Hard water is a common source of issues in many areas around the country. In some cases, hard water causes skin irritation. For most people, however, the problem is the limescale buildup on different things that hard water touches. If you wash utensils with hard water, for example, and you don’t wipe them dry, you might find traces of the hard water on them when they air dry. The worst victims of limescale buildup, however, are the faucets and showerhead in your bathroom.
Plumbers are quite familiar with this concern, as many homeowners would rather call them than deal with the limescale buildup on their own. If you can’t get the limescale buildup off your bathroom fixtures, it’s probably the best idea anyway to call a professional.
However, if you want to give cleaning your bathroom and kitchen fixtures a shot, here are some tips:
Removing Hard Water Deposits
- Get a clean rag and soak it in vinegar. Drape it over the faucet. Check if the rag is touching all the parts of the faucet that have limescale deposits.
- Leave the rag on the faucet for at least half an hour to an hour.
- Remove the rag.
- Use a soft sponge to scrub the faucet. Spend more time scrubbing the parts where there is more buildup.
- If it doesn’t work, repeat the steps several times or until the deposits come off.
Preventing Hard Water Deposit Buildup
Now that you’ve removed the limescale deposits, it’s time to prevent a recurrence. If you’ve tried to remove these deposits from your fixtures, tub, and others, you know it’s not a fun way to spend a weekend. This is why you should invest in a water softener. Whether you’re dealing with residential or commercial plumbing, a water softener is a worthy investment.
Ask your plumber to remove limescale deposits that you can’t get rid of on your own. In some cases, though, the only way to do this is by replacing heavily affected faucets and other fixtures. Your new fixtures will still have the same problem if you don’t do something about the hard water, however, so consider having your plumber install a water softener.