Water softeners, limescale removing and water softening are now part of everyday life. Half of the country has hard water and the effect this has on appliances such as boilers, washing machines, kettles and dishwashers is very expensive. The remedy for this problem is not!
Hard water is caused by lime. Lime or calcium carbonate particles in the water deposit themselves on electrical heating elements because as the water temperature rises around the element, the lime dissolves less easily and forms a scale on the element. This scale, as it is warmed often, will not dissolve again and prevents some of the heat getting past it, to the water. Limescale will also form on the pipes carrying the water, restricting the flow and damaging the system. The system then becomes inefficient and costs more and more to run as the limescale builds up.
Your appliances are only as effective and cost efficient as the water they are using.
Measurements of limescale thickness on heating elements against the reduced effectiveness of those elements are quite dramatic. The graph on the left shows, along the bottom axis, the increasing thicknesses of scale on a heating element. The vertical axis shows the reduction of efficiency of the appliance. You can see from the graph that a heating element with a 5mm build up of limescale is 20 less effective than one with a clean element.
Not only are your energy bills likely to rise but to expect appliances to do 20% more work to produce the same result means, without resolving the hard water issue, they are likely to fail 5 times more quickly.
Answer.............Stop the limescale forming on the elements or in the pipes.
If the water particles containing Limescale can be set in motion at high speed, the lime can be broken down continuously to stop large particles forming. Because of the constant movement in the water the pipes and elements can stay limescale free and any existing limescale can be dissolved in a relatively quick time.
Take a look at the two images here: The image on the left shows an element in warm water which is being serviced by a limescale removal or dispersal agent. The right hand image is what happens without it! 5mm of limescale takes no time at all to build up but for every single mm you can potentially knock 1 year off the life of your appliances. The life expectancy of a new front loading washing machine is 10 years. You can prevent this machine failing after 2 years very easily and cheaply by adding a limescale removal or dispersal agent. Its only very rich people who want to buy new washing machines every two years!