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Fix the Flow: Cleaning Up Hard Water

Eagle Rock Bathtub Faucet Being CleanedHard water is a typical issue for renters across the country. It makes spots and crusty buildup appear as though it is difficult to remove it. It restricts the flow of water through faucets and showerheads, causing issues with water pressure, amongst other things. Some tenants abstain from dealing with it, which inevitably leads to faucet damage and replacement. This is an expensive alternative and not one we’d endorse. Cleaning hard water buildup on a sink faucet, inside and out, is not mind-boggling; however, it does need a bit of time. With the right information and materials, it is conceivable to get the faucets in your Eagle Rock rental property working as though it were new.

Water that is high in calcium and other minerals, known as hard water, can make your sink faucets look revolting. Calcium buildup, sometimes also known as limescale, can likewise deliver water flow issues. If you are experiencing water flow problems, the source of your concern is with the faucet aerator, in 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. At whatever point when these elements get stuck with mineral deposits, the fixture will start to have water pressure problems, possibly creating an uneven or erratic flow.

To address these issues, try cleaning your faucet’s aerator. Cleaning a blocked aerator is a simple process, however one that must be performed carefully to avoid breaking any of the many parts that are inside. Most aerators can be taken off with your hand or a pair of pliers, enabling you to monitor the faucet spout for any deposits or blockages inside. After taking the aerator apart, soak the pieces in a bowl of white vinegar overnight. This will loosen the mineral buildup and allow you to rub off any debris. Re-assemble the aerator and replace it on the fixture, then check your water flow. You should see a significant prominent change soon after.

White vinegar will work to clear-out hard water buildup on the outer surfaces of a sink faucet, too. There is no need for expensive household cleaners if you practice the method recommended by the pros at Mr. Rooter. Their site has comprehensive instructions on how to clean hard water buildup on faucets, but the process is simple. 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 a considerably less complicated variant of this strategy, you can try the plastic bag method. To apply this method, you have to fill a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar and tie it to the end of the faucet with a rubber band, guaranteeing 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 issue is still there, you’ll need to attempt cleaning the aerator as described above.

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