Hard Water – what’s the issue?
Hard water in your home can cause a lot of problems. It 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
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 (please use the map to find out how at risk you are). People tend not to
invest or think about their water health, but this can be detrimental to your
home and your bank account if you live in a hard water area. 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. Limescale is
hard chalky deposits of calcium carbonate. 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 mineral deposit 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.
Therefore, it’s a great idea to look at getting an appliance
to not only prevent future build up but help tackle the damage that has already
So why HomeScale Protect?
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.
IPS is a flow-through body with turbine-shaped electrodes of two different
electrically conductive materials. The electrode design generates a swirling
water flow, causing a change in the structure of the minerals. 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. IPS is a flow-through body with
turbine-shaped electrodes of two different electrically conductive materials.
The electrode design generates a swirling water flow, causing a change in the
structure of the minerals.
Conventional water softeners use salt to prevent the build-up of limescale, which can also have a negative effect on your heating system in the long run. HomeScale Protect will not deposit anything or remove anything from your water supply, leaving it in the best state to work well in your home. HomeScale Protect prevents your water heater from limescale build-up and keeps it running efficiently using an electrode to disrupt the formation of limescale crystals on water heater elements. It requires no power supply, batteries, chemicals or filters so you can be confident that it is keeping your home and family healthy. Due to this, it also is completely maintenance free and extremely easy to install. The disruption of installing a standard water softener can be big, with it typically taking up to 4 hours, the HomeScale Protect is installed in a few easy steps that you can see below. If you’re handy then this can be a DIY project to install, otherwise it is a straightforward job for a plumber.
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, use
of the coffee machine 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. You may be familiar with descaling
kettles with a specialist kettle limescale remover or baking soda, but the
limescale deposits return quickly. Ultimately what is happening to your kettle
is also happening to your heating system and water pipes, so it is much better
to tackle the issue using a device such as HomeScale Protect.
It is also compatible with system, combi and conventional
boilers (click here to see how), so no need to worry about whether it would
work in your home. Not only does it prevent the build-up of sediment in new
pipelines but also gradually removes existing deposits from the network,
resulting a complete futureproof of your system. Another great bonus of the
HomeScale Protect is that unlike water softeners, it has zero effect on the
pressure of water in your home, allowing it to pass freely.