If you live in a hard water area, you may be dealing with limescale. Although there are other issues related to limescale, common problems include furring, descaling, scum. Limescale can affect the cleanliness of your water, as well as the overall condition of your plumbing system.


Steve’s Plumbing & Heating may be able to help you with the removal of limescale in your pipes. We offer complete plumbing cleaning service for residential properties in Wisconsin Rapids and Central Wisconsin.


Call us today for drain maintenance and plumbing repair.

What is Limescale?

Limescale is the chalky off-white crust that lurks inside your kettle and boiler and stains your surfaces. Limescale is a deposit of calcium carbonate and a residue left behind by hard water.


If left untreated, limescale can accumulate and cause numerous problem in your plumbing system. A professional plumber will need to clean out the limescale and restore your plumbing back to normal.


Limescale is visible in some places. It may be hidden and hard to see in other areas.

What is Hard Water?

The leading cause of limescale is hard water. Not all areas around Central Wisconsin have hard water. Residents who live in hard water areas, however, know what it is and are exposed to it every day.


Hard water is water contains a higher concentration of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium.  When the water evaporates, it leaves behind calcium carbonate deposits. The deposits build up on a wide range of surfaces and can accumulate quickly.

Areas Where Hard Water and limescale Exist

When hard water enters your plumbing system, limescale accumulation starts to develop almost immediately. When a Steve’s Plumbing & Heating technician visits your home, we look for limescale in the following areas:


●        Toilet

●        Taps

●        Bathroom tiles

●        Sink

●        Shower

●        Pipes


●        Coffee machine

●        Washing machines

●        Dishwashers

●        Taps

●        Tiles

●        Pots and Pans

Problems That Limescale Can Cause

Although it is not always possible to link limescale and associated problems, we can determine if you have hard water in your home and then take it from there. No matter what is causing the limescale, our priority is to flush it out of your system.


The reason we need to clean the limescale is that it can cause problems in your home. Associated issues include:


●        Blockage. Limescale covers taps, sinks, and hard surfaces with a chalky, white substance. If you neglect the problem, it will eventually clog pipes, drains, and fixtures.

●        Contamination. If you discover chalky-white flakes floating in your tea, coffee, or other water-based drinks, there is limescale in your plumbing. If the water is contaminated, it is no longer potable.

●        Damage. Limescale can invade your washing machine, dishwasher, heating elements, pipes, and machines or plumbing components. It can affect machine performance or corrode parts. It can also eat through pipes and cause drips and leaks.


How to Handle Limescale Deposits

If you discover limescale in your plumbing, we can help.


A Steve’s Plumbing & Heating specialist can come to your home and inspect your entire plumbing system. We will clean out the pipes and remove all deposits. We can get rid of any build-up and restore your plumbing system.


From there we can make recommendations on how to keep limescale from building up in your system. Although you have hard water, you can prevent limescale from accumulating.

Professional Plumbing Repair in Wisconsin Rapids

If your plumbing system is suffering from limescale build-up, contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. We offer plumbing repair and drain maintenance.


To schedule a plumbing inspection or cleaning, call us at 715-421-1800, or you can message us on our contact page.