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Limescale is the deposit left behind by hard water, it is made up of calcium and magnesium compounds. It causes scaling of heater elements in kettles, dishwashers and washing machines, as well as scaling in your pipes and boiler.
It is likely you can see limescale on your kitchen surfaces, taps, and shower. Softened water eliminates limescale, making your appliances and boiler work more efficiently and last longer. Scale in your pipes and hot water cylinder will increase your heating costs considerably. Figures show that just ¼” (6mm) of scale will increase your water heating costs by 50%.
Hard water also causes unsightly deposits of limescale on sink surfaces, taps, and shower screens meaning that extra cleaning time and harsh chemical cleaners are needed to remove it.
How Water Softeners Help
Water softeners replace the hardness minerals in water which cause limescale with sodium, this is done through a process of ion exchange. As water is passed through the ion exchange resin in the softener, it captures the calcium and magnesium ions as they pass and releases the sodium ions.
Softened water will remove all the existing built upscale from your plumbing work and keep it that way, which leaves you to enjoy the saving on your heating bills. The benefits of softened water are most obvious in the kitchen with hard work and harsh cleaning products a thing of the past.
A quick wipe over will leave your kitchen sparkling and any existing limescale build-up on your kitchen appliances will be removed for good and the elements in your kettle and dishwasher will shining like new for years longer.