Tired of walking past your sink and having to stop and clean what seems like endless residue on your faucet? Are you even more tired of feeling as though you are having to do that more often than you should? Limescale is a pesky problem that can wreak havoc on your pristine kitchen and other appliances. But, have no worries because limescale is both treatable and preventable. After reading this, you can have your surfaces shining again in no time.
Limescale is a natural occurrence from water with higher concentrations of minerals like calcium, iron, or magnesium. The production of limescale does not mean that your water is unclean, but rather that it has an above-average amount of minerals in its composition, contributing to production of this whitish, hard, chalky residue on your water fixtures. This film is most commonly found on or around equipment that hold significant amounts of water, such as kettles, hot water boilers, and hot-water heating systems that are not maintained. Limescale is also referred to as hard water, which although not harmful, is still difficult to remove and not the prettiest sight to see.
Drinking the water affected by limescale is not harmful, but then again it may not be the most appetizing. The high concentration of minerals oftentimes changes the taste of the water and the texture of items washed in it. For example, clothes may be scratchier and dishes may have some rough spots as a result of being washed in hard water. Similarly, if the limescale builds up enough around faucets or showerheads, then you will oftentimes have to deal with removing clogs alongside the aesthetic impacts of limescale.
You can spend hours fervently scrubbing away at limescale, only to find yourself exhausted and with hardly anything to show for all your hard work. The mineral makeup of this unique residue makes it resilient to most basic cleaning methods. Therefore, the most effective method of removing limescale is to break it down using a mild acidic solution. Any old vinegar will work for this trick. Although it is still practical to remove the limescale on the outside of your equipment, it is best to remove the fixtures, if possible, and soak them in the solution to clean both the inside and outside. After soaking any affected equipment, the limescale should be mostly gone and the rest should be easily removeable with some scrubbing. If it is absolutely impossible to remove the fixtures, then try to soak as much of the equipment as possible to ensure that all limescale is dissolved.
If your limescale is a little more stubborn than most, you may need to get a stronger solution than vinegar. There are many chemical solutions designed for cleaning this type of pesky problem, just make sure that it is specifically designed for lime, rust, or calcium. However, if you do choose this route, be cautious when applying the solution because they are harsher than vinegar and can cause damage to both your appliances and your skin.
Although treating and removing limescale may seem like a quick fix, it is best to take precautions to prevent it from coming back. If the problem persists, then it is best to talk to a plumber about changing to a water-softening system. To test your water for the possibility of limescale or to discuss your options in terms of removing the problem, contact us at Richardson Plumbing for a quick, effective solution at a great price. We are located in Florence, Kentucky and serve the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas.