Have ever you noticed chalky marks on your bath and shower, or a flaky gritty residue in your kettle? If you do, then you have limescale.
Don’t be dishearten as this is one of the downsides of possibly living in a hard water area and over time on the dishwasher, washing machine, kettle and pipes this can potentially damage your appliances. which will cause them not to run as effectively. The build-up on your appliances can lead to either the holes in the head closing up, or give your taps an unsightly chalky residue that’s hard to remove.
How can you prevent and remove limescale?
Start by buying products to prevent limescale, such as detergent remover for your washing machine and dishwasher, limescale remover for your toilet. These are a cost effective, environmentally friendly products that last for an approximately a year. A good idea is to buy a shower heads that have a built in system to prevent the build-up of limescale.
What if you already have a limescale problem?
There are various chemical based products on the market that can help with the removal of limescale, but there are also homemade solutions that can also tackle the problem.
A good advice is to use lemon and vinegar as they are both great for removing the limescale. What to do is, in a kettle, fill a quarter of the way with water, lemon or vinegar and then boiled the water. Once boiled, pour the lemony vinegar water substance where the trouble spots are. Make sure you rinse the kettle before using it, you don’t want your tea to taste of vinegar!
This method is just as effective for removing limescale for your washing machine and dishwasher. Simply pour in a cup of the lemony vinegar water substance where you would put detergent in the washing machine, or pour a cup in the bottom of your dishwasher. Run both on a normal cycle, the limescale should dissolve. If you find that the first cycle hasn’t removed all of the scale, simply run another cycle with a cup of your chosen liquid.
If you have limescale build up in your toilet, then grab a bottle of Coke. The coke will dissolve the limescale over night. Pour the Coke over the limescale in the toilet – half a bottle should do the trick. Simply flush the following morning and use a toilet brush to scrub away any stubborn marks.
Pipes blocked with limescale is a much bigger problem and harder to remove with homemade remedies. If you think your pipes are blocked with limescale contact Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions for advice and a free quote.