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Fix the Flow: Cleaning Up Hard Water

Agua Dulce Bathtub Faucet Being CleanedHard water is a prevailing predicament for renters across the country. It involves spots and crusty buildup that can look relatively inconceivable to remove. It restricts the flow of water through faucets and showerheads, creating dilemmas with water pressure amongst other things. Some tenants refrain from tackling it, which in due course causes faucet damage and replacement. This is an excessive route, and not one we’d prescribe. Cleaning hard water buildup off a sink faucet, inside and out, is not complex, but it does take some time. Having the right amount of information and materials, it is manageable to keep the faucets in your Agua Dulce rental property running like new again.

Water that is high in calcium and other minerals, also known as hard water, can make your sink faucets feel gruesome. Calcium buildup, consistently called limescale, can also induce water flow issues. If you are going through water flow problems, the basis of your adversity is with the faucet aerator, found into 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 features get hampered with mineral deposits, the fixture will have water pressure problems, potentially bringing an uneven or erratic flow.

To fix these dilemmas, tackle cleaning your faucet’s aerator. Washing a blocked aerator is an effortless approach, but one that should be executed delicately to cease disfiguring any of the many parts that are built inside. Most aerators can be uncoupled with your hand or a pair of pliers, authorizing you to look at the faucet spout for any deposits or blockages inside. After taking the aerator apart, modestly soak the pieces in a bowl of white vinegar overnight. This will loosen the mineral buildup and let you rub off any debris. Re-assemble the aerator and replace it on the fixture, then check your water flow. You should witness a change at once.

White vinegar can even take away hard water buildup on the external shells of a sink faucet, too. It is not necessary to use expensive household cleaners if you utilize the method recommended by the professionals at Mr. Rooter. Their website has comprehensive guidance on how to clean hard water buildup on faucets, but the course is modest. 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 simpler means of this technique, you can try the plastic bag method. To wield this method, you must 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 obstacle is still there, you’ll need to clean the aerator as described above.

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