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The hard truth about eczema: it's something in the water


Read the latest research from the University of Sheffield and King's College London and published by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, on the risk of eczema with hard water.



Read the study here.




Created On  16 Oct 2017 13:25  -  Permalink
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Softened water and drinking water - what is the difference?


Here at Fountain Softeners , almost on a daily basis we are asked whether water from a water softener and water from a filtered drinking water system are the same thing – and the answer is no, they are not.

Water Softeners operate by removing the elements that cause limescale, predominantly calcium and magnesium and do this very effectively. These are installed somewhere near where the water comes into the property in order to ensure that the maximum benefit is gained from the softener throughout the property - but are only designed to soften the water, not filter it. Once you remove the calcium and magnesium from your water, your soft water will protect your appliances from scale, you will use less detergent and your shower door and kitchen / bathroom taps will be gleaming!

Drinking water filters on the other hand tend to be installed near the point of use, i.e. to feed a single tap, and generally are designed to make your drinking water taste better by removing elements, mainly chlorine, which can give mains water a lot of its nasty taste. All drinking water through your mains supply will have chlorine present to prevent the colonisation of bacteria within the water pipes.

There are various filters available with varying degrees of filtration, from the single taste and odour filter to the 5-stage Reverse Osmosis drinking water system. This is one our most popular systems if you want 99% pure water. As the name implies, it has 5-stages of filtration and as with all filters, allows youto have control over the quality of your drinking water.

Whatever your size requirements and budget, there is a filter to suit you. There are also filters to remove particular things that may be of concern - hardness, nitrates, hormones, heavy metals - the list is endless !

The boom of bottled water also triggered a huge influx of plastic bottles being dumped into our environment (some people still don’t recycle), which allows chemicals to leech into the ground and water supplies. So don’t buy expensive bottled water – filter you own!

At Fountain we stock a wide range of water softeners, water softener salt, drinking water systems, water filters and domestic UV equipment.


See our ecommerce web site www.fountainsofteners.co.ukselling to customers all over the UK and Europe. Or call us for a chat on on 0845 10 80 685 (local call rate) or 01403 700794 and one of our friendly staff will gladly talk you through your options.


Created On  13 Apr 2015 11:15  -  Permalink
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Are you moving house?

Take your water softener with you when you move.
As the housing market kicks back into life, we are getting more calls from previous customers who have moved and one of the first things they want for their new home is another water softener!

You can of course take your water softener with you in the same way as you would take any other home appliance. Just disconnect the hoses and use the water softener removal kit to cap off the connections
click here to buy. Remove the water softener from position, pour any remaining water from the tank and hoses into a drain outside your property. Simple as that!!

When you get to your new house and realise you can’t live without your soft water, look for the best position for your softener, give us a call and we can advise you on which installation kit to use. Click here to see our installation kits.

There is always plenty to organise when moving so we hope this helps.


Created On  23 Jan 2014 12:29  -  Permalink
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How efficient is your Water Softener?

Is your water softener operating as it should?

If you have had your water softener for more than about 10 years then it will be starting to lose its efficiency. Basically the resin, which is the stuff that your water passes through and that absorbs the hardness minerals, has a life of around 15 years after which time it starts to lose its ability to operate at full capacity. Often customers with older Softeners will first notice a problem when they say that the water is not as soft as it once was but the unit is still using salt at the same rate as before.

The other benefit is that modern Softeners are more efficient on salt and water than older units, usually offering around a 30% saving.

If you are not sure how well your unit is working then request one of our free water test kits to find out for sure and then call us and we can advise how best to proceed once you know for sure.

See our ecommerce web site
www.fountainsofteners.co.uk selling to customers all over the UK and Europe. Or call us for a chat on 0845 10 80 685 (local call rate) or 01306 889090 and one of our friendly staff will gladly talk you through your water softener options.
Created On  4 Nov 2013 13:20  -  Permalink
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Which Water Softener do you need?

Whilst we offer some of the best units on the market, it is often difficult for potential customers to understand that often units are very similar or indeed that sometimes they are identical aside from the badge on the front. Give us a call if you see a particular unit and we will explain the differences between that and one of our units.

See our ecommerce web site
www.fountainsofteners.co.uk selling to customers all over the UK and Europe. Or call us for a chat on 0845 10 80 685 (local call rate) or 01306 889090 and one of our friendly staff will gladly talk you through your water softener options.
Created On  28 Oct 2013 11:05  -  Permalink
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10 Benefits of Softened Water

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 won’t need to replace them as soon as you would if you had hard water. It will also prevent the scale from re-occurring.
  soft water caring for your skin
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.

4. Haircare
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.

5. Laundry
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.

7. Shaving
For a better shave try softened water, Razor blades last longer, and the quality of the shave is second to none.

8. Money
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 don’t have to leather it off afterwards – soft water is used by most valet companies.

10. Environment
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.

See our ecommerce web site www.fountainsofteners.co.uk selling to customers all over the UK and Europe. Or call us for a chat on 0845 10 80 685 (local call rate) or 01306 889090 and one of our friendly staff will gladly talk you through your water softener options. 

 

Created On  10 Oct 2013 20:25  -  Permalink
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Fountain Softeners announces SMS delivery services.

Here at Fountain Softeners, we do our best to keep our customers updated about their orders.

Customers are currently advised by email when their orders are despatched but Parcel Force have just introduced a new SMS service.

This new service allows customers the convenience of knowing exactly when they need to be home to receive their delivery.

Customers can now receive SMS messages that will include the following three messages –

Day of despatch notification: an SMS is sent to the receiving customer to advise them that the parcel will be delivered the following day.

Day of delivery notification: at the start of the delivery day, the parcel recipient receives an SMS message to say the parcel will be delivered later that day.

30-90 minute pre-delivery notifications: the receiving customer gets a message to advise that the parcel will be delivered within the next 30-90 minutes.

Later this year, flexible delivery services will be available which will enable the customer to re-schedule their delivery to an alternative day or request the parcel be left at a local post office or with a neighbour.

These enhancements will give our customers greater control over their deliveries and that means no waiting around! Will keep you posted.

At Fountain we stock a wide range of water softeners, water softener salt, drinking water systems, water filters and domestic UV equipment.

See our ecommerce web site http://www.fountainsofteners.co.uk/ selling to customers all over the UK and Europe. Or call us for a chat on 0845 10 80 685 (local call rate) or 01306 889090 and one of our friendly staff will gladly talk you through your options.

Created On  6 Sep 2013 17:03  -  Permalink
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Dedication.....that's what you need!!

Having spent a good portion of today in the company of a guy who is absolutely committed to giving 100 percent to his specialism, it got me thinking about our own industry and how we can improve and change the way we do things. We are all about ensuring every customer who calls or emails for advice is offered all the options and is guided to the correct system to suit their requirements and that often means them purchasing a cheaper unit than they initially enquired about. It is something that we are passionate about and will never change. This combined with our industry leading warranties and extras such as our free water test kit's ensure that we aim to offer a value for money, unbiased, service.

Having looked at this years sales figures then we are certainly doing something right and we are now looking a our supply chain to see how we can get our customers orders to them even quicker...watch this space.


Created On  4 Sep 2013 11:51  -  Permalink
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What water softener installation kit do I need?

Most people buy an installation kit to make installing their new water softener system as simple as possible.

We offer a number of types of kit to suit most standard installations and we can build a bespoke system to work with whatever pipe work you have.

The four standard kits are -

15mm standard – this is designed primarily for what is termed "indirect” systems. These are where you have a cold water storage tank in the loft and an airing cupboard with the hot water storage tank. Most people are aware that in the loft tank is a ball valve that has within it a restriction to the flow of around 8mm or less. This works fine but it means that you can use a kit that has some restriction within it without having any detrimental effect on the water feed. This gives you an excellent value install kit with plenty of flow.

15mm Full Flow – this is, as the name suggests, is designed to offer full flow through all the fittings and uses upgraded Stainless Steel hoses. This ensures that you do not get any flow restriction through the install kit and is generally used on combination boilers and modern "direct” or "unvented” systems that are found in most modern properties.

22mm Full Flow – this is basically the same kit as above but designed for 22mm pipework. This is commonly found in properties with "direct” or "unvented” systems and in most recently built properties.

28mm Full Flow – this is used where you have 28mm pipework and is sold with a few of our standard softeners that have 1” connections, not cheap but it's a lot of brass !!

Our technical dept have many years experience in plumbing and fittings, so give us a call and we can find a solution to whatever particular peculiarities your system holds.

Created On  23 May 2013 16:01  -  Permalink
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Is there really a north/south water taste divide?

Excellent article on drinking water in the BBC's magazine  http://goo.gl/Y1Jy7
Created On  29 Apr 2013 12:01  -  Permalink
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Water softeners and water filters..... the same thing?


Almost on a daily basis we are asked whether these are the same thing - no, they are not.

Water Softeners operate by removing the elements that cause limescale, predominantly calcium and magnesium, and do this very effectively. These are installed somewhere near where the water comes into the property in order to ensure that the maximum benefit is gained from the unit throughout the property - but are only designed to soften the water, not filter it. Once you remove the calcium and magnesium from your water, your soft water will protect your appliances from scale, you will use less detergent and your shower door and kitchen / bathroom taps will be gleaming!

Drinking water filters on the other hand tend to be installed near the point of use, ie: to feed a single tap, and generally are designed to make your drinking water taste better by removing elements, predominantly chlorine, which can give mains water a lot of its nasty taste.

You can also add filters to remove particular things that may be of concern - hardness, nitrates, hormones, heavy metals - the list is endless! One of the most popular systems if you need excellent results is a "Reverse Osmosis” system. This offers up to 5 stages of filtration and allows you to have control over the quality of your drinking water.

There are a range of water softeners and drinking water filters on our website - take a look or give us a call and our friendly sales staff will talk the options through with you.

Created On  22 Apr 2013 11:55  -  Permalink
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Water, water, precious water.....there isn't enough


Water, water, precious water.....there isn't enough coming from the sky....apparently!

On a previous blog I discussed the merits of single tank, simplex softeners up against the ever more popular twin tank, duplex, units.

We sell plenty of both and one element for people to consider when purchasing a softener is to do with the volume of waste water that goes to drain during the regeneration cycle of the unit, especially as a lot of people are on water meters these days.

The argument was that the newer range of twin tank softeners were more efficient as they are designed purely for domestic applications, whilst the single tank softeners were basically squashed down commercial units that we're made to fit in a kitchen cupboard.

To be fair that tended to be the case until recently when the newer range of  "Water Save" units were launched. These offer a reduction of up to 40% on waste water used compared with a standard model and they subsequently meet all he latest requirements for new homes efficiency levels.

Sure, they cost slightly more than a standard unit but will pay for itself in the extra cost savings on water usage - so it's a really good addition that brings the single tank softeners bang up to date.

This range is called the "
Coral Water Save" - take a look



Created On  21 Mar 2013 21:30  -  Permalink
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Is it dangerous to drink softened water?


Great answer to this yesterday in The Telegraph by Jeff Howell of 
http://t.co/WbJ4OUa5OX

Created On  14 Mar 2013 10:24  -  Permalink
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Which Water Softener do i need?


We have added a helpful new tool to our menu - Which Softener do i need?now selecting the right water softener for your home is far simpler!

Of course our sales team are still on the end of the phone if this doesn't answer your questions or you need any further assistance.



Why do i need a Water Softener?

Water Softeners: Saving You Money

Limescale build up

Softened water saves you time and money – studies by the British Water Quality Group show that water softening can save a 4-person household an average of £200 per year.

Hard water contains dissolved lime, chalk and other minerals, this quickly causes scale to form on all surfaces which come into contact with it, from sinks and toilets to shower heads and taps. The unseen and potentially more costly examples of hard water are clogged pipes and failure of central heating elements/pumps.

British Water's Quality Group estimate that just 1.5mm of scale reduces the efficiency of your boiler by almost 10%.

In addition, you will use less detergents, soaps, and other cleaning chemicals as the water will lather using smaller quantities. Softened water will eliminate the build-up of limescale in your pipes and on heating elements found in dishwashers and washing machines, leading to fewer expensive engineer call-outs and spare parts.

Once you have had a water softener installed, you will never want to be without one!
Why not find the right water softener for your family?

The Health Benefits of Having a Water Softener

Once installed the benefits of your water softener will be immediate.

  • Your shampoo will lather up really easily when washing your hair and will leave your hair feeling and looking fabulous
  • Softened water can leave your skin feeling, smooth glowing and healthy
  • Softened water can clear up minor skin problems such as irritation and dryness

Created On  31 Jan 2013 14:25  -  Permalink
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Thank you Zest magazine!

Thanks Zest magazine for a mention on page 13 of their February edition. Gives all the good reasons to buy a water softener!
Created On  28 Jan 2013 13:12  -  Permalink
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2012 what a year!

We are really glad to report that 2012 has been a record year for us.  Across all our divisions we have seen increases in customer numbers and revenues.

This has been a testament to our loyal customers and also the hard work of our team that have really tried to offer the best service at the best prices.

Now I would be the first to say that we don't always get things right and we are going to implement a number of changes to our stock control systems as well as ensuring that our suppliers offer faster lead times. 

We also are going to offer some great specials to our existing customers on our products as well as a new service for deliveries and hopefully timed deliveries. These and a few others will no doubt be copied by our competitors (as usual) but it will result in a better service to our customers, which is what it is all about to ensure that we continue to grow.

Can't wait to get started this year...let's go !!
Created On  2 Jan 2013 16:48  -  Permalink
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