How to loosen plumbing fixtures that are frozen due to hard water?

Robert Thoms
by Robert Thoms
I have a faucet that needs repair but it extremely difficult to loosen because of mineral build up from the hard water in my area.
  4 answers
  • I suggest you soak rags in vinegar or spray some vinegar and let it sit for a while to loosen the calcium. It worked for me. Don't know the extent you are looking at though.

  • Imp22013828 Imp22013828 on Jun 04, 2017
    C. L. R. Cleaner for bathrooms. It comes in a yellow spray bottle made for calcium on fixtures.

  • Helen Helen on Jun 05, 2017
    Robert, my friend had the same problem. They finally had to call a plumber in to replace the faucet and clean up the pipe.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 06, 2017
    You might try filling a zip lock baggie with CLR and tape it over the faucet so its submerged. Leave on at least overnight then try the faucet.