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Fix the Flow: Cleaning Up Hard Water

Trophy Club Bathtub Faucet Being CleanedHard water is a run of the mill issue for renters across the country. It creates spots and crusty buildup that can have all the earmarks of being practically hard to remove. It restricts the flow of water through faucets and showerheads, creating issues with water pressure, amongst other things. Some tenants refrain from managing it, which eventually leads to faucet damage and replacement. This is an expensive option, and not one we’d propose. Cleaning hard water buildup off a sink faucet, inside and out, is not complicated, but it does take a little time. With the right information and materials, it is possible to have the faucets in your Trophy Club rental property working like 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 called limescale, can similarly start water flow issues. If you are experiencing water flow problems, the root cause of your problem is with the faucet aerator, found inside 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. Right when these segments get tangled with mineral deposits, the fixture will start to have water pressure problems, possibly making an uneven or erratic flow.

To fix these issues, make an attempt at cleaning your faucet’s aerator. Cleaning a blocked aerator is an upfront process, however one that has to be completed prudently to avoid breaking any of the many parts that are inside. Most aerators can be eliminated by hand or a pair of pliers, allowing you to inspect the faucet spout for any deposits or blockages inside. As soon as you are done taking the aerator apart, simply soak the pieces in a bowl of white vinegar overnight. This will release 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 be able to observe a notable change right away.

White vinegar is effective when clearing hard water buildup on the outside surfaces of a sink faucet, too. There is no need for expensive household cleaners if you use the method recommended by the pros at Mr. Rooter. Their website has a comprehensive set of actions 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 an even simpler and less complicated version of this process, you can try the plastic bag method. To use this method, you need 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 problem is still not solved, you’ll have to try cleaning the aerator as described above.

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