If you live in an area with hard water, your pipes will eventually become encrusted with calcium mineral deposits if you do nothing to prevent it.
When this happens, it leads to a number of issues with your plumbing. Common problems homeowners face due to calcium buildup in their pipes include slow drainage, clogged showerheads, reduced water pressure and tepid water. If you are experiencing problems with your pipes due to hard water, here are some tips you can use to get rid of calcium buildup.
Get a Water Softener
The simplest and easiest way to deal with hard water in your home is to install a water softener. It will gradually remove the deposits over time. After six months have passed, there will be no calcium deposits left in your plumbing. You don’t need to do anything else if you follow this approach. Simply install the water softener and your hard water issues will disappear without lifting a finger.
If you are not willing to put in a water softener, the best alternate method for dealing with calcium deposits in your pipes is to flush them with an acid solution. You start this process by turning off the main water supply to your home. Once you have done this, you can use a 50/50 solution of water and a calcium remover. The acid in the calcium remover will get rid of any hard mineral deposits in your system. Be sure to flush the system thoroughly with pure water when you are done to get rid of all traces of the acid.
If you do not want to use such a harsh acid, you can try using a gentler acid like white vinegar instead. This will get the job done, but it will take longer than a commercial calcium remover that contains a stronger acid. If you chose to do the acid flush, you will also have to soak your showerheads and taps in the acid and water solution to remove the crusty calcium buildups they have.
These are the two best methods for getting rid of calcium buildup from hard water. If you want to make it easy on yourself, just install the water softener. Once you have done that, you will never have to worry about dealing with calcium buildup again.
About the author: Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. If your pipes are beyond DIY fixes, Meghan recommends calling in HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric professionals. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.