What is the White Crust Around My Shower Head?
The white crust that builds up around shower heads and faucet spouts is hard water mineral deposits.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is simply water with a high content of mineral deposits, mainly calcium and magnesium. The deposits are suspended in water and can cause buildup on various plumbing system components. The built up mineral deposits can cause failures in appliances, plumbing materials and equipment.
How To Deal With Hard Water
The most common solution to combat hard water is the use of a water softening system. Water conditioners and descalers also help reverse the negative effects of hard water.
Water softeners use an ion exchange process to trade hardness ions with soft ions. The calcium and magnesium ions are removed from the water in exchange for sodium or potassium ions. This process happens with an ion exchange resin inside the water softener system.
Water softeners help protect appliances, plumbing materials and equipment by eliminating scale build up. They reduce dry skin, hair and nails and increase performance of soaps and shampoos. Softeners can leave shower glass, plumbing fixtures and dishes spot free.
Water Conditioners & Descaling Systems
Water conditioners and descaling systems provide similar benefits of water softening systems. These systems significantly reduce or eliminate scale build up by binding hard water ions together. When the ions are bound together they do not build up on various plumbing system components. Systems typically consist of multiple stages of water treatment.
It is important to know the chemistry of your local water supply when considering any type of water treatment for your home. In most cases it is beneficial to have some kind of water treatment system installed at your home’s main water supply.
How to remove excess scale build up
Distilled white vinegar is a great home remedy to help remove excess scale buildup on shower heads, faucet sprayers and faucet spouts.
Shower heads may spray unevenly because the tiny holes have become plugged up with hard water mineral deposits. To remove these deposits you can soak the shower head in white vinegar.
Securing a plastic bag with distilled white vinegar around the shower head and leaving to soak will help break down these mineral deposits for easy cleaning. You can take an old toothbrush or sponge to scrub away the mineral deposits to allow better water flow.