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How to Banish Calcium Buildup From Your Plumbing
Calcium buildup — not only is it icky to look at on the outside, but it can cause pretty costly plumbing repairs on the inside as well. When hardness minerals crystalize and adhere to your pipes and faucets, they narrow the waterways, making it more difficult for water to flow.
Fortunately, if you’ve been noticing these hard, white and green deposits often, there are several steps you can take now to ensure you banish them from your plumbing once and for all.
Step 1: Shut off your water main, but before you do, grab a large pot and fill it with water first. You’ll need one pot of water per sink or shower drain that you plan to clear. (We suggest you do them all!) You may need to allow the DIY solution to sit for a while, so be sure you can forgo water for a bit before you begin.
Step 2: With your water reserved in pots and your water main off, it’s time to empty out those pipes. Turn on your taps completely and allow any remaining water to pour out and down your drain. You’ll want to flush your toilets as well.
Step #3: Start concocting your DIY limescale elimination solution one ingredient at a time. First pour one cup baking soda down each drain, then pour the vinegar slowly, filling it as much as you can. Keep in mind that best results take about 3 hours, so now it’s just a waiting game!
Step #4: While you wait, give your faucets and showerheads a good cleaning too. The easiest way to remove buildup is by putting your vinegar and baking soda solution in a bad and tying it around your fixtures. That way, it can sit and soak along with your pipes.
Step #5: Finally, it’s time to blast away the remnants with some boiling water. That’s where those pots you set aside earlier come into play! Pour your boiling water down each drain quickly to create a forceful wave of water. Then just clean up, turn your water valves back on and voila!
Simple.. Or is it? If that sounds like a ton of work to you, we’d have to agree. In fact, we can think of one way to banish limescale and calcium buildup with a lot less effort required. Yeah — we’re talking about a whole house water softening and filtration system. Our Kinetico water softeners will ensure that no hardness minerals are allowed to invade your pipes in the first place, making cleaning them out a thing of the past.
For more information, call 1888-741-9025 to speak with a water expert here at Aquarius Water Conditioning.