Should I worry about hard water?
Water described as “hard” contains high amounts of dissolved calcium and magnesium. Hard water is not a health risk but is a nuisance because it can damage your home’s plumbing and heating systems.
Scale acts as an insulator, as it builds up it takes more energy to heat or cool water, making appliances less efficient and increasing energy consumption. For every 0.005’’ of scale energy demand will increase by 5%.
Both shower pumps used in gravity fed systems and mains boosting solutions can be negatively impacted on by hard water and lime scale deposit build up, resulting in noisy operation and often leading to premature product failure.
Water conditioners are an effective solution for hard water problems. They work by altering the structure of calcium carbonate in the water, preventing them from forming scale. This process does not remove any minerals but rather prevents them from bonding to surfaces and forming a hard scale. The benefits are not just limited to the prevention of limescale but will also lower energy costs and extend appliance life.