What are the limescale damage at home and on health. How to remove limescale from the water and what to do if the water is too hard.
Limestone, what is it
Limestone can be defined as a solid deposit of salts dissolved in water. L'running waterit naturally contains diluted minerals such as calcium carbonate and magnesium. The quantity per liter of these minerals determines thewater hardness.
When the water is rich in minerals, various problems occur, the most common being undoubtedly the formation of limescale deposits.
L'hard water it is rich in calcium bicarbonate, a water soluble salt. When a surface dries, the water evaporates, releasing carbon dioxide which accumulates in calcium carbonate deposits: this is how limestone is formed.
Limestone makes us pay higher bills
Accumulations of limescale on the resistance of those appliances that use water prevent regular heat exchange. Limestone is an excellent insulation, therefore, among the damages of limestone we can report an increase in electricity costs.
Limestone has a high insulating power, accumulating on the electrical resistance of washing machines, water heaters, hybrid boilers, wall boilers, dishwashers…. it lowers its efficiency.
Limescale damages household appliances
In addition to damaging the electrical resistance, thelimestoneit can cause breakages due to abnormal electrical loads. It ruins seals and can cause leaks and drips. To protect the washing machine from limescale damage, I invite you to read the page dedicated to cleaning the washing machine filter.
Limescale can cause damage to the water supply
The same incrustations can also prevent the passage of water in the pipes, cause obstructions, cause seizure of valves, gate valves, mixers ... the chemistry of the limestone can also trigger corrosive phenomena which, in the long run, can irreparably damage the components in contact with the water..
It makes us consume more detergent
There is also a second ecological aspect: if on one side the limestone makes us release more CO2 due to higher electricity consumption, on the other it intensifies the use of detergents. Softened water (free oflimestone) returns a more ecological, cleaner and above all less soap residue laundry. The limestone makes the use of detergents ineffective by forcing the user to use larger doses. Even the softener may not have the desired effect due to the limescale.
Dull and dull laundry
The limestone opacifies the fabrics, wash after wash, the limestone discharges small deposits in the textile fibers, making the colors of the garments more dull and opaque. The laundry not only appears duller but also rougher and less soft to the touch.
Cook food with hard water
Thelimestonealters the flavor of food. The taste of food prepared with calcareous water is less pleasant.
Is calcareous water bad for you?
A very common doubt: thelimescale is bad for your health?Are those who drink hard water (or hard water) more prone to kidney stones? Here is all the useful information.
Who uses thecalcareous waterfor personal hygiene you will tend to suffer from dry skin: limescale clogs the pores of the skin.
Calcareous water can be the cause of dry, dull, dull and brittle hair.
In the past it was feared that calcium carbonate (limestone) could damage the kidneys, but more recent research has pointed out that if there are no particular pathologies, thecalcareous waterit is not harmful. Risks to the kidneys would be avoided, indeed, it would seem that the calcium contained in the limestone would reduce the absorption of fats in the intestine so as to prevent osteoporosis and carry out a protective action for some tumors.
Returning to the question:thelimescale hurts? Yes, limescale is harmful, but more for the home environment than for our health. Sure, though, it clogs pores and makes the skin dry. Calcareous water is not suitable for washing the skin of the face or the hair itself.
In any case, if you want to avoid any risk, especially if you want to preserve the health of your taps, we recommend the use of a water softener to be installed upstream of your water supply. All information on costs and installation is contained in the article "water softener, how it works ".