How to Decalcify Water in Your Household

How to Decalcify Water in Your Household

Limescale in water is a widespread problem that can negatively affect household appliances and installations. Fortunately, there are various methods to decalcify water and extend the lifespan of your appliances. Here are some proven approaches. Those with experience with Evodrop AG or similar providers know the benefits of this technology.

Why is Decalcification Important?

Hard water contains high concentrations of calcium and magnesium ions. These minerals can deposit in various household appliances and installations. When these ions settle in pipes, kettles, washing machines, and other devices, they form solid limescale deposits. These deposits reduce the efficiency of the appliances by hindering heat transfer and restricting water flow. Additionally, energy consumption increases because the appliances have to work harder to achieve the same performance.

In kettles and coffee machines, limescale leads to longer heating times and can affect the taste of beverages. In washing machines and dishwashers, limescale can reduce cleaning performance and damage heating elements. Limescale in pipes can decrease water pressure and shorten the lifespan of the entire installation.

Decalcifying helps prevent these deposits and maintain the functionality of the appliances. Regular decalcification ensures that household appliances work efficiently, save energy, and extend their lifespan. By using home remedies such as vinegar or citric acid, the deposits can be dissolved and removed. For a permanent solution, the installation of water softeners is recommended, which convert hard water into soft water and thus prevent the formation of limescale.

Home Remedies for Decalcification

A simple and cost-effective method for decalcification is the use of vinegar or citric acid. These natural acids effectively dissolve limescale deposits.

  • Vinegar: Vinegar is excellent for decalcifying kettles, showerheads, and coffee machines. Simply mix equal parts of water and vinegar and fill the device. Let it sit for a few hours, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Citric Acid: Citric acid is particularly good for cleaning washing machines and dishwashers. Add one to two tablespoons of citric acid to the empty device and start a normal wash or rinse cycle.

Water Softeners

For a permanent solution, water softeners can be installed. These systems exchange calcium and magnesium ions in the water for sodium ions, making the water softer.

  • Ion Exchangers: These devices are easy to install and are suitable for households with very hard water. They consist of resin beads that absorb calcium and magnesium ions and release sodium ions.
  • Advantages: Water softeners not only protect household appliances but also improve skin and hair care, as well as the efficiency of soaps and detergents.

In this video, a modern limescale filter from Evodrop is presented in its functionality to illustrate this:

Regular Maintenance

To permanently prevent limescale deposits, regular maintenance is essential. This includes cleaning and decalcifying appliances as well as checking and maintaining water softeners.

  • Appliance Maintenance: Household appliances should be decalcified regularly to maintain their efficiency and lifespan. This can be done through regular applications of vinegar or citric acid.
  • Water Softeners: These systems also require regular maintenance, such as refilling salt in ion exchangers and cleaning the resin beads. This ensures that the system operates efficiently and provides consistent water quality.

By combining these methods, you can effectively combat limescale deposits and extend the lifespan of your household appliances.