Hard Water Costs you money
Ever see a shower that’s in constant use, in a hard water area? Even a relatively new shower will show deposits or limescale around joints and seams. Glass doors are always covered in a milky residue.
Now this is what you see, and there are powerful cleaners that will remove these deposits – that’s already a cost to you. But there’s the deposits you don’t see, your pipes, your heating, your washing machines and dishwashers. Each one is be prematurely aged as the limescale deposits that build up.
And that costs you big money as you constantly replace white goods and maintain plumbing around your property.
These highly popular home water softeners are what you need.
By replacing the hardwater with software in your home – you will save money over the long term. If you want all you appliances to look as good as the day you bought them and keep them working in their tip top condition for as long as possible, then a domestic water softener is for you.
Hard Water – Soft Water
We get used to our water being what it is (hard or soft) But you’ll know instantly if you move from a hard water region to a soft water region or vice versa. The water feels and tastes so different.
Soft water feels more wet and it’s nicer to wash with. Just the quality of it is so much different.
Hard water is water that picks up deposits of calcium and magnesium as it passes through surrounding rocks and ground and into the water supply. It’s quite natural and some people prefer the taste of hard water to soft water. But removing these compounds from the water is so very beneficial to you and your home.
Limescale is bad when you sell your home
Over time and especially with hot water, the calcium and magnesium leach out from the water and so leave white deposits, which can be veined with other colors , pinks, greens, blues and browns.
These residues are left everywhere and are difficult to clean. This becomes very important when selling your property as the house/apartment will just look grubby to a potential buyer – you definitely don’t want that.
Unused taps, stop cocks, when left for years without use, become impossible to use as the limescale is now encrusted in the whole mechanism. Which require replacement by your local plumber.
That’s why a lot of folk will have bathroom suites, taps showers all replaced, to make the interior of the property, look fresh and new. Certainly an expense you want to avoid while attracting the maximum price for your real estate.
Benefits of Soft water
- No furring up of kettles and hot water faucets (taps)
- No more limescale deposits on sinks, baths or shower cubicles
- Clothes and towels that remain soft, wash after wash
- Plates are cleaner and shinier
- Your car, if you clean it yourself, won’t have that dull look
- You’ll use less soaps and detergents
- No more replacing washing machines/dishwashers because of limescale build up
- Skin and hair will feel so much better washing with soft water
Hair and Skin
Soft water is much better for our skin. Calcium and magnesium react with secretion in the skin and leave the skin feeling dry.
You need to use more soap in hard water areas and it’s not as foamy or gentle. It tends to stick and you use more hard water to remove the soap from you face, hands and body. In soft water soap lathers easier and is easier to apply and rinse off.
As with your skin, your hair will look and feel better. The limescale actually get into the hair follicles and causes the hair to stick out for no apparent reason. Hair looks more healthy and you’ll use less shampoo and other products on your hair and it will all rinse off easier as well.
Towels remain softer and spongier than towels washed in hard water areas, which become hard and rough over the years as the calcium and magnesium mat towel fibers together. Clothes too, are softer and less abrasive against the skin.
How Water Softeners Work
It’s rather simple and involves a bit of high school chemistry to fully understand it scientifically.
But put simply, a set of very small resin pellets act like magnets dragging the calcium and magnesium ions out of the water solution by sticking to them. Eventually the resin gets used up. A block of salt is used to reset the pellets again so that they can be used again and again.
So all you have to do is add salt blocks to keep the whole thing going. Most systems will employ a two cylinder device. One cylinder is softening water while the other is being regenerated. Then they toggle automatically as needed.
The calcium and magnesium (as well as other minerals) floating around in your water carry a positive electrical charge, in this state they’re called ions. Positively charged ions to be exact.
The resin beads in the cylinder carry a negative charge, so as the water rushes through the positively charged ions come out of the water and attach to the negatively charged beads.
Eventually there are no more negatively charge resin beads left. At this point (happens automatically) a strong brine solution is flushed through the cylinder the magnesium and calcium deposits are push off and sent to the waste system.
This brine solution is just common salt. The process of flushing causes the calcium and magnesium ions to be replaced by sodium ones. Then the whole process can start again, as new hard water once again enters the cylinder. The calcium and magnesium ions are stronger than the sodium and attach to the resin beads, pushing the sodium ions off.
Although not cheap to buy and install (if you use an expert fitter) these devices will pay you back in droves in the future. If you’re planning to stay in your property for a long time, then this is one of the best investments you can make.