Water Softeners Buying Guide
Rainwater is naturally soft but as it percolates through the ground any Chalk or limestone it passes through it creates hard water a problem that affects large parts of the UK.
Visible signs of hard water in the bathroom can be linked to;
- Lines around your bath and basins.
- A dull finish to baths and basins.
- Spots and stains on a shower screen.
- No lather when you wash
- Scaled up cylinders and immersions.
- Blocked showers and shower heads.
Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium and certain other minerals in the hard water normally by passing the hard water through a bed of tiny resin beads which are charged with sodium ions. The hardness minerals are exchanged with harmless sodium ions , in a process called ion exchange. Once the beads are covered with calcium and magnesium , a brine solution is used to wash them away and reintroduce sodium ions this is called regeneration.
Soft water then provides the benefit of extending the life of your plumbing and can Contribute towards saving money on hot water bills. Other benefits of soft water in your bathroom include savings on soaps, shampoos and conditioners. The soft water silky feeling making for a more luxurious bathing experience.
Water Softeners are available in a range of sizes and many recommend the number of people or size of household they are designed for. They can also be available for either 15mm or 22mm pipework and some are supplied with fittings for both sizes of pipework.
Water Softeners are connected to the household plumbing system normally close to the incoming mains to ensure all parts of the home benefit from the softened water. We always recommend that your water softener is fitted by a professional installer.
Many modern water softeners are small and compact ideal for fitting inside a kitchen unit or utility room. With many sizes available we hope you will find one from our comprehensive range.