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Halo Jones
31st July 2013, 09:37
Just had a repair on the steam shower cabin & the issue was lime scale, under warranty so no cost this time but when out of warranty could be a regular £200 bill, hence looking into options now.

So do any of you lot use a water softener / lime-scale inhibitor (for the whole house) system, if so what type & is it any good?

Old Hack
31st July 2013, 09:45
Just had a repair on the steam shower cabin & the issue was lime scale, under warranty so no cost this time but when out of warranty could be a regular £200 bill, hence looking into options now.

So do any of you lot use a water softener / lime-scale inhibitor (for the whole house) system, if so what type & is it any good?

Is there no way to systematically descale it, like with a coffee bean roaster (might be a stupid question, but I genuinely do not know how these are serviced).

DimPrawn
31st July 2013, 09:46
This thread is very disappointing.

SimonMac
31st July 2013, 09:53
I think most of the options involve some sort of magnetic descaler of the pipes as it comes into the house, not really sure how it works

DimPrawn
31st July 2013, 10:05
You're not alone there, I don't think anyone does.

But, allegedly, they do have some effect.

Seems to work on my mates leccy meter too.

:wink

vetran
31st July 2013, 10:30
I have a water softener and a whole house water filter.

My water softener was £32 from eBay (normally good second hand on eBay ~ £200 they don't tend to wear out) plus about £50 in plumbing bits and the filter was £20 + £5 in bits.

most common head (valves + Control) seem to be autorol and they seem to last forever. mine is 20 years old, my previous was 34 years old but the flask seal split. I have a timed one, seems to be fine.

They change the feeling of the water and you use less soap. Important thing is it reduces scale dramatically so less cleaning!!!! NO more slightly grey looking shower glass, seems to keep in shower mould down a bit. Filter does change the water taste (you shouldn't soften drinking water so I filter it).

salt about £8-15 monthly, look for independents or wait for Homebase 15% off.

EternalOptimist
31st July 2013, 11:00
Water - yueegghh!

When you think of all the gunge that's in that stuff, it's no wonder that I stick to the purity of fozzies


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