Calcium Build Up Is Clogging Your Pipes

Posted on March 28, 2018

Image shows a shower head with mineral deposits on it spraying water.

You may not know this, but the water you use to brush your teeth, take a shower, wash the dishes, and water the lawn all have traces of hard minerals, including calcium and magnesium. This is because there is an abundance of limestone in Florida.

While hard water doesn’t pose a health risk, magnesium and calcium deposits will produce limescale, a hard, off-white, chalky deposit that can be quite a nuisance. It leaves your freshly laundered clothes looking dingy, and feeling scratchy. It accumulates around the openings in the shower head and causes clogs, and can also damage glass shower doors and metal-plated plumbing fixtures.

Ignoring a limescale problem can turn a nuisance into a costly nightmare. When limescale builds up in your plumbing system, it reduces the flow of water running through the pipes. As the water flow slows down, the buildup of limescale speeds up until your water pipes are completely clogged. Once that occurs, there’s no other option but to replace the pipes.

Prevention is the key to getting rid of calcium deposits and limescale caused by hard water. Installing a water softening system will permanently resolve the matter. Of course, you’ll still need to rid your shower head, fixtures and pipes of their existing build up. Before you pour any chemicals down your drains, it’s important to know your plumbing system.

If you’re unsure about using chemicals in your plumbing system, or if calcium deposits are causing other plumbing problems, please contact us. Raider Rooter has been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable and high-quality plumbing services since 1978. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

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