Wondering what the white or green chalky deposits on your showerheads and faucets are, and why they always re-appear sometime after you have removed them? Those mineral deposits are called limescale. Besides being an eyesore, it can damage your household plumbing fixtures and pipes and fixtures.
What causes limescale to appear?
Hard water that passes through your plumbing fixtures contains minerals such as iron, magnesium, and calcium, and limescale is their natural byproduct. When it builds up around your pipe joints, on faucets, and showerheads, limescale can be extremely difficult to clean and may cause clogging.
Tips to make limescale disappear
A wet rag or sponge is not effective in removing mineral deposits. Here are some limescale elimination tips that work.
- Use an acidic solution. Acidic solutions like vinegar can dissolve limescale. Remove your faucets, showerheads, and other plumbing fixtures with limescale buildup. Soak them in a bucket full of vinegar for 1 hour or longer. Use an old toothbrush to scrub away any remaining mineral deposits on the fixtures. (If you cannot remove some of the fixtures, just soak a rag in vinegar and wrap it around the pipes, secured with rubber bands.
- Use a chemical cleaning solution. Vinegar is a mild acidic solution, so it might not work well in removing the most stubborn mineral deposits. If that is the case, use a chemical solution instead. Choose one that is created specifically for removing lime, rust, and calcium. Since the chemical solution is harsher than mild vinegar, be careful when handling it—wear rubber gloves and a face mask. Also, avoid using it on plumbing fixtures with delicate finishes.
- Install a water-softening system. This is a permanent solution to your limescale issues at home. Contact us to know the various types of water softening systems or for professional hard water testing.