Limescale buildup inside your central heating pipes is always bad news! British Water estimates that just 1.5mm of limescale accumulation can increase a heating system's general energy requirement by up to 12%.
Why? Because the reduced diameter inside the pipe means your boiler will have to pump more water for the same effect . Limescale also acts as extra insulations therefore your boiler will have to run hotter for longer to produce the ideal output.
What does this mean? Pumps working harder and boilers running hotter for longer means unnecessary overuse, causing higher energy bills, boiler breakdown, subsequent call-outs and even potential boiler replacement.
What can be done? Heavily blocked pipes will need to be replaced. Plumbminto's plumbers in Wimbledon are perfectionist pipe fitters so Call us if you need a quote for this. Of course prevention is always better than a cure, so a good water treatment will be very effective. You could add a water softener to your system to soften the limescale amounts, however this can be costly to upkeep with replacement salts and water wastage. An excellent solution is an installation of an electrolytic device which introduces tiny quantities of zinc into your water via a zinc anode and copper cathode. The zinc holds the calcium carbonate which causes limescale build up, and rather than hard, stubborn chunks of limescale being found on a shower head or kettle, you may only find a light, powdery residue.
These units are very easy to fit and not costly in labour time. Call us now if you want to prevent inevitable limescale build up by installing an electrolytic device.
Danielle & Richard Minto, Directors