how do I remove calcium buildup on faucet ?
This is the most basic question that people asking to me. But Don’t worry I will help you to solve this problem. White Vinegar is the most common method to remove calcium buildup on faucet.
Though, Based on my experience and knowledge gathered from my friend (who is an professional plumber) I will tell several methods to remove the calcium buildup on your faucet.
Before seeing how to remove calcium buildup on faucet ?
we have to know, what actually a calcium buildup is ?
Let discuss them in a detailed manner.
What is Calcium Buildup ?
- Calcium buildup is also known as limescale buildup. It basically forms from water which contains calcium minerals such as calcium carbonate and calcium bicarbonate.
- Moreover, these type of mineral containing water is called as hard water.
- In case, your home contains hard water then there is a chance of white or calcium buildup on your kitchen faucets, sink drains and other kitchen appliances as well.
- High amount of iron content will also damage your sink.
Now you may have a question that why hard water is present in my home ?
The answer is simple.
As you know, the fifth most abundant element in the earth’s crust is calcium. It exists in the form of calcium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate.
Now these minerals gets into the underground water and thereby enters your home water supply.
Further it flows into your faucet and leads to calcium buildup.
How Calcium Buildup Affects Human Body ?
- Calcium buildup in human body causes aching joints and inflammations.
- Calcific tendonitis is a disorder caused by calcium deposits in the leg, hips, as well as other joints, which can restrict movement and make your sleeping difficult.
- They may also cause havoc with plumbing fittings, limiting the flow of water and causing them to appear aged and dirty.
4 Ways to Remove Calcium Buildup!
1. How to Remove Calcium Buildup on Faucet Using Acids
It’s a lot better to remove calcium deposits from a faucet than to remove calcium buildup from the body. Calcium deposits are minerals that can be dissolved using an acid.
Any acid will work as well as you allow it sufficient time to act. Acidified solutions could be found in abundance in most homeowners’ kitchen cupboards.
Lets see how to remove the calcium buildup using acids
These powerful acids could help, yet they’re toxic, may pit metal, and may create more problems.
Other basic kitchen products, as well as some goods that may need a visit to the shop, are on the list of recommended acids you can use to remove calcium buildups.
The following items are on the list:
Vinegar (Acetic Acid)
- Insert a vinegar-soaked bag or towel around your faucet.
- Leave it on for few hours and then rinse and clean the surface.
- You may also mix a paste with vinegar and baking soda to clean calcium buildup. But this method may fail sometimes due to alkaline nature of baking soda.
Lemon (Citric Acid)
- Its something you could purchase in your local store.
- Prepare freshly squeezed lemons, but be careful not to get them in your eyes.
- Fill a spray bottle halfway with the juice.
- Lemon juice is excellent for cleaning metal, particularly faucet handles.
A lemon slice can be used to remove calcium deposits.
Citric acid can help in the dissolution of calcium buildup that have attached to chrome, brass, or copper.
Wash the sink and wipe the faucet thoroughly.
- Muriatic acid is a powerful hydrochloric acid which works well as a descaler.
- Even with its potency, this acid may dissolve major lime and calcium deposits in swimming pools and bathrooms.
- The intensity of this solvent, on the other hand, can cause harm to the eyeballs and any exposed areas.
- Whenever dealing it, it’s best to take extra care or give it to somebody who knows what they’re doing.
- Lactic acid, found in milk and milk products, dissolves calcium deposits, though the proportion is minimal.
- you can use them to clean up the calcium buildup.
Soft drinks (phosphoric acid)
- You’re definitely aware that phosphoric acid present in soft drinks can degrade nails and hence manage calcium buildup.
- Coke is a viscous liquid but effective way to clean faucets.
CLR (Calcium, Lime, and Rust Remover)
- If you want, you may purchase an appropriate commercial solution created for eliminating calcium deposits at any hardware shop.
- Because one of the most popular products, CLR, has lactic acid as one of its key constituents.
- This solution is ideal for toilets, as calcium accumulation on the waterline can cause rings.
2. How to Remove Calcium Buildup using Paste
- For those who prefer to do things quickly, you can combine vinegar with laundry detergent, flour, and talc to form a scouring paste.
- This will help you clear up dirt with little effort.
- It is not necessary to mix it with baking soda as recommended.
- If you mix baking soda with anything acidic, you get a mass of foamy cloud of carbon dioxide bubbles that doesn’t clean anything.
- Apply the paste to the affected areas using a toothbrush, and scrub until the paste is completely removed.
- Rinse periodically to monitor your progress.
- In most cases, if the scale isn’t too bad, you’re most likely to get a positive result pretty quickly.
- However, when cleaning an aged faucet that has thick deposits of white, you might have to scrub for a long time.
3. How to Remove Calcium Buildup on Faucet using Household Acids
Scale can accumulate on a faucet, which dulls the metal and since you cannot remove the layer of calcium from the faucet, the dulling seems to last forever.
However, this is not true. Just a household acid is enough to solve the problem.
- All you need to do is apply household acid to the metal.
- After some time the acid will dissolve the calcium salt around your faucet.
- Ideally, a paper towel should be soaked in your favorite natural acid such as vinegar and then rolled around the faucet for a couple of hours.
- You can also use an absorbent rag that has been soaked in vinegar.
- As a rule of thumb, if the scale is heavy, you should leave the rag on the metal for several hours to get a deep clean.
- In order to prevent the rag from drying out, make a spray bottle full of vinegar and spray the rag periodically for 30 minutes to an hour.
- However, it may take as long as a day if you use an acid that is weaker than vinegar, such as milk or tomato juice.
- Depending on how quickly it dries, you may need to re-soak the rag.
- Use vinegar for the most effective results.
- It is low cost, highly effective, fast-working, and is free from sugar which can lead to sticky mess.
4. How to Remove Calcium Buildup Inside the Faucet
There is often a visible buildup of calcium on a faucet, which is accompanied by a low water flow or a stuck handle.
This can mean that there is calcium buildup both inside and outside the faucet.
- The valve, handles, and other components of any faucet can be disassembled and soaked in vinegar or lemon juice.
- If you are ready to clean the parts (without the rubber gaskets and O-rings), fill a bowl with a mild acidic cleaner and immerse them.
- Leave as it is for a full night. By morning, they’ll look like new.
- Even if there is no visible scale on the outside of the faucet, but it still doesn’t seem to be flowing well, then clogged aerators are almost always to blame, and they are easy to repair.
- Disconnect the aerator from the faucet and try to use it again.
- You can fix this problem by soaking the aerator in vinegar or lemon juice overnight, then screwing it back on.
- When there is not a blockage in the faucet aerator, the lower flow is usually caused by a buildup of calcium inside the valve.
- This is most often seen in cartridge valves.
- Some of these aerators have very small holes that can easily become blocked, but clearing the holes is as simple as cleaning the aerator.
- You can soak the cartridge in vinegar or lemon juice overnight after disassembling the faucet.
How to Prevent Calcium Buildup on Faucet
- The buildup of calcium can also clog pipes, reduce water pressure, and even lead to the eventual replacement of the pipes.
- Water softeners are the most affordable and efficient way of preventing calcium build up and maximizing the life of the plumbing system in your home.
- In case you already have one, make sure it is maintained well in order to give you the most efficient performance.
- It is through salt and resin-exchange technology that water softeners specifically address the calcium and magnesium levels in your water.
- There is some maintenance involved with water softeners, but they provide your entire home with protection from hard water.
- It is important to have a water filtration system because the water may contain other contaminants, such as iron.
- Water filtration systems come in many forms, but they filter out a number of impurities such as iron, chlorination, fluoride, and more.
- These systems require more installation costs but are less labor-intensive once they are installed.
- If you are experiencing water problems, you should start by conducting a water test.
How to Test For Hard Water At Home
Video Guide: How to Remove Calcium Deposits From Faucets
If you’ve ever struggled with a faucet that has calcium buildup or been frustrated by faucets that aren’t working properly, we hope this blog has provided you with some helpful tips and tricks.
If your faucet is looking a little worn and you’re ready to get it fixed, we would be happy to help!
You can contact a professional plumber to discuss your unique needs and the best solutions to fit your budget.
Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day!