Are you finding irritating chunks of chalk in your water? Do you regularly experience low water pressure levels? Are your pipes brittle and more likely to break? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could have a limescale problem.
Many homeowners don’t know that they can address this problem completely with a water softening unit. This buildup of lime is caused by a prolonged supply of hard water. Switching to soft water will help eliminate this and many other problems, as well as dissolve any present limescale deposits. Here’s what you need to know.
Using a water softener to remove limescale
Salt based water softening units contain sodium chloride, which is placed inside a brine tank. The unit is connected to your main water supply, helping to soften all your household’s water needs. As hard water is pumped through the unit, an ion exchange process will replace the hard mineral and metal ions with sodium, helping to soften it.
Unlike hard water ions, sodium will not cause mineral deposits to build up in your pipes. The ion exchange process will also occur in your pipes, which may feature an accumulation of limescale. It will dissolve away and clear out completely with prolonged use.
Will the change last?
The effects of limescale buildup can be reversed over time. Your pipes will be as clean as new after you install your water softening unit, even though this will not happen immediately. However, limescale can build up in your pipes if your begin passing hard water through them again. We recommend that you regularly maintain your softening unit, and replace the softening salt within the stipulated time. This way, all the water passing through your pipes will be softened and may not cause further buildup.
How long after installing a water softener should you expect results?
Limescale will not disappear immediately after you install a water softener. These deposits have usually taken years to build up, and will need some time to dissolve away. You will completely get rid of all limescale in your pipes within two years of persistent water softening.
The results may take some time for your pipes, but could be more visible in other fixtures and appliances. Within a few weeks, you will notice your kettle and glassware clearing up. Over the course of the next few months, your taps and radiator will operate and look better as the limescale is broken down. In order to sustain the scale-free pipes and equipment, you should make sure that all your water is softened. This could include monitoring the taste and hardness level of your home’s water, as well as your pressure levels and capacity.
A water softener will remove 100% of limescale from your pipes. Aside from increased water pressure levels, you will also have virtually no contamination by the ions that cause water to be hard. It will dissolve the buildup of scale within your pipes, as well as other fixtures and appliances in your home. Water softening units will guarantee a scale-free experience since soft water will not cause any additional deposit in your pipes. By switching to soft water, you will improve both your health & the condition of your house!