Like many parts of the UK, Kent is a hard water area, and as a result, limescale is a common occurrence in people’s homes. This chalky deposit is caused by the higher levels of calcium and magnesium in the water supply. Regrettably, it builds up inside kettles, boilers and washing machines, as well as around taps and pipework, and is easily recognisable by the white traces or crusty film it leaves behind.
Why is it Important to Remove Limescale?
Generally, limescale has a negative influence on the home. It can cause clogged or blocked pipes, which lead to poor water flow and pressure; damages drains, faucets and fittings; and creates stains, peeling and lack of shine on surfaces. Over time, limescale can also affect key plumbing appliances, such as washing machines and boilers, reducing their efficiency and lifespan and leading to unnecessary costs.
The longer you leave limescale, the harder it becomes to remove. Act fast and follow Kentish Plumbers’ top tips for elimination. We suggest:
Investing in a Water Softener
Using a water-softening system will reduce the build-up of limescale. Water softeners work by removing the calcium and magnesium ions from hard water, replacing them with sodium ions. This process transforms the hard water into soft water, which is free of harsh minerals and thus, does not produce limescale.
Cleaning Your Appliances Regularly
A simple way to keep limescale at bay is to regularly clean and maintain your appliances. Ensure you thoroughly wipe over your plumbing fittings, especially areas where water can accumulate, such as shower heads and taps. Keeping them clean and dry will prevent limescale from leaving mineral deposits behind. It’s also important to turn off taps correctly because drips will inevitably lead to a build-up.
Creating Your Own Limescale Remover
If you’re in a DIY mood, you can make up a limescale remover by mixing one part white wine vinegar with one part water. Lemon juice also works well, due to its acidity. Simply spray the solution over the affected areas, leave for at least 20 minutes and then wipe away with a clean cloth. Alternatively, there are many branded products available in the supermarkets that treat limescale.
How We Can Help
If you have a limescale build-up that you are struggling to deal with, contact Kentish Plumbers for further advice. In severe cases, you may require a new appliance, which we can source and install at a competitive price!