Over 60% of Britain lives within hard water areas. Because of limescale buildup, it is often necessary to descale kettles, coffee makers, or replace pipework. Read here?
What causes hard water?
Hard water is formed when the water supply contains high amounts of dissolved mineral, such as Calcium or Magnesium. After the water has been heated, the calcium ions and magnesium are separated from the water molecules. These are then attracted towards the sides of the kettle, coffee machine, creating the crusty white deposits that we call limescale.
Water Hardness: Problems for
The thickness of limescale on the heating element in kettles and coffee machines can cause a longer time to heat water. Therefore, more energy is needed to heat the same volume of water. This will save you money and allow you to enjoy hot beverages like tea or coffee without the limescale buildup.
There are many solutions that can be used.
Chemical Descalers are available in many different forms. These descalers are suitable for use in kettles. Nitric Acid can be injected directly into the irrigation system for agricultural or horticultural water users in hard water areas.
Water softeners – contain an organic resin that is primed with sodium. These ions are released as water passes through the water softener. This exchanges calcium and magnesium ions for hard water areas. The resin is then automatically recharged in salt solution that contains the sodium ions. Because of the high salt content, this water can only used for washing and not cooking.