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Limescale is costing you hundreds of dollars and destroying your home

As a new homeowner in the Caribbean, or if you’re looking to do upgrades to your home, you’ll’ find yourself browsing online or in the aisles of your favourite home improvement store. Those new, shiny fixtures and appliances with all of their fancy features catch your eye, and you make the decision to invest, despite the cost, to make your space as aesthetically pleasing as possible. They will bring the vision you have for your home’s design to life.

 

But as you are processing payment, with a big smile on your face, envisioning all of the hot cups of coffee you will be drinking from your new, high-end coffee machine, or the steamy showers you will enjoy after a long day at work, far from your mind is the image of what these new purchases will look like in just a few weeks. The culprit? Limescale. 

Let me paint a picture for you

Living in the Caribbean, we have all seen that white, chalky substance which builds up in your kettle. It even appears as brown, dirty rings in your toilet and sink, or it can appear in pink and greyish hues – think clogged showerheads and dirty, discoloured tiles in the bath. It’s annoying, it’s ugly and it’s difficult to clean, but most important to mention, it’s costly. It can make your beautiful home look old and neglected.

 

Meet limescale: approximately 13 kilograms of it hardens in your home every year, and that’s if you live alone.

Limescale in Kettle

What is limescale and what causes it?

You’re tired cleaning it, but unsure how to stop limescale, because you’re not battling it at its source. What is causing this hard buildup in your pipes, appliances, and all over your shower glass and drinking glasses? Put simply, limescale is caused by calcium carbonate converting to insoluble calcium carbonate.
 
Hard vs soft water

In Barbados, Jamaica & St. Lucia, hard water is a problem. Hard water is water which is rich in minerals and salts, namely calcium and magnesium, which are two big culprits due to their high concentrations.

When hard water evaporates from a surface, it leaves behind calcium and magnesium deposits, which turn into limescale. This calcium from hard water combines with soap, causing an additional film in areas of usage like baths and sinks – what we would call soap scum.

Soft water is hard water that has been softened/treated by removing these high concentrations of calcium and magnesium to avoid this messy limescale problem altogether.

Hard water is what flows directly from your provider through your taps. You’re washing your hair with it, your family is drinking it and you’re using it to clean everything you own, from your clothes to your car… ironic, right?

The Cost to You

Everything comes with a hidden cost. Are you aware of what allowing limescale to buildup in your home is truly costing you?

1) Damage to appliances
Alongside its unsightly appearance, when limescale builds up in your pipes, it reduces liquid flow and reduces thermal conduction, affecting your water pressure and the efficiency of your appliances' heating capability. This can cause irreparable damage to your plumbing and heating components.
2) Hours of cleaning
Limescale is extremely hard to clean, so you now have to spend extra money on descaling agents and hours scrubbing your entire home.
3) Hair & Skin Irritation
Find yourself buying products to reduce the dull hair you’ve experiencing? Do your hands tend to reach for the “extra moisturising” lotions because you have dry, irritated skin? Both of these are side effects of continuous exposure to limescale, as it clogs your pores and makes your hair brittle.
4) Limescale builds up in “invisible” area:
Because we typically don’t spend much time looking inside them, and the innermost components are hidden, we don’t consider the damage limescale is doing to our washing machines and dishwashers. Lightly worn outfits coming out dull and damaged? Dishwasher not functioning properly? Limescale can be at the root of your problems.
5) Health Implications
In Barbados especially, many persons still drink tap water, as it is safe to do so. While limescale doesn’t pose an immediate threat to your family’s health, medical experts have linked continuous consumption of limescale in hard water to the development of kidney stones.
6) Increased energy bills
Limescale reduces the efficiency of your water-using appliances, requiring a lot more energy to power them. I’m sure you’ve never considered limescale contributing to your high electricity bills.
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How do you get rid of limescale forever/ prevent it?

Limescale will form on all surfaces that have been exposed to hard water, and it can build up quickly. The good news is, if you have a limescale problem, you have options. The solutions Newport offers are based on the exact challenges you’re experiencing, as well as your budget, to essentially rid you of this inconvenience for good.

Option 1

Water treatment

To solve a holistic limescale problem, like damaged showerheads and dirty shower glass, only a water softener can fix this. What we will recommend to you offers both a water softening and water filtration solution for your entire house, as our water softeners not only soften hard water, but they purify it as well.

Option 2

On the other hand, if you just want clean, drinking water for cooking and consumption, and you’re sick of buying bottled water, a Kohner Benz Digital kills multiple birds with one stone. 

 If you’re concerned about the limescale buildup in your kettle, coffee machine, and cloudy ice cubes where you see white flakes floating in beverages after they have melted, this is the solution for you. We just have to install an undercounter unit and a little tap beside your sink, giving you instant, purified water, with additional water configuration options available ranging from boiling water, to sparkling, to cold.

Are you currently building a home?

If you’re in the building stage, this is the perfect time for you to contact us and start thinking about what provisions you need to make to have purified water in your home. Trying to solve a limescale problem after you’ve already moved in can stop the buildup from escalating any further, but it doesn’t correct the issue. Of course, there are so many things competing for your budget right now, but many are for “just-in-case” scenarios: If the power goes off, I might need this generator, or if someone breaks in, these cameras will be extremely useful, you’re thinking. But what about the appliances that are using water every single day, several times a day? From the time you turn on a single tap in your home, your limescale problem has begun. Protect your investments from day one. Let’ss start a conversation.

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