Limescale as measured in Nelson’s Columns

New analysis from Harvey Water Softeners has shown that UK households in hard water areas could be generating up to 910,000 tonnes of limescale per year – equivalent to 17x the weight of RMS Titanic and 364x the weight of Nelson’s Column.

Around 13 million homes in the UK are in hard water regions and the average family of four living in these areas can accumulate 70kg of limescale every year. Water softeners limit the accumulation of scale and scum in essential appliances, with recent research finding that softened water preserves the lifespan of boilers by maintaining 100% efficiency over a simulated 15-year life span.

Research conducted by Harvey Water Softeners earlier this year found that installing a water softener could save homeowners almost £200 per annum on household bills by making savings on products such as descalers, limescale remover and cleaning products.

Tony Jones, General Manager at Harvey Water Softeners, says: “Hard water can be a silent menace in the home. It causes unwanted limescale which clogs up the inside of your appliances and makes surfaces appear unclean. As people are spending more time at home than ever before, it is important to shine a light on the benefits of a water softener for households: longer lasting appliances, cheaper bills, and a shinier home.”

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