How to Prevent White Crusty Build Up on Faucets and Showerheads

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 by Nick Koz

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Most of us do not enjoy cleaning our bathrooms and when we have hard water in our homes it makes the task even more difficult. Hard water is full of minerals like iron and calcium which stain and build up on pipes, faucets and shower heads. The more it accumulates, the harder it is to remove.


White crusty build up on faucets and shower heads can be pretty unsightly and hard to remove but there are even more costly side effects. Over time these seemingly innocent minerals can damage the finish of your sinks and fixtures. Unlike simple aerators that can be replaced, replacing an entire faucet is more time consuming to replace and you hire a plumber – then it becomes quite expensive as well.


We provide some great tips for getting rid of that icky white crusty stuff here. But, it doesn’t matter how often we clean it off, it always comes back.


The only long-term solution for preventing the white crusty mineral build up is to have a water softener installed. If you already have a water softener and are experiencing build up then it’s at the end of its life and need to be replaced.


Water softeners can easily be overlooked as an important household appliance – after all it is possible to live without one and feel as if you’re doing just fine. Let’s take a look at all the advantages of having a water softener installed in your home.


Advantages of water softener:

  • Better tasting water
  • Softer clothes
  • Cleaner dishes
  • No mineral build up
  • Increased life of major appliances

Even if you don’t care about the taste of your water, your clothes being softer, your skin and hair feeling softer – the cost advantages probably grabs your attention. Appliances continue to become more expensive with the increased features and most of us want them to last as long as possible. A sure-fire way to replace your very expensive dishwasher sooner than you should have to is to not have a water softener.


Consider the costs of NOT having a properly working water softener:

  • Reduced life of your refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and hot water heater
  • Unsightly and damaging mineral build up on fixtures
  • Mineral build up in pipes


Water softeners should be a staple in homes across St. Charles due to the hardness of the water in our area. We’re happy to provide a free water test and even test your current water softening system. Give us a call at 1-630-864-7078.


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