is to install a water treatment system. This will prevent the lime scale from forming in the first place.


Lime scale can be especially dangerous to boiler heating systems, as it builds up on the inside of the heat exchanger. This traps water in the heat exchanger for long enough that it starts to evaporate into steam. The steam buildup puts immense pressure on the heat exchanger, causing it to rumble. If the lime scale isn’t removed, the steam buildup can eventually cause the heat exchanger to rupture. A water treatment system can prevent this from happening, as well.

The Trusted Plumber provides water treatment system services of all kinds throughout Peoria, AZ. If you need water treatment services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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