Crusted calcium deposits appear in areas of hard water. It is a sign of lime build-up, but the good news is you can remove it and even prevent it. Here are some simple tips to help remove the crusted calcium on your faucet aerator and stop it occurring in the future.
Getting Into the Aerator
You'll need to get into the aerator before you can clean it. Start by twisting the small faucet off, so you can access to the filter screen. This is your aerator, and you'll be able to visibly see the calcium deposits.
Cleaning the Deposits
Use a toothbrush to get rid of any already loose particles. Then rinse it off with water to see if there are any stubborn particles within the filter.
Place your aerator into a bowl of vinegar. You'll only need it in for an hour or so to soften the deposits. You can then scrub it clean, again with a toothbrush to get into the filter, and then replace the aerator on the faucet .
Don't Forget the Faucet
Start by using soapy water and a rag to get rid of the initial build-up from your kitchen faucet. Don't forget about the underside, where your hard water will drip. You'll also need to remove the deposits from your base.
You can then use a water mixture with lemon juice. The citric acid will dissolve the calcium build-up and is suitable for the majority of faucets. Just rinse with lukewarm water afterwards to avoid the citric acid becoming stagnant and wearing away the material. Vinegar is an excellent option for those stubborn stains.
If you're really struggling with the smaller sections in the faucet, due to the location, you can pour some vinegar in a bag and tie it around the faucet. Allow the faucet to soak in the vinegar and then use a toothbrush to remove the deposits.
Preventing the Deposits Coming Back
The only way to prevent the crusted calcium collecting in the aerator again is by using a whole house particulate filter. This will catch the deposits before they enter your home plumbing system, protecting your aerator and appliances.
This won't completely get rid of the problem, and some deposits will be so small that they get through. You'll also need to maintain your particulate filter. It will help to limit the issue.
Looking after your home means maintaining your faucet aerator, especially if you live in a hard water area. Calcium build-up happens naturally, and the best thing to do is remove and maintain it regularly.
For more information, or if you feel you cannot do this alone, contact a professional plumber to help you.Share
27 July 2016
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