If you've ever gone to clean your bathroom or kitchen fixtures and found a white substance on them, chances are this is likely limescale. While it is not pleasant to look at, it can also be damaging to your pipes as well. Once you see it building up, it is important to take action right away. Limescale occurs all over the world and is a result of hard water. Hard water can be found in about 85% of the homes in the United States. If you haven't noticed it yet, you have time to prevent it before it starts to accumulate. If you are ready to tackle it, here are some limescale removal tips to help you get rid of it and where to look for it.
Places Limescale Shows Up
Because limescale is formed in your water with the help of minerals like calcium and magnesium, you will find it on any appliance or surface that comes into contact with water. While many people may first notice it on the shower walls or on the faucets, there are other places to look. Toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers are all common places where limescale can build up.
Signs You have Hard Water
Even if you do not see the white film accumulating on your fixtures, it doesn't mean it is not in your pipes. Once it starts to deposit in your pipes, it can do major damage. This is why it is so important to look for signs that you have hard water in your home. Some signs include not being able to get your soap to lather, clogged shower heads, and chalky powder on your surfaces. Should you spot any of these signs, you need to install a water softener in your home quickly.
Getting rid of limescale once it has started to harden can be very difficult. While it can look unpleasant when it is on your fixtures, the real concern is how bad it is in your pipes. Because it can block water flow through your pipes, it can do some major damage to them causing them to crack. Hiring a licensed plumber to check out your pipes can help you determine if limescale is building up. Many plumbers have specialized cleaners and tools to help remove tough limescale deposits that have accumulated within your pipes. For appliances and surfaces, you want to purchase a specified limescale remover from your local hardware store. Cleaning your appliances consistently and installing a water softener is the best way to combat the mineral deposits.Share
16 September 2015
Hi everyone, my name is Bonita Ploursa. After living in my first home for several years, I decided the kitchen needed a drastic change. I spent the bulk of my time baking cakes, making candy and canning jam in my kitchen. However, cleanup was a nightmare due to the lack of a dishwasher. Furthermore, my sink area could only fit one small pot, which made it impossible to wash out my cookware. I hired a plumber to help route lines for a dishwasher and replace the sink. I also had my plumber install a nice garbage disposal in the sink. The process took very little time and no effort on my part. I would like to discuss this upgrade, and others like it, on my website. I will explore the various ways plumbers move pipes and install appliances throughout the kitchen.