Take a look at your faucets and the area where they meet the sink. Do you notice any white or gray mineral deposits? Examine your shower head for the same deposits. If you do notice this residue, which is often known as limescale, it's important not to ignore it. Mineral deposits on faucets are one of the first signs of hard water, which can lead to other issues if left unaddressed. Here's how to handle your hard water problem, along with some tips for removing the nasty deposits from your fixtures.
Handling Hard Water
It's very important not to ignore hard water or just continue to let it run through your pipes. Hard water is, by definition, water that contains a greater concentration of dissolved minerals. Over time, these minerals start settling out of the water and forming scale not only on your faucets and fixtures, but also inside your pipes. If the scale grows serious enough, you'll need to have your pipes replaced. Mineral deposits inside water-using appliances, like your washer and coffee maker, can also cause the appliances to fail prematurely.
To fix your hard water problem, arrange to have a plumber, such as Roto-Rooter Sewer & Drain Cleaning Service, install a water softener in your home. This is a device that filters the extra calcium and magnesium out of your water as it enters your home. It attaches to your main water intake pipe. All you'll have to do is change the filter (also known as the salt exchanger) every few months.
Wait to remove the limescale from your faucets until the water softener has been installed. Otherwise, additional deposits may form in the meantime, forcing you to repeat the process.
While you can buy limescale remover at the store, a simpler solution is to soak a rag in vinegar, and then lay the moist rag over the mineral deposits on your faucet. Let it sit there for a day, and then lift it off. The limescale should now wipe away easily with a damp cloth.
If you have limescale on your shower head, fill a ziplock bag with vinegar and rubber band it around the shower head. Let it sit in the bag of vinegar for a day before scrubbing it clean.
Never just ignore mineral deposits on your faucet, as they are a sign of a larger problem with hard water. Follow the tips above, and you'll have a lot fewer issues with your plumbing going forward.