Simply explained, when it rains, it rains naturally soft water. As it percolates down through the ground, rainfall comes into contact with the chalk and/
or lime bedrock.
The acidity of the water dissolves the chalk and brings it to us as hard water. With a water softener, what happens is that the chalky mains water goes in through the softener. The softener removes the chalk and limescale, effectively putting rain water into the property, dissolving current limescale and starting the cycle all over again.
Why it’s important to get on top of limescale
Unfortunately, limescale is commonplace in Sussex and other areas in the south, where hard chalky water is generally what enters our mains water supply.
Limescale around the home can be a pain in the neck. Horrible chalky build up and soap scum that forms crusts and stains around taps, shower screens and showerheads. The furring you see in your kettle is another sign of it. And hidden from view, it can clog up pipes, effect the performance of washing machines, dishwashers and even the boiler that runs your entire central heating system.
And here’s a sobering thought. The average home will collect around 70kg of limescale in the course of a year – that’s the weight of an average adult. We’re taking a heavy duty problem here!
So how do you get rid of it?
Do household cleaning products work as limescale removers?
Yes and no. Products like Cillit Bang, Cif and Mr Muscle are all well and good for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces, but they are, at best, only temporary fixes. Besides being expensive, no matter how hard you scrub and clean with them thinking you have removed limescale, it will always keep coming back, because these big brand cleaners never cure the issue at source - which is the hard water itself.
As an alternative to using chemicals, you could always opt for a more natural approach to cleaning. As examples, lemon juice and vinegar are effective for cleaning bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Where you have especially stubborn deposits, the even stronger acids found in lime juice and pickling vinegar will get the job done.
As for removing limescale from washing machines, put a cupful of vinegar in the drum and run it on a normal cycle. Vinegar works well in kettles, too. Fill it to about a quarter capacity and boil, before giving it a thorough rinse.
At the end of the day, however, whether you use everyday household cleaning products, natural substances or even an old toothbrush, the fact is that limescale will keep returning – unless or until you stem the tide of hard water coming into your home through the mains supply.
Water softeners defeat limescale - good and proper
As explained at the beginning of this article, the only guaranteed way to treat limescale, once and for all, is to ensure you have soft water coming into your property. If you live in a soft water area, that’s fine. But across Sussex and much of the south of England, chalk and lime bedrock is widespread in the soil beneath our feet, creating hard water.
So to turn hard water into soft water, that’s why you need a water softener.
The long term, cost-effective cure
Water softeners allow pipework, boilers and all your household appliances, that may have battled the limescale onslaught for years, to be returned to their original state. This means they will last longer, be far less prone to breaking down and you’ll save loads of money on cleaning products – and maybe even cleaners - as a result.
On top of that, your surfaces and appliances stay looking cleaner for longer. Just as importantly, water softeners ensure limescale doesn’t return because they prevent hard water getting into your water system.
In summary, water softeners solve the curse of limescale for good, they help keep your home looking clean and wholesome - and ensure you save on your household heating and cleaning bills in the years ahead.
If you are fed up, concerned even, about limescale and soap scum in your property, and would like to have a soft water system installed, please contact the area’s number one local supplier, SJ Water Softeners here, on 01243 607494 or via email: email@example.com.