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Can You Get Rid of Limescale Permanently?

Limescale is a common problem that can be found in many homes. This chalky white deposit that forms on surfaces due to hard water can be difficult to remove. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of limescale permanently, then you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll discuss the best methods for removing limescale and preventing it from coming back.

What is Limescale?

Hard water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, which create a mineral residue that sticks to surfaces and can be difficult to remove. Limescale can form on sinks, taps, showers, toilets, and other surfaces in your home, as well as on heating elements, for example in your kettle.

How to Remove Limescale

The first step in getting rid of limescale is to remove as much of it as possible from the surface. This can often be done by using a scrubbing brush or an abrasive cleaner such as vinegar or baking soda and a bit of elbow grease. For tougher deposits, you may need to use a chemical cleaner such as Viakal. 

Preventing Future Build-up

Once you’ve removed the existing limescale from your home, it’s important to take steps to prevent future build-up. The best way to do this is by installing a water softener or water conditioner in your home. The two solutions work in very different ways. You can read more about the differences in our blog post on the topic here.

While water softeners are the traditional limescale-prevention method, they use salts and expel briny effluent into the watercourse. So, if you’re looking for a sustainable, eco-friendly solution then a water conditioner may be a better solution for your needs.


Why choose Halcyan?

The Halcyan Water Conditioner is a 100% passive solution to the problem of limescale in the home and is entirely salt and maintenance free. With a 30 year warranty, it’s the only solution you’ll ever need. 

You can find out more about how the Halcyan Water Conditioner works here, or to find out what our customers have to say about our products, visit our testimonials page.


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Do I Really Need a Water Conditioner?

Water conditioners are essential pieces of equipment for many households, but do you really need one? In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of having a water conditioner in your home and answer the question: do I really need a water conditioner?


What is a Water Conditioner?

A water conditioner is a device that treats hard water as it enters the home and affects the ability of limescale to form on surfaces and within fixtures, fittings and appliances. A good quality water conditioner will reduce existing limescale build-up and prevent more limescale from forming, so you don’t have to worry about descaling in your home or unnecessary repairs to expensive appliances. You can learn more about how water conditioners work and how they differ from water softeners in our helpful guide here.

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Is a Water Conditioner a good investment?

Installing a good quality water conditioner will not only help to protect your home, but can actually save you money on your household bills, appliance replacement and even on household purchases such as cleaning products and detergents.


Save money on bills

Limescale is an excellent insulator so heating water requires a lot more energy when limescale is present. When you consider how often you heat water in the home (think showers, dishwashers, washing machines, kettles etc) the savings that can be achieved are considerable. In fact, just 3mm of limescale on a heating element can increase energy consumption by up to 25%! At current energy prices, the average household can expect to save up to £500 per year on their energy bills simply by treating hard water.


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Reduce appliance maintenance and replacement

When limescale builds up in an appliance, it affects its efficiency and can ultimately lead to complete failure. By treating hard water, you’re preventing limescale build-up in your appliances which means they will last for much longer.


Spend less on household purchases

When hard water is treated detergents not only become more effective, but you need less of them to achieve the same result. This applies to shampoo, washing up liquid, and any other soap or detergent you use in the home so you can expect to reduce the amount you buy. And, as you’ll no longer be cleaning limescale from your taps and surfaces, you have less cleaning to do and need fewer cleaning products in the home!

Do I Really Need a Water Conditioner?

So now that we’ve explored some of the benefits of having a good quality water conditioner installed in your home, do you really need one? 

If you live in a hard water area then yes, we’d recommend you install a device to treat your water. Not only will you achieve the benefits of better behaved water, with a Halcyan Water Conditioner, you’ll benefit from 30+ years of hard water treatment with zero maintenance or ongoing costs.

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Why Does Limescale Reduce Appliance Efficiency?

Limescale is a common problem in many households and affects around 60% of the UK. It can cause a variety of problems, from damaged fixtures and fittings to the premature breakdown of expensive appliances. But why does limescale reduce efficiency? In this blog post, we’ll explore the causes and effects of limescale on appliance efficiency.

What is Limescale?

Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit that forms when calcium and magnesium precipitate out of hard water and bond to surfaces. It often appears as a white or grayish-white coating on surfaces such as taps, showerheads, pipes and on the heating element of your kettle. Over time, limescale can build up and become difficult to clean, and the longer it’s left the harder it is to remove.

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How Does Limescale Reduce Efficiency?

Limescale reduces efficiency in two main ways: by blocking water flow and by reducing heat transfer. 

When limescale builds up inside pipes or appliances it restricts the flow of water. If you’ve ever had a shower head clogged with limescale, you’ll know how frustrating this can be and how often you have to clean it to maintain the optimum flow of water.


shower head blocked by limescale


Limescale also reduces the flow of heat which means it takes a lot more energy to heat the water surrounding a heating element which is covered in limescale. This reduces the energy efficiency of water-heating appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and boilers, and energy bills are significantly higher as a result.

Limescale also reduces the lifespan of water-bearing appliances by causing corrosion and additional wear on internal components, so you can expect to replace your expensive household items up to twice as often.


How Can You Prevent Limescale Build-Up?

The best way to prevent limescale build-up is to treat hard water as it enters your home. There are various hard water treatment products on the market, from salt softeners to water conditioners.  They help keep your appliances running more efficiently and for longer without needing expensive repairs or replacements due to limescale damage.

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While salt softeners are a traditional solution to the problem of limescale, they require ongoing maintenance and regular topping up of salt. If you’re looking for a passive, sustainable and eco-friendly means of treating your hard water, a water conditioner such as the Halcyan is a good choice. You can read more about your options in our no-nonsense guide to water conditioners and water softeners here.



Limescale can be a major problem for households which are supplied with hard water. Not only does it cause unsightly deposits on surfaces, but it can also reduce the efficiency of appliances over time due to blocked water flow and reduced heat transfer capabilities, leading to higher energy bills and  premature appliance failure. The most sustainable way to prevent this issue is to install a water conditioner in your home.

Why not take a look at our testimonials and discover why Halcyan is THE solution for sustainable hard water treatment in the home.

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