If you have hard water supplied to your home, it will result in limescale in your plumbing system and appliances. It can build up enough to block pipes and cause appliances to have a shortened lifespan. There are things you can do to prevent limescale in your home.

What Is Limescale?

Limescale is made up of calcium carbonate and other minerals. When hard water evaporates, it leaves behind lumpy deposits of limescale. These deposits can build up surprisingly quickly if they aren’t removed.

Have a Water Softener Installed

A water softener prevents limescale from building up. This system uses salt to treat hard water by removing calcium carbonate and other minerals. The minerals are then flushed out of your home’s plumbing system.

Andersen Plumbing and Heating in Oswego, IL installs water softeners. Our experienced team will be sure to recommend a perfectly sized system for your home.

Use Water Filters

Water filters can also be used to prevent limescale. You install the filters on faucets and other fixtures. These filters look like a cartridge and need to be replaced when they expire.

Clean Appliances

You should clean your appliances and plumbing fixtures regularly to prevent limescale from building up. Pay special attention to where water can sit, such as sinks, bathtubs, and dishwashers. Dry these areas after use to prevent the water from drying and limescale from being left behind.


Use can use a mixture of one part vinegar to one part water to remove limescale. Put the mixture in a bottle and spray it over areas with limescale. You should let the mixture sit for 10 minutes before wiping it away. You may need to use an old toothbrush to scrape limescale away if a lot of it has built up.

Andersen Plumbing and Heating is a full-service plumbing company that does drain cleaning and provides services for sump pumps, tankless water heaters, and more. We also install, repair, and maintain heaters and air conditioners. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you.

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