Do your faucets seem like they are dirty every day? Is there a white or green chalky coating appearing on them no matter how many times you clean the same spot? Your problem might be the result of limescale. Limescale is the term used to describe mineral deposits that coat plumbing fixtures (and actually do damage on the inside as well). How can you prevent limescale from affecting your plumbing fixtures?
What Causes Limescale?
Limescale occurs naturally on plumbing fixtures thanks to clean water that has higher-than-normal concentrations of minerals. These minerals, like calcium, magnesium, and iron, all create the substance known as hard water. While hard water is perfectly safe for drinking, washing your clothes with, and washing your dishes safe, some people notice the taste and enjoy better quality water. Still need a reason to protect your plumbing fixtures from limescale? The limescale build-up can actually create clogs in your fixtures and pipes over time!
How Can You Get Rid of Limescale?
Because limescale is made from so many minerals, it can be very difficult to scrub away with traditional cleaning materials. The best way to clean off limescale from your plumbing fixtures is to weaken it using an acidic solution. Are your plumbing fixtures detachable, like showerheads or faucets? Soak them in a bucket filled with vinegar for an hour. Use an old toothbrush to scrub off anything that remains. If you can’t simply remove the plumbing fixtures that you need to remove limescale from, tie a plastic bag filled with vinegar around the affected area and let it do its job.
How Can You Prevent Limescale from Damaging Your Plumbing Fixtures?
If limescale has been a long-term problem at your home, it might be time to invest in a water softening system. These water systems are designed to mix sodium-based solutions with water as it enters your home to balance out the minerals in the water. A water softening system won’t just help you get a better lather in the shower, it will also help to protect your pipes for many more years.
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Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.