A lot of people don’t realise how harsh their water can be in their bodies; this includes washing and drinking. Have you ever noticed the amount of limescale that collects in the kettle and on your taps and shower heads? There are some areas in the UK that have hard water which can significantly affect the amount of limescale you have. You may want to think about getting a water conditioner if you don’t already know where about to tell you why you might need one and exactly what it is.

Why would I need a water conditioner?

Around 60% of the UK currently has hard to very hard water, which means there is a vast amount of calcium carbonate in the water. If you live in a hard water zone, you could be spending hundreds a year to treat your water with water softeners. What many people don’t know is how damaging water softeners can actually be.

A lot of water softeners use salt to help soften the water which means you are adding sodium to your water. If you have a water softener, you should never have it to your drinking tap only to your cleaning taps. There are a lot of health associated risks to adding high amounts of sodium to your water. It can have a huge impact in those aged over 50, people with elevated blood pressure and diabetics. The kidneys can have trouble keeping up with the amount of sodium in the bloodstream. This adds more pressure to your heart and body and can result in high blood pressure, heart attack or a stroke.

Water softeners can also remove some of the useful minerals that the water holds such as calcium which is hugely beneficial for the body. High sodium levels can also cause a number of problems in your home including damage to copper pipes and can cause leaks in pipework.

What is limescale?

For a lot of us, limescale is something we encounter regularly and can be a pain to remove. Limescale is more likely to appear in those areas with hard water if you would like to know if your region or town has hard water take a look at Scale Guard.

Limescale Build-up

Limescale is a chalky white substance that is evident in your kettle and around open water pipes such as taps, showers and toilets. It is a build-up of calcium carbonate and can often leave a residue which is relatively hard to remove once it builds up. Limescale can have a significant impact on your heating system as well as your kettle. The limescale you see around your home is only a small part of what could actually be affecting you pipework or heating.

Limescale can also appear in your dishwasher and washing machines, while you may think the chemicals you put in them will get rid of it, it often builds up and can cause severe damage to your utilities.

What is a water conditioner?

There is a range of water conditioners on the market but one JF Plumbing uses is Aquabion, it doesn’t use any water softeners. It turns aggressive hard limescale into non-aggressive softer feeling limescale which is less likely to adhere. This means that any limescale build-up is a lot easier to clean away. It won’t stick to your appliances or require as much cleaning to remove it.


Does this mean I will still have limescale?

Yes, you will still experience limescale in your home, but it will not stick as much as limescale normally does, it can also help to reverse some of the limescale builds up that had previously occurred before you have the Aqaubion fitted.

You will still have to routinely clean your kettle every now and then to remove any limescale, but it will give your kettle longevity. It will also prevent calcification from occurring on your shower heads and will make it much easier to clean.

Here at JF Plumbing Services, we recommend that if you do have any small limescale the best thing to get rid of it is vinegar rather than chemical descalers.

Washing Machine Limescale

Is it bad for limescale to be in my drinking water?

Throughout this article, we have spoken about the many disadvantages of limescale to your home however you should never worry about drinking it. Limescale holds some of the minerals our bodies need to be strong and for growth. Limescale is calcium and magnesium which are vital to your bones and teeth. The limescale is just bad for your plumbing and heating systems.

Where can a water conditioner be stored?

The best place for you to locate your water conditioning unit is on the mains entering your home. If you have a water tank in your attic the best place for installation is under the sink. The Aquabion unit is nice and small so doesn’t take too much space in your kitchen cabinet.

How do I get one installed?

We recommend contacting plumbers Aylesbury to get more information on water conditioners and whether it will be beneficial for you. If you do live in southern counties, this may be more advantageous to you as your more likely to experience hard water.

We also recommend before you have your water conditioner fitted have a general plumbing service or radiator heating survey to ensure there is no build up of limescale somewhere in the pipework.


After reading this article, we hope you have enough benefits to think about getting a water conditioning unit rather than a water softener. A lot of people are unaware of the damages water softeners can cause in their homes and their health. It can also cost you a vast amount of money trying to reverse or fix the damages caused by water softeners. While you still may experience limescale with a water conditioner, you will notice it is a lot softer which makes it easier to remove. Not only is it easier but it will also save you time and money trying to remove it.

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