What is Hard Water and Limescale?

Hard water can seriously affect the longevity of your appliances and cause break downs and inefficiencies, costing you money. But what is it, and how could Homescale Protect help?

Hard water is water that has high mineral content and contains particles of magnesium and limescale. Some parts of the country have harder water than others although it is thought that 60% of the U.K. has hard water. People tend not to invest or think about their water health, but this can be detrimental to your home and your bank account. It needs to be monitored due to the damage it can cause to heating systems and appliances. Limescale deposits can form anywhere there is heated water, and it can also affect your hair and skin due to the deposits when you shower.

Hard water is estimated to be responsible for around 70% of equipment failure, but only 6% of people have a softener device to help prevent the build-up. According to British Water, an average family of four accumulates around 70kg of limescale in 12 months, but only a very small amount can affect your heating efficiency.

The Homescale Protect is not a water softener and contains completely different technology to do its job. It uses Ion Polarization System (or IPS) to prevent the build-up of limescale. IPS effectively prevents the formation of solid sediments and corrosion in cold and hot water appliances. Homescale Protect has an efficiency of over 76% in reducing the creation of limescale on pipework, valves, taps, showerheads and coils within your heating system. That is estimated to save you up to £200 a year in efficiency that could otherwise be lost, not to mention the possible cost of repair or replacement.

In practical terms, that could increase the lifespan of your washing machine by another couple of years and hundreds of washes. Any appliance that uses water can be damaged by limescale, so every cup of tea or run of the dishwasher will contribute to build-up. It’s not just within the appliance that is affected by hard water, it’s also external factors. The white flakes at the bottom of your kettle or build-up of scale on your tap faucet would all be reduced, even the streaks on your shower screen would be less noticeable. Proof that your life will be clearer and cleaner with Homescale Protect installed.