Have you noticed a brown, white, or reddish film around your faucets or drains? This is commonly a sign of mineral buildup. Tap water often contains minerals and compounds such as calcium, magnesium, and sodium that are important for our diets but these minerals can compile in pipes and fixtures over time to dampen their effectiveness. Mineral buildup can drastically slow the flow of water in your pipes and even cool your warm water before it gets to you. Here we explore mineral buildup and how to remove it.

How to Combat Mineral Buildup

You can alleviate most mineral buildup with a quick fix, using solutions you most likely have in your home already. To remove buildup on your faucets and shower heads, combine one part white vinegar to two parts warm water and place in a plastic bag (grocery sack, gallon sized zipper bag). Secure the bag over the faucet, tie in place, and let sit for 2 to 3 hours. Be sure to only submerge the tip of the faucet so the metal above is not affected. Remove the bag, scrub and test the faucet, and repeat if needed! This solution can be used to clean the filmy ring around drains by stopping up the drain and pouring a bit of the same mixture to sit in the sink or tub.

Mineral buildup can also affect plumbing pipes, and cleaning these is not as easy. If you notice a slowed flow of water from your pipes, or if your hot water is not as hot during cooler months, contact a plumbing professional to explore the issue. Our team is on hand to help you when you need it most! Call us at (503) 680-8947.