How To Reduce Scale Build Up
If you live in a hard water area, and it is extremely likely that you do, then you will see signs of the problems daily. The most obvious are scaled kettles and taps, blocked showers, limescale deposits on ceramics, sinks and baths – the list is endless. However, some of the hidden effects cause greater concern: blocked and furred up pipes and scaled heating elements in hot water cylinders, dishwashers and washing machines, which rapidly become less efficient, using more energy and require greater maintenance.
Below are a few examples of how your pipework may well look at this moment:
Skin irritation and dryness are aggravated by calcium and it becomes necessary to use greater quantities of soaps, detergents and shampoos to ensure reasonable lather.
So what can be done to help reduce scale build up in your water system? By far the easiest way is to fit a scale inhibitor; there are plenty on the market but one of the most productive and reliable is the Scalewatcher. Easy to fit and cheap to purchase, this unit is certainly worth it’s money. No need to drain down, no need to isolate the incoming main, no need to cut into any pipe, takes moments fit and starts work immediately when you switch it on.
After fitting the Scalewatcher, limescale will gradually disappear, due to the electronic signals applied to the water flow. In simple terms, the electronic field changes the structure of the calcium crystals which now lose their ability to “stick together” or bond to other surfaces. Gradually, the whole system is cleared with the normal flow of water.
How does the Scalewatcher work?
Scalewatcher is a small, electronic unit which is easily connected to the rising main and a suitable power source. Once connected, it emits a computer modulated signal which actually changes the properties of the calcium crystals which normally form scale. The electronic disturbance of these crystals stops build up of scale by preventing them from adhering to each other. Water solubility is increased and therefore, existing scale dissolves back into the water and is gradually removed. There are no chemical changes to the water content which will retain beneficial minerals and taste the same.
THE BENEFITS OF SCALEWATCHER
IT WILL DESCALE THE WHOLE WATER SYSTEM
*Fitted to the rising main, a Scalewatcher will protect your whole house .
PREVENTS SCALE BUILD UP
* New scale will not form and existing scale around taps, baths and basins will soften for easy removal.
* Boilers, cylinders and appliances last longer.
* Scalewatcher will reduce scale from your system and return it to original efficiency, saving on fuel costs.
SUITABLE FOR ALL TYPES OF PIPEWORK
* Copper, steel, lead or plastic pipes can all be easily treated.
* The Scalewatcher requires no plumbing and is easily fitted. It can also be removed when moving house.
LOW ENERGY CONSUMPTION
* This compact unit will cost around £3 per year to run.
NO CHEMICAL CHANGES TO WATER
* Nothing is added to the water (unlike water softeners) and nothing is removed, the water remains chemically unchanged.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the scale that is removed go?
It is dissolved gradually into the water and the water goes down the drain.
Does it affect the drinking water?
Water remains chemically unchanged, retaining the beneficial minerals and tastes the same so you do not need a separate drinking tap.
Does it require any maintenance?
Once installed, the unit will require no maintenance at all for its expected life span of 10 – 20 years or more.
What pipe material is suitable?
The unit can be fitted on copper, plastic, steel or lead pipes.
Where should the unit be fitted?
The ideal place is on the rising main so all the water that enters the house is treated, but if necessary, it can be fitted further up the system.
How much pipe is needed for installation?
To fit the unit, you require 10 cm of straight pipe. This can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal pipe.
How much does it cost to run?
The unit costs about £3.00 a year in electricity.