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Old 09-14-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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Calcium/Lime deposit in shower & faucet


Hi,

We have 3 bathrooms in the house. In the Master bathroom, on a bi-weekly basis, I have to unscrew the showerhead and faucet to find white deposits on the screens to clean them out to restore water pressure.


However, this does not occur in the other 2 bathrooms or anywhere else in the house. I drained my water heater (2 years old) too.

Any ideas?
Thanks for the help in advance.

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Old 09-14-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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If the deposits feel like solid particles between you finger tips, then they're probably disintegrated pieces of the water heater plastic dip tube that carries the water to the bottom of the tank (replace the dip tube).
If they feel soft, then they are most likely just calcium deposits from the water, which can be simply disolved with vinegar.
The fact that these deposits are just going into the usually-first-place-in-the-morning that has water flowing to it is not unusual.
You just need to take care of it.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:43 AM   #3
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Mike,
I will check for the particles are solid or not. However, if they are not, how do I dissolve the calcium deposits with vinegar from my water supply?

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How hard is your water and do you need a water softener?
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already have a water softener....could that be a problem?
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The particles may be calcium and that's one of the hard water minerals that are supposed to be removed by a softener. However, I have a 2-year-old $2,200 system, and I still have a bit of it.
Instead of removing the showerhead or the faucet aerator, you can just tape or "rubber band" a ziplock plastic bag with vinegar on it overnight to dissolve the minerals and then just run water to flush it out.
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My showerhead has a hose. The particles get stuck on the screen inside the hose that connects showerhead, not the showerhead itself.
Same thing for faucet
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A softener that allows hardness through it is undersized for the peak demand gpm the house uses versus the constant SFR (service flow rating) gpm of the volume of resin in the tank.

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