Limescale builds up in waterways, which means that over 60% of Britain’s residents live in hard water areas. More hints?
How can hard water be caused?
Hard water is due to high levels of dissolved metals in the water supply. When water is heated, the calcium-magnesium ions are separated and attracted to the sides. This creates the crusty white deposits known as limescale.
Hard Water Problems
Thin layers of limescale around heating elements in coffee makers and kettles increases heat time, so more energy is required to heat that volume. You can save money by removing and/or preventing limescale build-up around heating elements. Plus, the level of dissolved minerals in water supply can affect the taste of hot drinks such as tea or coffee.
There are many choices available.
Chemical Descalers – available in various forms. For home use, descalers include Lactic Acid. Phosphoric Acid can be used for commercial purposes. Nitric Acid is directly injected into the irrigation system to aid in horticultural and agricultural water use.
Water softeners have an organic resin that has been primed by sodium ions. When water passes through it, these ions are released to exchange for Calcium or Magnesium. After all of the sodium is exchanged, the salt solution contains the sodium and the resin is automatically refilled. This water can only be used to wash dishes or clean the toilet.