If you’ve noticed a drop in water pressure, it could be mineral buildup in your pipes! And a sudden change in water flow or new areas of standing water means that your hard water problems can’t be ignored any longer. Mineral deposits from hard water can accumulate in a home’s plumbing, drains, fixtures, and appliances.
Over time, these calcium and magnesium deposits work against your household efficiency. Even worse, they can keep you from getting the most from your water treatment! But by removing the mineral buildup in your pipes and drains, you can improve your home’s overall efficiency and make sure you’re getting the most out of your water softener or filtration system.
Natural ways to reduce mineral buildup from hard water
1. Use the naturally abrasive power of vinegar and baking soda.
Equal parts white vinegar, baking soda, and water is our favorite natural solution when it comes to fighting mineral buildup. We love that vinegar provides a safe and accessible alternative to harsh drain cleaners.
Follow the instructions:
- Boil water.
- Start by pouring ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda in the drain.
- Cover the drain with an old rag.
- Wait 5 – 15 minutes.
- Finish by pouring boiling water over the drain.
2. Unscrew your shower head to give it a good soak.
When was the last time your shower had a bath? If you’ve noticed a change in water flow, your shower head could be suffering from built-up limescale residue. Soaking your fixture every few months can help restore your shower head to its optimal performance.
Follow the instructions:
- Unscrew your shower head with a pipe wrench and pliers.*
- Soak it overnight in vinegar, giving your fixture plenty of space.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Carefully replace your cleaned shower head.
*If you don’t have any tools, fill a large Ziploc with vinegar and tie it around the shower head, securing it with tape, clips, or rubber bands. Try to submerge the shower head fixture and keep secure overnight.
3. Eliminate mineral buildup at the source with a water softener.
For a more sustainable solution to mineral buildup, think about installing a water-softening system. Water softeners eliminate hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium and prevent pesky residue.
- Think about whether you need a whole-house system or a portable exchange tank for soft water.
- Look for water softening systems with precision softening technology.
- Ask about eco-conscious ways to get soft water.
Signs of hard water and mineral buildup in pipes
- Standing water
- Uneven water flow
- Spotty dishware
- Soap scum
- Stiff laundry
- Irritated skin
- Limescale deposits on toilets, sinks, drains
Other places to watch out for mineral buildup
- Washing machine
- Coffee maker
- Shower doors
- Sink fixtures
- Shower drains
Transform your water experience with CalSoft Water
If you’re ready to transform your experience with water in your home, CalSoft Water has been waiting for you! Our experts will consider your local water quality along with your personal drinking water preferences when finding the right water treatment for you.
Don’t let stubborn limescale residue and mysterious mineral buildup hold you back in your daily routine! Say yes to water that does its job right the first time, without the need for an extra rinse. Contact us today to transform your water quality. We provide water treatment products and services throughout the Santa Maria area, including Nipomo, Grover Beach, Templeton, Avila Beach, and more!