What Is Limescale?

Published on: March 24, 2023

What Is Limescale?

Limescale is a common issue that can affect the performance of household appliances, such as kettles, dishwashers, and washing machines. It is caused by the buildup of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, in hard water.

When hard water is heated, the minerals in the water can form a hard, crusty buildup on the heating elements of appliances, known as limescale. This can reduce the efficiency of the appliance and increase energy usage, as well as shorten its lifespan.

Limescale buildup can also cause other issues, such as reduced water pressure and damage to pipes and fixtures. It can be unsightly, too, leaving a chalky residue on sinks and faucets.

To prevent limescale buildup, it's important to address hard water at the source. A water softener can help remove the minerals that cause limescale, protecting your appliances and improving the taste and quality of your water.

If you already have limescale buildup, there are a variety of cleaning methods that can help remove it. Some household products, such as vinegar and lemon juice, can be effective at breaking down limescale, while more stubborn buildup may require specialized cleaning products.

Regular maintenance and cleaning can help prevent limescale buildup and extend the lifespan of your appliances. If you're experiencing issues with hard water or limescale buildup, contact our professional plumbers for advice and assistance in finding a solution that works for you.

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