Limescale can build up in your household appliances and cause them to malfunction, use energy inefficiently, and emit unpleasant odors or noises. If you have this problem at home, there are a few ways you can do to remove the limescale from your appliances and other equipment to keep them in top condition.
This article explains how to remove limescale at home using various methods so that you can make an informed decision about which method would be best for your situation.
Besides, I’ll also share with you the best way to prevent limescale in your home.
How Limescale is Formed?
Limescale formation is due to the accumulation of hardness minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium from hard water.
Hard water is water that contains a high concentration of hardness minerals.
How to Tell If You Have Hard Water
Do you know if your water is hard or soft? Here are some simple ways to know.
White Scales or Deposits
If you notice some white scales or buildup in your bathtub, faucet, or water fixtures, chances are you have hard water.
Reduced Soap Lathering
If you find difficulty in soap lathering, then you probably have hard water as the hardness minerals will react with soap and reduce the lathering.
Bad Water Taste
Excess hardness minerals could also cause your drinking water to taste bad.
Hard Water Effects on Your Home
The main problem with hard water is it will form limescale in your pipes, water-using appliances, and water fixtures.
The accumulation of limescale could damage the electrical appliances, increase the energy bills due to reduce the energy efficiency of appliances, clog your pipes, and leave stains on your clothes.
Besides, hard water is harsh to your skin, hair, and nails, which often results in dull hair, dry and itchy skin, and weak nails.
Wondering why your skin is itchy after the shower? It is mostly due to hard water.
How to Remove Limescale at Home
Find Out Where Limescale Is Hiding
Aside from in your tub, you’ll also find limescale in coffee makers, washing machines, kettles, and taps. Your tap water is usually a good place to start when looking for signs of limescale. Look for hard-to-remove buildups around faucets. You can also check with your plumber or search online forums for advice on where else you can find it.
Once you know where it is, choose one cleaning product that will work on all areas – something like white vinegar which works wonders on most materials (especially glass). Next, grab an old toothbrush and some vinegar.
White vinegar is highly acidic but not enough to cause any damage if used sparingly. If you’re unsure about how to use something like an oil-based paint stripper safely, don’t be afraid to go slow and ask others who may have tried something similar for their tips. Make sure you avoid getting any cleaning products on clothes because they might stain them.
Drain Your Water Heater to Remove Limescale
Over time, limescale builds up in water heaters. When limescale builds up, it blocks water flow through your pipes and requires a lot of work to remove. To prevent limescale buildup from causing major plumbing issues for you, drain your water heater at least once a year. All you need is a garden hose and follow the instructions below!
Drain your water heater as part of our spring-cleaning checklist. It’s an easy way to stay on top of routine maintenance while also making sure that there are no tiny cracks in any pipes or leaks!
Start with one gallon (3.8 liters) of warm tap water, mix 1 teaspoon (5ml) white vinegar into one gallon (3.8 liters) of warm tap water then pour into your water tank or directly onto a floor heating unit.
Repeat two more times until three gallons (11L) have drained out, let sit for 10 minutes before turning on hot water faucet(s).
Use Bicarbonate Soda to Remove Limescale
Bicarbonate of soda, otherwise known as baking soda, is an effective natural home remedy for removing limescale. For best results, apply generously and scrub with a brush, paying extra attention to hard-to-reach areas like kettles, showers, and around taps. If you don’t have any bicarbonate of soda on hand – don’t worry!
Baking powder also works just as well. Unlike chemical cleaners which can irritate your skin and even leave it dry in some cases, bicarbonate soda is completely natural, so it won’t cause any damage or harm whatsoever.
What’s more, using bicarbonate of soda means you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too – it’s one less product going down our drains and into our water supply.
Even better: It will save you money too since a little goes a long way when you use baking soda for cleaning instead of store-bought products.
How to Prevent Limescale in Your Home
The best way to soften hard water and effectively prevent limescale is to use a water softener. A water softener uses ion-exchange technology to remove hardness minerals from hard water to turn it into softened water. Here are some of the best water softeners to prevent limescale.
Softened water will not form limescale on pipes, appliances, and water fixtures. Besides, it is also gentle to your skin, hair, and nails when showering.
If you prefer a saltless softening system and your water is not very hard, then you may install a salt-free water softener to solve hard water problems.
While a salt-free water softener doesn’t remove the hardness minerals, it alters their forms and renders them unable to stick on the surface to form limescale, which solves the main issue with hard water.
Conclusion: The Best Way to Treat Limescale is Prevention
Removing limescale is a temporary fix and not a long-term solution. The more effective and efficient way is to prevent limescale formation by installing a water softener.
The investment for a water softening system is worth it as it prevents you from paying even more for damaged appliances, clogged pipes, increase energy bills and medical bills for skin problems.