Ever notice a white and crusty substance around your faucet or showerhead? That unsightly substance is typically calcium build-up. It is the result of hard water. Luckily, there is an easy solution to get rid of calcium build up so you don’t have to worry about it being a continuous issue. Keep reading to learn why it builds up, if it causes any harm and how you can fix it!
Why does calcium build up in my pipes?
We mentioned hard water before and if you are unfamiliar with the term, it means the water has higher mineral content. The most common place to have hard water is from well water but it can be found in some cities too. Some of those minerals in hard water, such as calcium salts, often accumulate in pipes, drains and appliances.
Does calcium build-up harm my plumbing?
If you allow calcium to accumulate in your pipes and drains, it can lead to severe clogs and damage to plumbing fixtures and equipment. This build-up can cause more serious plumbing issues in the future. Along with clogs and damages, there are more indirect issues such as skin irritation or difficulty cleaning clothes.
How can I fix calcium buildup?
Cleaning your faucets and showerheads is only a short-term fix to calcium buildup. There are two ways to prevent calcium build-up so it no longer is an issue in your household.
Install a water treatment system
Water softeners connect to the water supply as it enters the home. It helps remove hard minerals to create a better water balance. Sometimes a water softener needs help removing larger amounts of iron and when this happens another water treatment system may be recommended called an iron filter. There are other water conditions that may require additional sanitation or filtration. The best practice is to contact us and let us test your water to be sure what system is needed for good water to your home!
Replace metal pipes
Calcium loves metals such as copper or galvanized steel. Switching over to PEX pipes will help your plumbing be more resistant to the effects of hard water and the minerals inside it.
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