How to Remove and Prevent Limescale

rusty pipesIf you have hard water, you’re probably already familiar with the signs of limescale and the techniques to combat it. Even if you know a little about this issue, it's still a good idea to explore all of the ways that you can remove and prevent limescale from happening.

Limescale is the deposit of calcium carbonate and the result of hard water because it has a higher concentration of dissolved minerals. These deposits build up and look like a whitish crust or chalk that can occur around your plumbing fixtures and appliances such as sinks, toilets, showerheads, dishwashers, refrigerators, and more.

When limescale goes unaddressed, the damage can be expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to remove it and keep it from happening in the first place.

Removing limescale

Most people begin removing limescale by using a mildly acidic solution like vinegar that can help dissolve the minerals. Soaking showerheads and plumbing fixtures in a mixture of vinegar and water may help get rid of the unattractive buildup. If vinegar doesn't work, you can get a stronger chemical cleaner that is designed to remove lime and calcium buildup. If these don't work, you can have a plumber inspect the limescale and replace any fixtures or pipes that are beyond repair.

Preventing limescale

If you want to prevent limescale, learn more about water softening systems and descaler systems. These prevent the problem from even occurring, and are much more affordable than having to replace pipes, appliances, and plumbing fixtures in the future. A professional plumber can perform a hard water test to let you know what your best options are for removing and preventing limescale.

Call the plumbing experts at SSI today for a hard water test and to learn about our affordable options. Contact us online now or call (703) 991-0909. We are here to help!

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