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How to Remove Limescale... and Avoid it in the Future

Whether you can see it or not, limescale is very common and is likely present somewhere in your home... find out why it's so important to remove it and exactly how to do it.

Remove and Prevent Limescale
What is limescale?

Limescale is a byproduct of hard water.

It is a hardy chalky deposit made up from calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and often appears as a white, pink or brown substance depending on the minerals present.

Limescale can often be found around the house in areas such as kettles, showerheads, taps, washing machines and dishwashers.

It is mainly found in areas where hard water builds up.

It can also affect inner and outer pipework as this is where hard water may have built up and then evaporated.

Whether you can see it or not, limescale is very common and is likely present somewhere in your home.

Why is it important to remove limescale?

The longer that limescale is left, the harder it is to remove. This is why you need to take action and not leave the problem to get worse.

Limescale can cause a great impact on appliances and drainage areas around the home.

It reduces the lifespan of appliances and can cause blockages that result in reduced pressure and and increase in the amount of energy needed to heat your water.

So in addition to being a physical problem, it can become a costly financial one! Not to mention ruining the look of your taps and fittings, ultimately making areas look unpleasant.  

Easy ways to prevent limescale build up

Install a water softener

Water softeners use a process called ion exchange.

This process softens the water by removing chemicals such as calcium and magnesium from the water, transforming it into soft water.

You will need to check your softener on a regular basis to see that it is working to its full potential.

Install a salt free softener

Salt free water softeners work differently by changing the chemical compounds in magnesium and calcium by making them harder to attach to a surface.

They are cheaper and easier to maintain, however you will not get the other benefits of soft water such as soft hair, soft skin and soft clothes.

If it is just the limescale you want to tackle then this could be the perfect solution for you.

Clean appliances regularly

it is important to wipe down areas after you have used them to prevent limescale build up.

Pay close attention to areas such as sinks, showers and drains. You can buy cleaning solutions which may help remove any build up.

Make your own remover

You can make your own limescale remover by mixing one part water with one part vinegar.

Spray this onto the area and leave for a few minutes to work. Wipe or scrub the area to remove more stubborn stains.

We hope you find those tips and tricks useful! For more serious plumbing and drainage emergencies like burst pipes and drain blockages, contact the friendly engineers at TWC. We will be happy to help and offer helpful advice and efficient services to solve your problems.

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