When you have hard water, it is almost certain to cause problems with your plumbing. Without a water softener your plumbing in Sugar Land will require routine maintenance, such as flushing the water heater, cleaning aerator screens on faucets, and shower head cleaning. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg in Sugar Land can provide the expert plumbing services you need.
The build-up of hard water in a shower head can cause it to clog, reducing the water flow. Cleaning the shower head is a task homeowners can provide without calling a plumber in Sugar Land.
Distilled white vinegar is a natural product for effectively removing hard water build up on shower heads, toilets, and other surfaces. However, always test the surface in an inconspicuous area to ensure the vinegar will not mar the finish.
Instructions for cleaning the shower head are as follows:
The Removable Shower Head
A removable shower head simply unscrews. If you have difficulty and a wrench or other tool must be used, a thick microfiber cloth or other protective material between the tool and the shower head will prevent damage to the finish.
Submerge the shower head for several hours in room temperature vinegar. You may repeat as necessary until the hardened sediment loosens. A soft brush can be used to remove any residue. Don not heat vinegar, as any plastic parts inside the shower head can be damaged, including the aerator. Once the build up is removed, inspect the holes where the water exits. If there are any remaining deposits after soaking, clear the holes with a straightened paper clip or dental pick. Rinse the shower head, and dry.
If the removal of your shower head exposed the threads on the pipe, apply a few layers of Teflon tape clockwise on the pipe, and screw the shower head back on. Inspect for leaks, and repeat with new Teflon tape if necessary.
Non-removable Shower Heads
If your shower head is not removable, use a heavy duty leak free bag containing enough vinegar to cover the shower head. Heavy duty rubber bands will secure the bag to the shower head, allowing it to soak until lime scale loosens. Ensure the vinegar covers all areas with lime scale. Brush off remaining residue with a soft brush. Lemon juice can obtain the same results as vinegar.
Removing Build Up from the Toilet Bowl
Though there are commercial products for removal of build up available, vinegar or lemon juice will remove mineral build up in the toilet. Wearing gloves, use toilet tissue thoroughly saturated in either vinegar or lemon juice. Carefully apply up under the rim pressing gently in place to dissolve mineral build-up. Shorter pieces will stay in place better. In addition, an overnight soak works the best for extremely heavy deposits.
Plunge out as much water as possible from the bowl, and pour room temperature vinegar into it to loosen lime scale in the bowl. Allow to soak for several hours or until loose. Do not pour hot vinegar into the toilet bowl, as cracking can occur.
After cleaning is complete, you can scrub with a soft brush to remove the residue. A natural pumice stone will remove stubborn deposits. However, use it gently to prevent scratching of the porcelain.
An alternative to a DIY cleaning is to schedule a plumber in Sugar Land to provide professional toilet cleaning service for you for removal of hard water build up. Routine removal is recommended, as over time build up will affect flushing by blocking ports within the toilet. A professional cleaning by a plumber in Sugar Land will provide an intensive cleaning that a homeowner is unable to provide.
The installation of a water softener will eliminate the problems caused by hard water in your plumbing in Sugar Land. Contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg in Sugar Land for the professional installation of a water softener.
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