According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about 85% of the water in the United States is considered “hard,” which means it has high mineral content. However, it leaves a white chalky residue that gradually builds up in and around pipes and on the surfaces of bathroom and kitchen fixtures. This substance is called limescale, and it can impair faucets, showerheads, drainage pipes and other plumbing fixtures if left untreated.
In today’s blog, residential plumbing contractor Calypso Plumbing Inc. shares tips on how to clean and prevent limescale building in your plumbing system.
Dealing With Limescale Buildup
The faucets in your kitchen and bathroom are one of the first places to look for hard water deposits. Daily cleaning doesn’t get rid of the buildup, and this can make your relatively new fixture look old and faded. Drape a vinegar-soaked rag on your faucet for up to an hour to loosen the deposits. Then, remove the rag and scrub the faucet with a non-scratch sponge. Repeat the procedure as needed to remove all the hard water buildup.
The same procedure can be applied to your other fixtures that are connected to your plumbing system like the toilet, sink or tub. However, consider mixing vinegar with Borax to remove the limescale buildup effectively. Be sure to use the right sponge, pad, or scrub brush when cleaning a particular fixture so you don’t scratch the surface finish.
Preventing Limescale Buildup
Prevention remains the key to minimizing the problem of limescale buildup in your home’s plumbing. Remember that hard water can evaporate and leave behind mineral deposits. As such, be sure to wipe the surface after using the kitchen sink or taking a shower. Another thing to consider is to invest in water softening equipment. Its function is to remove stain-causing minerals from the water before distributing it around your home through the plumbing system.