Home owners are often faced with hard water stains in faucet, shower, bath and everywhere you use hot water in a house.
Depending on the region where you live, you may be in contact with more or less calcareous water. In many states, tap water is very calcareous and has dramatic consequences on your pipes, plumbing system, and household appliances. Limescale is a generally an adherent deposit, sometimes porous, formed mainly by the calcium carbonates present in the water.
Limescale deposits cause significant costs for the rehabilitation of water pipes and heating installations and are also responsible for significant energy losses. There is many things you can read online about how to clean hard water stains. However, it's way faster and easier to fix the problem directly where it came from : the hot water tank.
What Causes Hard Water Stains?
Limestone water will deposit on faucets, sinks, shower head, toilet bowl and countertops, a white deposit (also called mineral deposit) that will give an impression of persistent dirt and promote the proliferation of bacteria. The hardness of the water is mainly caused by the presence of Calcium, Magnesium and Bicarbonate ions in the water. Limestone is ubiquitous in nature as calcite, marl, chalk, and marble. It is challenging to dissolve.
How to Reduce Hard Water Stains
Installing a Corro-Protec powered anode rod is the most affordable solution. The energy supplied by the Corro-Protec is used to destabilize the calcium molecule found within the water, which has the effect of preventing the chemical reaction that normally creates calcite. In other words, the current prevents the calcium from becoming solid (calcite) and in the same time, reduce hard water stains.
Corro-Protec has developed an impressed current anode for hot water tanks. Instead of using a sacrificial magnesium anode rod to protect the tank, the Corro-Protec anode is made from titanium and uses current to prevent corrosion.
The Corro-Protec system includes a power supply (rectifier) and a titanium anode rod. Once the rectifier is plugged into a 110V outlet, the titanium anode sends energy into the tank, which completely stops corrosion, reduce limescale and stops the rotten egg smell.
Unlike the magnesium anode rod, the Corro-Protec rod is designed to last over 20 years and doesn't require any maintenance.
There is many way you can remove hard water stains. We suggest waiting 2 weeks after the installation of the Corro-Protec anode before cleaning all your faucet to remove hard water stains (mineral buildup). This way, the Corro-Protec anode will have had time to properly treat the water and will have dislodged part of the limescale stuck on the tank walls.
To make cleaning easier, here are a step by step guide on how to easily clean hard water without using any cleaning products.
- Put on rubber gloves
- Take a spray bottle and add 50% white vinegar and 50% water.
- Spray the vinegar and water mixture on the areas to be cleaned and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Use a sponge or toothbrush to dislodge the hard water stains.
- Wipe dry with a clean towel.
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