Common Plumbing Problems

What to Do About Limescale

Have you noticed a white or green chalky mess on your faucets and shower heads? Do you spend way too much time trying to clean this gunk off of your fixtures? It’s probably limescale, and not only is it unsightly and annoying; the buildup can actually contribute to clogs over time.

What is limescale exactly? If your water contains a lot of minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, you have what we call “hard water”. Your water is safe to drink and use, but there are several problems it can cause. One of those annoying problems is limescale, or deposits of minerals left on your faucets, shower heads, drains, and inside pipes and appliances. The buildup can cause clogs and even damage your washing machine, dishwasher, and water heater. Plus, you’re probably sick of scrubbing at it!

Use a mildly acidic solution. A simple vinegar solution can work wonders on limescale. If you can remove fixtures and submerge them in a bucket of plain white vinegar for about an hour, the vinegar will dissolve most of the limescale. The rest should flake off easily if you scrub at it with a toothbrush or textured rag.

If removing all of your fixtures sounds like an arduous task, you could soak rags in vinegar and secure them to fixtures with a string or rubber band for about an hour or so. Another common tactic is to use a small plastic bag, filled with vinegar and tied to each faucet and shower head.

Address “hidden” damage. Of course, all of these tactics merely address the aesthetic concerns of limescale. Hard water is still leaving mineral deposits inside your pipes, and inside appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine. This buildup can cause plumbing problems and shorten the life of your appliances.

If you’re concerned about this unseen damage, consider installing a water softening system. Not only can you prevent some plumbing issues and extend the life of appliances; you will probably notice that your skin, hair, and clothes feel cleaner as well. Call us, your favorite Murrieta plumbers, for more information on water softening systems, and say goodbye to limescale and other problems for good.



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