The benefits of using a water softener
Hard water contains dissolved lime, chalk and other minerals, and quickly causes scale to form on all surfaces that come into contact with it, from sinks and toilets to showerheads 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 estimates that just 1.5mm of scale reduces the efficiency of your boiler by almost 10%.
In addition, you will use fewer 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 the heating elements found in dishwashers and washing machines, leading to fewer engineer call-outs and spare parts.
The benefits to Health
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 much better;
softened water can leave your skin feeling smooth, glowing and healthy;
softened water can clear up minor skin problems such as irritation and dryness.
How do water softeners work?
Water softeners use a very simple chemical reaction to gently soften your water. It works by forcing hard water into a tank of special resin. As the hard water passes over the resin a process of ion exchange occurs and this causes the water to become soft.
After a while the resin becomes exhausted and has to be regenerated. This regeneration is achieved by flushing the resin with salt water. This is all achieved without any user input, aside from topping up the salt tank periodically.