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If you think only significant issues like a burst pipe or a clogged drain can cause disruptions to the day, that’s not entirely true.

Sometimes, minor issues can cause big trouble - like a crack in the bathroom wall, a minor leak, and even calcium build-ups. If you live in a place where the water is hard, you will notice a small white chalk-like build-up on the faucets. And if you have been ignoring those marks for a while, it’s time to look into it.

That chalk-like mark is known as calcium build-up in the faucet. Usually, it does not pose a threat, but it is a strong indicator of how hard the water is. Moreover, water like that can harm appliances and fabrics. Hence, if you see a build-up like that, it is time to get rid of it.

If you are wondering about the best way to remove it, we are here to help. This guide we have put together shows how you can easily remove these types of build-ups.

How To Remove Calcium Build-Up On Faucets

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Why Is My Faucet Clogged?

Before we get into fixing this issue, let us go into why this happens in the first place. There are multiple reasons why a faucet may be clogged, but here are two main reasons.

1. Hard Water

The first and foremost reason is hard water. Water is classified as hard when too much calcium or minerals like iron are in it. So, when water pressure and hardness come together through the same faucet, it leaves a few sediments behind. That is the main reason there is calcium build-up in the tap.

Although hard water is not fatal, it can cause issues on the skin through prolonged exposure. Additionally, it can affect fabrics, so if the laundry looks dull even after washing, there may be a chance of the water being hard.

2. Deposits

Another reason there could be a build-up in the faucet is because of debris deposits. Since the water has too much calcium or minerals, it can cause the pipes to break down, which chips away with water pressure. In a way, this ties in with hard water because of the water's hardness.

This is especially true with copper fittings, as those tend to rust quite fast. If hard water flows through corroded copper pipes and faucets, it will lead to a massive leak and calcium build-up that only professionals can solve.

The Removal Process

Calcium build-up is nothing new to the world, and many people with hard water tend to face it. While that is unfortunate, it does allow everyone to get creative and handy!

Hence, there are four different ways you can tackle this issue.

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1. Stains

The first thing you would want to do is remove the stains caused by this build-up. After all, no one likes to look at dirty fittings, and it is even worse if a guest sees it too.

So, the first thing to do is get some white vinegar, a soft cloth, and a paper towel. Now, all you need to do is soak the soft cloth with vinegar and wrap the faucet. After letting it rest for about half an hour, the stains should break down, making it easier to clean. If needed, you can wipe off the vinegar with a paper towel.

This method is excellent for stainless steel faucets and copper-based fittings in the kitchen and bathroom.

2. Build-Up

A. Vinegar

Now, let’s move on to removing the actual build-up. Most of the time, the build-up tends to block the pressure of the faucet. It usually means the faucet’s aerator has been clogged when this happens. To clean the aerator, you will need the following materials.

  • Vinegar
  • Old toothbrush
  • Pliers
  • Container

After you have gathered all the necessary materials, take some vinegar in a bowl and place it on the side that is easily accessible. Remove the aerators using the pliers and put them into the bowl of vinegar.

Depending on how much build-up there is, the aerator needs to be soaked in vinegar. We suggest doing it overnight to make sure everything is cleaned off. If any loose particles are still hanging, you can brush them off using the old toothbrush.

B. Lemon

Another exciting method to clean the aerator is with a lemon. To go ahead with this method, you will need the following items.

  • Lemon
  • Paper towels
  • Scrubber
  • Rubber bands
  • Disposable Bag

Now, slit the lemon down the middle into two halves, and then stick your thumb into one of the halves. Cover the faucet with lemon juice once there is a bit of a gap. You can do this by sliding it all over, and after that, cover the faucet with the bag.

The lemon works the same way vinegar does, and the citric acid will break down the calcium build-up. Once it is all broken down, use the scrubber to clean up all the particles and wipe off the lemon juice using a paper towel. A damp cloth should do the trick if the lemon juice dries up.

C. Baking Soda Paste

Finally, another interesting way to remove the build-up, which requires a few more ingredients than usual, is using baking powder. Now, for this technique, you will need:

  • Baking soda (½ cup)
  • Vinegar (½ cup)
  • Olive oil
  • Cloth/paper towels

Take a tablespoon of olive oil, baking soda, and vinegar into one bowl and paste. Once it has reached a paste-like consistency, cover every inch of the faucet.

The great thing about this method is that it works pretty fast, and so, after 10 minutes, you will notice the build-up slowly breaking down. If most of the calcium build-up has gone within the first 10 minutes, all you need to do is wipe it off with a cloth or a paper towel.

Preventing Calcium Build-up

If you live somewhere where the water is hard, you cannot do much about it. However, look into installing a water softening system. These systems will help treat the water as it flows through the pipes, decreasing the possibility of build-ups.

Installing such a system can be expensive, and sometimes the house budget doesn’t allow it. In such cases, always keep bottles of vinegar and baking soda handy.

Removing Calcium Build-Ups On Your Tap

We come to the end of our guide explaining how to remove calcium build-up on faucets. We hope this has been informative and will prove helpful if you find any tap with a build-up in the coming time.

We want to reiterate that you always keep cleaning products close by for people who live near hard water as you never know when you’ll need them. You can always contact our Melbourne plumbers for any tap repairs or maintenance. We are happy to assist you!

On that note, we shall sign off. See you soon with many more exciting guides.

Until next time!

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