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How Limescale Affects Your Plumbing

Have you noticed strange discoloration on your most used plumbing fixtures? Then you may have limescale buildup. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we help property owners overcome their toughest plumbing struggles with a reliable plumbing service. This includes hard water and the issues it can create. Limescale is a common problem that plagues many households, but it’s not just a cosmetic issue, it can cause serious damage to your plumbing system. Here’s what you need to know about limescale and how it affects your plumbing.

What is Limescale and What Does It Do?

Limescale is a hard mineral deposit that forms on pipes and plumbing fixtures as they come into contact with water. It's most often composed of calcium and magnesium carbonate but can also include other minerals and metals. People with hard water will experience limescale more frequently than those with a normal water supply. The problem with limescale is that it builds up quickly, and once it has formed, it can cause serious damage to your plumbing system. Metals can be affected by the contents of limescale, and will eventually cause corrosion. It can also block the water flow on the interior of your pipes, creating backups and recurring clogs. Limescale can also cause damage to appliances like dishwashers and washing machines since they rely on water for their operation.

Understanding the Effects and Causes of Hard Water

Hard water is caused by minerals in the water, usually excess calcium, and magnesium. As the mineral content builds up on the surface of your pipes, it starts to coat them with a layer of sediment that prevents water from flowing through easily. If you have hard water, you may notice that there are deposits left behind after doing laundry or washing dishes with soap. These deposits can make clothes feel stiffer than usual or leave spots on dishes after they've been washed.

Common Areas with Limescale Buildup

Limescale buildup will occur most frequently in the following locations:

  • pipes
  • water heaters
  • dishwashers
  • sinks
  • bathroom fixtures, such as toilets and showerheads
  • irrigation systems

What Can Property Owners Do to Remove and Prevent Limescale?

For existing limescale buildup, the best way to remove it is through professional hydro-jetting services. High-powered water jets will blast through the blockages inside your pipes and allow water to flow freely again. For exterior limescale on the outside of fixtures and appliances, you can try cleaning the area with either borax paste or a baking soda and vinegar solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals as these can be dangerous and may damage your fixtures. If you want to avoid further buildup, then the best way to prevent hard water issues is to install a water softener. This will effectively remove any excessive amounts of minerals in your water supply.

Do You Need a Professional Plumbing Service for Your Home or Commercial Building?

Are you searching for a dependable local plumber that can help solve your limescale problems? Then call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air today. Whether you need a hydro jetting service or a water softener installation, our trusted plumbers are ready to help you recover from hard water. Contact our office for more details or to schedule an appointment for your next plumbing service.

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