Is limescale really as bad as softener salespeople want you to believe when they show you a sample of your water with that unappealing cloudy, chunky white stuff floating at the bottom? I remember my response the first time I saw it – “I’ve been drinking that?” – as the salesman sat back and smiled. In my mind, there was nothing good about that “impurity.” My water was “dirty,” and the solution he offered would make it “clean.”
FACT: Limescale is composed mainly of calcium and magnesium, and often other beneficial minerals. These minerals are naturally present in water, and the amount of mineral present in your water will vary from region to region, and from source to source.
Calcium and magnesium are minerals your body needs anyway! There is nothing dirty or impure about having lime in your water. When the softener salesperson is performing that test, what he’s really doing is adding a solution that’s meant to solidify the calcium in your water. Would you feel comfortable drinking calcium-fortified orange juice? The solid-looking substance in your water is basically the same thing!
The biggest problem with limescale is that it’s damaging to your home’s plumbing and appliances, and later this month we’ll talk about this problem in more depth. If this post sparks questions and you’d like to speak with a residential specialist to get some answers, you can reach us at 1(877) 708-3338 or click on the chat link above.