You’ve probably heard of “hard water” and “soft water”.
But do you know what those terms actually mean?
Rainwater that is falling from the sky is naturally “soft”.
As it makes its way through the ground and waterways, soft water can pick up minerals such as calcium and magnesium – it’s these minerals that make water “hard”.
Some people will say that hard water is better for you because of this.
However, hard water often has other junk in it that isn’t so good for you – things like lead, mercury, PCBs, and pesticides.
It can cause problems for your shower and pipes, being the cause of unsightly soap scum.
So, let’s look at some of the issues with mineral build-up from hard water, and how to handle it.
Because if you leave it too long, you may end up needing a new showerhead installation from an issue you could have otherwise controlled.
What Is Mineral Buildup Made Of?
If you have hard water, you probably also have mineral build-up.
This is the deposits of minerals that the water has collected, being left behind on your pipes, in your appliances and on your toilet bowl.
This can include dissolved magnesium, calcium and limestone.
Signs of hard water may include a strange taste or odor in your water, unsightly stains or soap scum and clogged pipes.
These deposits can cause problems for household appliances and plumbing.
Why Is Mineral Buildup A Problem?
Mineral build-up can sneak-up on you.
These deposits form over time and can cause issues such as:
● Clogged drains
● Changes in water pressure
● Blocking water flow
● Water stains
They also often show up on the end of your showerhead, leaving those unsightly white stains you may be familiar with.
Not only does this buildup look terrible, it can clog part or even all of your showerhead, leaving you barely able to work up a lather.
Luckily these stains are also very easy to clean, let’s look at how.
How To Clean Mineral Buildup From Your Shower head
Cleaning mineral deposits is easy and doesn’t require any special or expensive cleaners.
In fact, you probably already have what you need around your home.
All you need is an empty spray bottle, some white vinegar and an old toothbrush or something else you can use for scrubbing, such as SOS pads.
Once you’ve gathered everything you need, just follow these simple steps:
1) Add the vinegar to the spray bottle.
2) Generously spray vinegar on surfaces that have developed excess mineral deposits.
3) Allow the vinegar to sit on the affected surfaces for 1 hour.
4) Using the toothbrush or SOS pad, scrub the surfaces. Apply extra vinegar as required.
5) Using a dry cloth, wipe the surface down – the stains should now be removed.
6) This process may have to be repeated for particularly stubborn stains.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service
We’ve talked about how to fix the visible mineral build-up and stains that you’ve noticed in your sink and bathtub.
But minerals can build up on the inside of your pipes as well.
These aren’t as easy to clean with vinegar and a toothbrush, unless you have arms that are dozens of feet long and a centimetre around.
Not to mention vinegar could corrode the inside of your pipes.
If you’re experiencing blockages in your pipes, Triton Plumbing & Service can help.
Give us a call today to talk about solutions for mineral build-up in your pipes.