The North East has mixed water meaning you may be unlucky enough to be supplied with hard water. Areas such as Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland all have areas fed by hard water.
Limescale is caused by hard water
The minerals in hard water, calcium carbonate and magnesium mostly, are what form the limescale deposits you see on your kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
It is in these areas that limescale is most obvious, but it’s the limescale you don’t see that causes the most trouble. Limescale also forms in expensive equipment sucha s boilers and washing machines, lowering their efficiency and leading them to an early grave!
The higher the hardness, the greater the limescale
We can categorise water hardness into 3 different groups, the ppm stands for parts per million and refers to the amount of calcium carbonate and magnesium present in the water:
Soft to moderately soft water – 1 -100ppm
Medium to moderately hard water- 100-200ppm
Hard to very hard water – Over 200 ppm
Water is hard when it runs through or sits in areas with high mineral content. Water taken from certain sources is much more likely to be hard. Groundwater sources such as underground aquifers are a prime example of a hard water source.
You could be losing £500 a year due to limescale
Boilers and other equipment designed to heat water is especially affected by limescale, higher temperatures cause limescale to form more readily. Limescale acts as an insulating layer on the heating elements, meaning the amount of energy you use to heat the water can increase by 25% if not more!
If you ignore this issue you cold be looking at an additional £500 added to your yearly energy bill and that’s without taking the additional expense of purchasing pricey descaling chemicals, for cleaning surfaces.
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