More than 85 percent of United States residents have hard water flowing through their homes, whether they get their water from the city or from wells. The term hard water refers to the water’s mineral content, which means the water contains a high level of calcium and magnesium, which can be a nuisance for your home. While it won’t impact your health in any way, it can leave water spots, and mineral deposits on your plumbing fixtures, dishes, and appliances.
The best way to eliminate hard water in your home is by installing a water treatment system in your home, but even once the hard water is gone from your plumbing, you’ll still have the leftover deposits to deal with.
Hard Water Stains
While the majority of us use water to clean our hair, our clothes, our cars or our dishes, unpurified and untreated water can leave your items less clean than you may have desired.
Follow these steps to rid your home of hard water stains:
Combine a mixture of one part vinegar with one part warm water in a spray bottle.
Spray the area you want to clean and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a warm rag or sponge.
Hard Water Build-Up
On your sink faucets and showerheads, you might notice a buildup of hardwater deposits. These manifest as more than just stains and are actually a build-up of all of the minerals from your water. These deposits can lead to restricted water flow or odd-tasting water.
Follow these steps to get rid of these deposits:
Soak a rag in equal parts vinegar and warm water and wrap it around the faucet. Let it soak for about 30 minutes.
Remove the rag and take a damp sponge and scrub the faucet. Repeat these steps if needed.
If this doesn’t seem to work, take ⅓ cup of vinegar and put it in a sandwich bag. Secure the bag around the opening of the faucet and hold it there with a rubber band. Let this soak for an hour and then wipe the faucet clean.
While we can’t help you clean the deposits or water stains, we can make sure you never have to deal with them again. Call Brownie’s Septic & Plumbing today to learn more about the benefits of a water treatment system!