You certainly recognize the problem of limescale. A chalky, off-white layer of calcium carbonate appears on faucets, showerheads, in kettles, pipes, etc…The problem is present both in industry and in your home. When you see this problem, the idea of chemicals will no doubt have already crossed your mind. However, these limescale deposits have more negative consequences than you might think.
When we look at what problems limescale causes in your home, we find some things that you might not have known about. First of all, it causes a narrowing of the diameter in a pipe, with the result that it is more difficult for water to flow through. In addition, lime deposits cause blockages in filters, pipes, and other systems. All of these problems result in increased energy consumption and increased costs. Finally, your systems, pipes, and water heaters will have a shorter lifespan.
Next, limescale also affects the industry. When these deposits form in pipes, boilers, or cooling systems, it can cause a reduction in life span and a decrease in flow rate. In addition, increasing energy consumption in the industry also means immediately very high energy costs. Finally, these lime deposits can increase the risks of legionella.
Why do lime deposits return after a certain time? This is because only the consequence is addressed by chemicals, and not the underlying cause called biofilm. Fighting biofilm is therefore extremely important since pathogens and microorganisms are resistant to all kinds of antibiotics.
However, many people use chemicals to combat this biofilm, a method that is not only bad for the environment but also very costly.