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If you or someone you know has hard water, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of plumbing problems. One of the most common and potentially most aggravating symptoms of hard water is a decrease in water pressure. When minerals that make water categorized as “hard” collect, they can form blockages that affect the flow and direction of water — thereby affecting water pressure.
How to Handle Calcium Buildup at Home
The professional plumbers at Moe Plumbing Services collected these tips to help you fight back against calcium buildup at home:
What does calcium buildup look like?
Limescale typically presents as a hard, crusty, or flaky white substance. You may have seen it caked around the spouts on your showerhead or covering the underside of a faucet.
Common Causes of Calcium Buildup
Hard water is the most common cause of calcium buildup. Hard water is defined as water with higher concentrates of naturally occurring minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, among others. If not cared for properly, these minerals will build up inside pipes and plumbing fixtures and block the flow of water completely.
How to Prevent Calcium Buildup
The best offense is a good defense. The adage may get its start in sports but remains true for many areas in life: Including our plumbing problems. The best way to solve a problem with calcium buildup is to prevent the minerals from building up in the first place.
Be sure to flush your water heater tank at least once per year to avoid buildup inside your tank. You can also install a whole-home water filtration system or water softener to remove minerals from your water at the source. If you’re already struggling with problems resulting from buildup, contact Moe Plumbing Services at (818) 396-8002 and schedule an appointment today.