Can You Clean Hard Water Stains with Groceries?

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by
hard water stains

Have hard water? Then, you probably see hard water stains like this every day. When the hard water evaporates, the water goes away but those “hard” minerals stick around. That’s why your shower and sink are the most common habitats for hard water stains.

Softening or descaling your hard water is the only method to prevent disgusting stains like this — yet there are some options for cleaning hard water stains.

Like liquid drain cleaner, the majority of specialized, store-bought cleaners employ a powerful acid to destroy the hard water remnants. Some homeowners are looking for an alternative to using a potent chemical.

That’s why organic remedies to clean hard water stains are so popular. We put two organic remedies to the test. Check out the results — you may have to start cleaning your own bathroom like this every time.

The Target: Hard Waters Stains on the Sink and Faucet

Both the enamel sink and chrome faucet are caked in hard water stains. These household products are going to have their work cut out for them to clean these serious stains.

hard water stains

The Hard Water Cleaning Materials

vinegar to clean hard water stains.

White Vinegar

Why it’s (supposedly) effective: White vinegar contains acetic acid with a PH of approximately 2.4. That natural acid breaks down the minerals that compose hard water stains.

Why it’s safe: It is made from white wine and used commonly used in cooking. We wouldn’t recommend the taste, but it’s safe enough that you can drink it.

COla can be used to clean hard water stains.


Why it’s (allegedly) effective: Because cola contains phosphoric acid with a PH approximately 2.5. Like acetic acid, phosphoric acid breaks down the minerals in hard water.

Why it’s safe: Compared to a typical cleaner, you don’t even need to ask if it’s safe. Cola is America’s favorite soft drink, millions of people drink it every day. Also, unlike vinegar, we do recommend the taste!

Cleaning Hard Water Stains with Cola and Vinegar

cleaning hard water stains with groceries.

Step 1: Soak a toothbrush in either liquid

Step 2: Scrub the hard water stains with your toothbrush

Cleaning hard water stains with a toothbrush and safe products

Step 3: Wait a few minutes

Step 4: Wipe away your cleaner and stains with water and paper towel.

The Results:

  • Both the vinegar and cola proved equally effective.
  • Both home remedies were able to somewhat effectively clean the chrome faucet.
  • Both struggled to remove the heaviest stains from the enamel sink itself.
  • More time and effort required to clean with these healthy alternatives.

Prevent Hard Water Stains

Both vinegar and cola did a decent job, but they required a lot of effort. That’s why many homeowners are choosing to prevent hard water from ever entering their house in the first place. That means no hard water in your shower or faucet and no stains to clean.

While you can use products from your pantry to safely clean these stains, the best bet is to prevent them completely. Team with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for whole house water conditioning solutions — which will ensure you NEVER need to clean hard water stains again.

Those solutions include:

Water softeners — which neutralize the hard minerals from water.

Descalers — which prevent the hard minerals from forming the scale that forms hard water stains.

Both of these whole house water treatment solutions ensure you have the healthiest water for your home. And you can be guaranteed to never have to clean hard water stains again.

Hard Water Stains: Wrap-Up

If you’re tired of using harsh chemicals, try either vinegar or coke. The safe acid in each can break down minor hard water stains.

Or you can ensure that you never need to deal with it again by contacting Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. We offer multiple, healthy whole house water conditioning solutions.

Contact us for the water conditioning solutions to guarantee you’re done with hard water stains forever.

Sump Pump Upgrades to Protect Your Basement

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by
Finished basement. Protect it with a sump pump.

Right now, think about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING of value in your basement.

Now imagine if it was all underwater. Electronics would short out, mold would grow, and you’d be miserable. This isn’t just a hypothetical scenario. If you have a sump pump it WILL fail at some point during your lifetime.

With winter coming to an end and the rainy season about to start, you need to start thinking about ensuring your basements stays dry. Read on to learn about the three most common causes of failed sump pumps, while learning about the technological advancements that keep your basement dry.

3 Failed Sump Pump Causes

The average sump pump can remove about 2,000 gallons of water per hour. That’s about half of a modest above-ground pool. Even a few hours without crucial water pumping can cause a creek to flow through basement.

A sump pump in a basement sump.

These are the three most common reasons behind failed sump pumps:

Power Failure

If this is the case, your pump works effectively…when the electricity is on. When you rely on a sump pump, a simple power outage can mean thousands of dollars in damage.

Undersized for the Job

The amount of water you need removed from around your house’s foundation— per hour — determines your sump pump needs. DIY installation most often results in an undersized pump.
If your pump is too small to handle the amount of water, you’ll run into trouble – in more ways than one. First of all, if the demand exceeds the sump pump’s capacity, you’ll suffer from small, frequent leaks. Secondly, a small pump will work harder than the right sized one. That constant extra labor takes a toll.
Remember, all pumps will break down. An overworked one will simply fail sooner.


Sump pumps are rated to last between 3 and 20 years — a huge range. An old sump pump is at a greater risk for failure. When a sump pump gets too old, it fails, simple as that. That failure often occurs without warning, letting loose a small river. There’s no escaping this one.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Sump Pump Solutions

When Benjamin Franklin Plumbing installs your pump, you get protection from power outages and being undersized for the job at hand. While we can’t keep a sump pump alive forever, we can ensure you have plenty of warning. We offer models with these features:

replacing an old sump pump with a new sump pump.

Battery Backup

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing sump pumps come equipped with battery backups. Switching on automatically when the power is cut, you get an additional 6 to 12 hours of protection.

Combination Pumps

You’ll appreciate that our combination pumping systems features both a primary and secondary pump. The second pump kicks in only when the system detects it is necessary. All you need to know is that you’ll be covered no matter what.

Sump Pump Failure Alarm

Our sump pump’s alarm system detects a malfunction and warns you. You don’t need to be within earshot though. You’ll always be informed as our Wi-Fi enabled alarms systems can even send a report or alarm straight to your phone. If your pump is failing, give us a call ASAP.

Sump Pump: wrap-up

We promise a flooded basement is one of the very last thing you want to experience. Your sump pump fights everyday to keep that from happening.

Remember your sump pump will fail. But when you have Benjamin Franklin Plumbing install or replace your pump, you get state-of-the-art protection from all three common causes of a failed sump pump and the disaster that follows.

Contact us for protection from sump pump failure, and for all of your plumbing needs.

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