Calcium buildup is a common plumbing problem that results from a water supply that has a large amount of dissolved calcium within it. Over time, a chalky white buildup will materialize on your faucets and within your plumbing. Besides being an eyesore, this hardened calcium can actually restrict the amount of water that flows out of your faucets. Thankfully, if you do have a large amount of calcium on your faucets or iron water, you can take steps to remove it using a few household ingredients.
What You'll Need
Before you get started, gather all of the materials that you'll be using to make the process go by faster. You'll need a bucket, a cup of vinegar, lemon juice, a cup of baking soda, a toothbrush, a plastic sandwich bag, a rubber band, and clean rags. All of these things can be found at most grocery stores if you don't already have them. You'll also want to wear a pair of rubber gloves, as excessive exposure to vinegar and lemon juice can cause skin irritation.
Removing Calcium from Your Faucets
Combine a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda in the bucket, sprinkling in lemon juice, and mixing it to create a paste. The natural acidity of the vinegar and lemon juice will cut away at the calcium, while the baking soda will provide the thickness that allows you to apply the mixture effectively.
Apply the paste to your faucet and anywhere else within your sink and bathroom where calcium buildup is visible, scrubbing it into the buildup thoroughly. Let the paste sit on the area for at least an hour, and then rinse it away. This should eliminate most stains and buildup.
For large deposits of calcium that physically block your faucet, you should fill a plastic sandwich bag up with vinegar and lemon juice, and fasten it over the faucet in question with a rubber band. Let it sit overnight to dissolve the calcium effectively.
Once the bag has sat for several hours, you should also unscrew the aerator (the small piece with a filtering screen) at the end of your faucet by twisting it counter-clockwise. Scrub it with the paste mixture and the toothbrush to clear out any debris which may remain. If necessary, put it into a bowl of vinegar overnight to dissolve particularly stubborn pieces of calcium.
Once the aerator is clear, you can screw it back into place (turning clockwise) and continue using your faucet as normal.Share
26 July 2017
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