Whilst most of the North West is supplied with soft water there are some key areas which are supplied with water that is hard. Liverpool and Chester in particular.
Hard water leads to limescale
Hard water is full of minerals, mainly calcium carbonate and magnesium,. These are the building blocks of limescale and form layers on surfaces and on each other.
This is most obvious in areas such as your shower and kitchen where the hard deposits from on taps and other fixtures. However it is the hidden build up of limescale which causes the most damage, by reducing the lifespan and efficiency of equipment such as your boiler.
Harder water, more 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.
Limescale may be costing you £500 a year
Heating elements are particularly vulnerable to limescale build up, as the minerals deposit more quickly at higher temperatures. 1mm of limescale on a heating element increases the energy needed to heat the water by 7-10%. In areas with hard water you can expect more than 1mm of build up.
By leaving the problem untreated your bills could be £500 higher than they need to be, and they could e even higher due to the extra cost of expensive descaling chemicals used to clean limescale from surfaces.
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