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Fix the Flow: Cleaning Up Hard Water

Semmes Bathtub Faucet Being CleanedHard water is a general headache for renters across the country. It creates spots and crusty buildup that can be somewhat preposterous to remove. It restricts the flow of water through faucets and showerheads, making problems with water pressure amongst other things. Some tenants just don’t bother fixing it, which in the long run brings about faucet damage and replacement. This is a bad alternative and not one we’d encourage. Cleaning hard water buildup off a sink faucet, inside and out, is not convoluted, but it does take a little time. With the fair amount of information and materials, it is doable to get the faucets in your Semmes rental property working like new.

Water that is high in calcium and other minerals, which is also known as hard water, can make your sink faucets look disgusting. Calcium buildup, sometimes also called limescale, can also generate water flow issues. If you are living with water flow problems, the source of your conundrum is with the faucet aerator, placed within the fixture. A faucet aerator is a hollow metal cylinder that screws over the end of a faucet. Inside the aerator is a tiny screen, a rubber washer, a mixer disc, and perhaps a flow restrictor or an inner plastic housing. When these rudiments get sealed with mineral deposits, the fixture will begin to have water pressure problems, plausibly creating an uneven or erratic flow.

To restore it to its original state, try cleaning your faucet’s aerator. Filtering a blocked aerator is an honest progression, but one that must be done precisely to dodge mutilating any of the many parts that are inside. Most aerators can be disconnected with your hand or a pair of pliers, admitting you to look inside the faucet spout for any deposits or blockages. After taking the aerator apart, simply soak the pieces in a bowl of white vinegar overnight. This will discharge the mineral buildup and help you to rub off any debris. Re-assemble the aerator and replace it on the fixture, then check your water flow. You should see sizable difference right away.

White vinegar will work like wonders and eradicate hard water buildup on the external tops of a sink faucet, too. It is not required to purchase expensive household cleaners if you practice the method recommended by the specialists at Mr. Rooter. Their website has meticulous directives on how to clean hard water buildup on faucets, but the procedure is unassuming. Just soak some paper towels or strips of rags in white vinegar and wrap the base of the faucet with them. Fasten the rags to the faucet with rubber bands and let the vinegar sit for at least an hour, then scrub clean.

For an even informal form of this method, you can try the plastic bag method. To practice this method, you will need to fill a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar and tie it to the end of the faucet with a rubber band, making sure that the end of the fixture is completely covered in the vinegar. Let the faucet soak for an hour or two, and then remove the bag and scrub it clean. Then, test your water flow: if the setback is still there, you’ll require to at least try cleaning the aerator as described above.

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