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Water Softener

Water Softeners are designed to remove excessive magnesium and calcium ions in any household water supply. These magnesium and calcium ions are then replaced with sodium ions.

When water contains large amounts of minerals, such as magnesium, it is commonly known as hard water. Hard water is more difficult for household tasks, such as cooking and washing. The minerals in this water will also stick to pots and even pipes, eventually causing them to clog up.

Some of the benefits of using a Water Softener can be found below:
  1. The slippery feeling when showering is reduced, the shower head stays free of lime scale, soap and shampoo is easier to lather, and hair is more luster. Clothes feel fresher, and the iron will no longer clog with scale.
  2. Using washing powder and soaps is usually reduced while swimming pools and spas stay clean and clear with smaller quantities of chlorine and purifiers.
  3. Conditioned water feels softer. Less detergent and soap is needed, and the film on the water surface is reduced.
  4. It softens and removes existing limescale from pipes, heating elements, appliances, showers, and taps.
  5. Conditioned water is not only safe to drink, but it also tastes better too.

Salt is used every time a Water Softener regenerates. Therefore, it must be checked regularly for replenishment as necessary. Salt may be used, including rock, solar or evaporated. Rock salt is the cheapest option, but not as soluble or effective as evaporated or solar salt.

Hard Water Areas
Depending on where you live, you may have hard or soft water in your area. Most drinking water in the UK is moderately hard to very hard. Some areas have soft water supplies, including Wales, Cornwall, Devon, and Yorkshire.

Below is a map of England and Wales showing hard and soft water areas.

Map showing hard waters areas in the UK