Have you noticed calcium building up on your faucet lately? Even when you’re cleaning your bathroom and kitchen regularly, this calcium buildup can be difficult to clean away. If you’re unfamiliar with what calcium buildup looks like, it appears white and crusty and can appear on faucets, drains, and each inside of appliances. Calcium buildup is typically the result of hard water.

If you’re experiencing calcium build up on your faucet, here’s how you can remove it and prevent it from happening in the future.

Why Does Hard Water Create Calcium Buildup?

Calcium buildup happens when water that contains dissolved calcium salts moves through your pipes and out through your faucets and showerheads. When there are high levels of dissolved calcium salts in water, it’s called hard water. In addition to calcium salts, there can be other minerals in your water and if there are high levels of iron, the calcium buildup on your faucet and showerhead can appear a rusty or yellow color.

How to Remove Calcium Buildup from Your Faucet

Calcium buildup might seem impossible to remove, but with a few household items, your faucet will be good as new before you know it!

What you’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Soft rap strips or paper towels
  • Rubber bands
  • Textured cloth or sponge

Once you have your supplies gathered, you will want to soak the rag strips (or paper towels) in the vinegar. Once they’re completely soaked, wrap the material around the areas that have calcium buildup and secure it with rubber bands. Let the area soak for an hour before removing them and wiping away the remaining build up. If you’re having difficulties wiping away the remaining buildup, use the rough side of a kitchen sponge.

How to Prevent Calcium Buildup on Your Faucets

The best way to prevent calcium buildup on your faucet is by installing a water softening system. These systems work to eliminate minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, in a home’s water supply.

To learn more about calcium build up on your faucets and showerheads, and to schedule an appointment to install a water softening system in your home, contact our team at (603) 518-5777.