Limescale is icky, there’s just no other way around it. It clogs your plumbing and creates a layer of unsightly film that’s nearly impossible to remove. If you’re dealing with a buildup issue, you’re going to want to learn how to remove limescale for sure. But first, let’s get back to basics and find out how to identify a limescale problem in the first place.
What is Limescale, Anyway?
Ah-ha! We’re glad you asked. You may be able to identify it when it appears, but do you actually know what it’s made of? If you do, we salute you, but for those of you that don’t, here’s the deal:
- Limescale or calcium buildups are the result of a high concentration of the hard water calcium and magnesium.
- When the water evaporates, whether in your pipes or on your fixtures, it leaves behind calcium carbonate deposits.
- Over time, these deposits can build on one another, creating a chalky, white or green, crust residue. (Sounds appetizing, huh?)
Where is Limescale Found?
The quick and dirty answer? Anywhere that comes into contact with hard water is fair game for limescale to build up on or in. This includes, but isn’t limited to your:
- Tub or toilet bowl
- Bathroom or kitchen faucet
- Coffee machines
- Washing machines
- And even hidden within your plumbing itself!
What Should You Do if You Have Limescale?
Before testing our any DIY tactics, we suggest calling in a water conditioning expert. That way, you can get to the bottom of your hard water issues and have your plumbing checked out as well.
You may find that you need to replace certain pipes that have fallen victim to excess buildup over the years, and that’s okay. The alternative is never knowing, and dealing with a clogged or burst pipe somewhere else down the line. We think the proactive approach has a must better outcome!
Can a Water Softener Reduce Limescale?
Next, you’ll want to figure out how to stop limescale buildup in its tracks for the future. After all, you just spent time and money on repairing and clearing out crudded up plumbing and fixtures. Don’t let your hard work go to waste! Ask your water conditioning expert how a whole house filtration system can help you banish limescale and calcium buildup more effectively.
For more information, check out our blog: Water Softener FAQs: Common Water Softening Questions Answered