The hard water that comes into your house via the mains contains dissolved lime, chalk and other minerals which causes scale to form on all surfaces which come into contact with it - water softening is the removal of these minerals from the water.
To save you trawling the net we have compiled our top 10 reasons for installing a water softener in your home.
1. Heating System
By removing the existing scale within your heating system and preventing it re-occurring, water softeners reduce the amount of fuel used to heat the hot water. Tests carried out at a Government recognised laboratory confirmed that the steady state improvement was 5.6%.
2. Household Appliances
Softeners will, over time, remove all existing scale from within the household appliances, pipe work and on surfaces such as showers and baths. You wonít need to replace them as soon as you would if you had hard water. It will also prevent the scale from re-occurring.
3. Skin Conditions
Customers have reported that their horrible dry scalp has disappeared completely since the installation. Reserch shows Eczema and other skin conditions caused by the drying of skin by hard water may be alleviated, the suggestion is that soft water is better to wash with, and therefore needs less soap or detergent, clear irritants for people with eczema. Works for us.
Your shampoo will lather up easily when washing your hair and will leave your soft, shiny and manageable. No more flaky scalp!
5. Shower Head and Screen
You can banish clogged up shower heads, no more sticking tooth picks in the holes every month (or is that just us?).
When tested hard water on showerheads scaled up and lost 75 percent of their flow rate in less than 18 months, the holes were beginning to get plugged after only 19 days of testing.
Your shower screen wont need strong harmful chemicals to get it only half clean, You could lose more skin from your hands from these cleaners than scale on the screens! Now they stay sparkling as the day it was installed with only a wipe over.
Your washing will feel softer, cleaner, whites stay whiter, you will extend the life of fabric by up to 20% and you will use less detergent - fact.
6. Cleaning Products
No more cleaning limescale with a lemon, you wont have soap scum marks in sinks or spot marks on your taps, and you can use a lot less cleaning products. This saves you time money and effort, plus it also helps to make your home more friendly to the environment.
For a better shave try softened water, Razor blades last longer, and the quality of the shave is second to none.
Studies by the British Water Quality Group show that water softening can save a 4-person household an average of £200 per year.
As well a saving on washing powder or detergent you also save considerable amounts of money on all the other cleaning products used such as kitchen and bathroom cleaners, shower cleaners, scale removers, floor cleaners, whilst looking after our environment. Your boiler and heating system, plumbing, hot water cylinder, washing machine, dish washer, will all run more efficiently and their life expectancy will be extended by 10%, it all adds up!
9. Car washing
An outside tap on softened water for washing the car makes it a quick, easy as you donít have to leather it off afterwards Ė soft water is used by most valet companies.
Installing a water softener will also help save the environment. The excessive amounts of chemicals used in our cleaning products mostly goes down the drain. By reducing this substantially you will help save our streams and rivers from the ravages of chemical degradation.
A quick way to tell if you have hard water in your home is take a look in your kettle, if there's white flakes and bits on the element you have hard water, this map shows the hard water areas in England and Wales.
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