Soft Water Shower

shower headHow do you feel after a shower

Have you ever come out of a nice long shower but you skin felt slightly itchy and a little dry. Dry as in dry skin after you’ve towelled down? Does your hair feel unmanageable and look worse than before you took that shower?

Well this is almost certainly due to the water being hard. In this blog we go through the benefits of having soft water to wash and bathe in.

Hard water is water as you may know contains high concentrations of undissolved minerals, such as calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and dolomite (calcium magnesium carbonate). Hard water is not harmful to our health but it is ineffective when used to wash our clothes and washing to wash our bodies with.

Water softener systems can be installed to remove these dissolved magnesium and calcium impurities making it more pleasant to drink and to wash with.

Dryness and pruritus (Itching)

According to the Water Quality Association (WQA), hard water is available and is used in more than 85 percent of North America. Hard water contains insoluble minerals and salts which settle on the surface of the skin and cause dryness. Dry skin is characterized by a dull, flat appearance which makes it is prone to itching. Inflammation can occur and can, in rare cases cause bleeding and in extreme cases cracking of the skin.

girl in a showerIneffective Antimicrobial

Hard water covers the skin with a layer of an impenetrable film. This film forms a barrier that does not allow for effective removal of dirt and harmful pathogens. Hard water combines with soap to form soap residues (also known as calcium deposits). This sticky substance prevents the natural oils of the body from reaching the epidermis in the skin and inhibits the skin’s natural antimicrobial properties. This leads to rosacea (reddening of the skin) and other skin pimples.

Destroying healthy skin cells

Undissolved impurities in hard water (such as zinc, lead, magnesium and calcium) can act as free radicals. Free radicals are unstable substances that break down elastin and collagen in healthy skin cells that can lead to many skin conditions. The affect of these free radicals can lead to a free radical cascade – a damaging domino effect that increases skin’s vulnerability to external stress factors such as sun damage by harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

man in the showerAcne

Hard water does not directly cause acne, but its mineral content can contribute to acne flare-ups. Acne (or acne vulgaris) is a skin disease common in adolescents. Hard water deprives the skin of natural oils that lubricate and moisturize the surface of the skin. This causes skin irritation and dryness which leads to acne. Bathing an area of the skin with hot hard water opens the pores, so that soap residue can penetrate and blocks these pores. This aggravates the condition further and makes acne difficult to handle and control.

beautiful hairsoft water for shower

Our main page Benefits of a Water Softener shows you how to to remove the dissolved minerals in the water. Which turns the hard water into soft water for a soft water shower experience. The result is that skin feels supple and soft and hair feels luxuriously soft.

Adding value to your Home

laundry on a washing line
Clothes feel softer

Increase Your Property Value

A water softener, plumbed into your property will add value to your home – simple.

What’s more they’re easy to install (we recommend a plumber, just because it gives peace of mind and you know it been done right) and super simple to operate. But the benefits to you and the people that live with you are huge That’s because soft water has so much going for it.

We’re not going to evangelize soft water with those unbelievable stupid claims, where your life will be transformed beyond riches and your have lots of new smiley friends when you’ve installed one. That would be a cheap sale. No, it’s just this simple “soft water is better than hard water”, period.

soft fluffy towels
towels are fluffier

Towels

Where you will notice it is when you wash, you’ll feel cleaner. But the big thing that you will notice it most is in your fabrics and especially towels.

You know what it’s like when you first use that fluffy towel you’ve just bought. How soft and warm it feels. Them little by little it gets harder, rougher. Not straight away but little by little and eventually it’s like sandpaper, brittle and course, quite unpleasant to use.

Well imagine that didn’t happen (because you’re washing your towels in soft water). So your towels will stay soft for longer. You wouldn’t notice that your towels were the same as when you first bought then. Because you only notice the difference when they become hard and rough.

soft fluffy pullover
pullovers are springier

Fabrics

So using soft water instead off hard water just becomes an invisible process, you don’t notice that everything is the same ( just like new, just as you bought it). But it gets better, your clothes feel soft stay soft. Delicate fabrics stay delicate and don’t become brittle.

What a domestic water softener does is to just make all you fabrics “normal” and that’s the way it should be.

Added benefits, as to can see here Is that there’s no white deposits around taps and showers. These will often look dirty and are are hard to remove. The limescale builds up over time and is quite hard to clean as it gets into those places that are hard to get at. Soft water is definitely achievable for everyone and running costs to keep water soft are quite low.

Take a Look here to see where you can get a water softener for your home

6 Reasons to use a Water Softener

faucet with bad limescale
caked in limescale

1. No limescale means cleaner shower heads, cleaner faucets and cleaner pipes.
Not only does everything look better but it works better as well.
Limescale will make every tap stiffer as it ingrains itself into the threads of taps.

2. Limescale is a great insulator. Not so good when it cakes the heating elements inside your hot water system. As result it takes more heat to heat the same volume of water and the situation gets worse as more limescale builds up. This is not good and not cheap for you.

3. The skin and hair have natural oils secreted by the skin and hair to lubricate and act as a protective barrier. Hard water acts like an abrasive scrubbing those protective layers away.
With soft water, your skin feels fresh, clean and supple and you’ll use less soap products too. Soft water is recommended for people with eczema as it can help alleviate some of those symptoms.

4. You spend less time cleaning. Scrubbing in awkward places, over and over. Shower heads, stainless steel worktops and glass shower walls are the worst. And ceramic wall tiles have powdery skin on the surface. Soft water eliminates this tedious task once and for all and saves the cost of all those expensive cleaners.

5. Clothes washed in hard water are damaged by the abrasive action of limescale. The fibers in your clothing become damaged and as a result clothes will quite quickly feel rough to the touch. Soft water results in cleaner garments, uses less water and no longer need that fabric softener, saving you money as well.

6. You’ll use less soap and detergents with soft water. With hard water part of the job of the cleaners is to neutralize the effects of the limescale. Because of this you have to use more cleaner to get the same foaminess as for soft water. The result is it’s cheaper for you and more environmentally friendly.

Differences between Hard Water and Soft Water Explained 

What makes Water Hard

The World’s Fresh Water

Iceburgs containg fresh water
A lot of fresh water is stored as ice

and where to find it

Icebergs. Less than 3% of the water here on Earth is freshwater, the rest contains salt water in varying degrees (saline, brackish). You may already have known this fact. But did you also know that of that most of 3% of fresh water is in fact ice? So all the animals, plants all the people in all of the cities of the world have access to less than 1% of all the water on earth – wow. So where is it?

The Great LakesThe biggest source of fresh in the world is Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia located in the vast expanse of Russia, on its eastern side. Not far behind are the great lakes that straddle America and Canada (Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario). Together the great lakes hold about one fifth of all the fresh water and Lake Baikal another fifth.

But most of the world’s fresh water isn’t in lakes, it’s beneath our feet. Most of the fresh water is ground water

The highest fresh water in the world is to be found in lake Titicaca, in the Andes. The lake is in two countries of South America, Peru and Bolivia. Its surface is 12,500 feet above sea level.

The lowest fresh water in the world is to be found in the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Called a sea but it’s really a freshwater lake and it’s the lowest freshwater lake in the world.

Great Lakes from Space
The Great Lakes

The country with the most fresh water in the world is Brazil, followed by Russia, then the USA, then Canada.

The biggest consumers of water in the world are China, India then the USA. Followed by Brazil and Russia. But Brazil, the USA and even India export water as well. Countries such as the UK, Germany and Japan are big importers of fresh water.

Finally the cleanest water in the world is found in South America, Chile to be exact. Right at the southern most tip is a town called Puerto Williams, the waters here have been found to be the cleanest

This link shows a nice graphic showing fresh water distribution

Magic Water

winter snow and ice
water in some of its many forms

The Magic of Water

It’s quite correct to compare water to a box of magic tricks. Water is all around us and we don’t see it. So familiar are we with it’s presence that we fail to see all of it’s wonder.

Ice

As water gets colder its temperature drops. And as the temperature drops so it condenses (its volume decreases). Eventually it drops to zero and ice forms.

But it does something quite odd. When the temperature drops past 4 degrees Celsius, it starts to expand again. It keeps expanding as the temperature drops, until it freezes. This remarkable property is why we see ice on top of lakes and not starting on the bottom.

Not only that, the ice acts as a blanket insulating the water beneath. So the bottom of lakes almost never freeze which protects the creatures that live down there through the winter months.

The Life Giver

Water covers over two thirds of this planet’s surface. No one quite knows how it got here and no one knows why there’s so much of it. But what we do know is that without it there would be no life on our planet.

Indeed our bodies are mostly comprised of water and our bodies look after that water and make sure it’s used efficiently for our well being.

Defying gravity

Well we all know gravity’s effect of pulling things down, raindrops fall and puddles seep into the ground below us.

But water does something else, something quite special, it rises as well. Water in the ground rises back to the surface – it’s called capillary action. But it doesn’t stop there, it keeps on rising into the air – that’s called precipitation. Now we might have words to describe what’s happening and we have the science to explain what’s going on. But to me it’s still quite a magical property.

Girl with a Rainbow
The magical rainbow – a true wonder

It’s invisible and full of color

In its normal state as a liquid, we can see through it. It’s probably why we have eyes. Eyes would not have evolved if their had been nothing to see if water was like a type of dye, heavily pigmented.

But then, after a rain shower and with the sun still in the sky it produces an arc so beautiful, that we give a name – the rainbow. The most wonderful natural wonder in the whole world.

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