What is soft water? Well, Soft water is when all the minerals are taken out of the water through a filtration system. Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. It is formed when rainwater (which is naturally ‘soft’) passes through sedimentary rock containing limestone and chalk. Along the way to the underground wells and reservoirs the calcium and magnesium minerals dissolve into the water making it ‘hard’.
Water softeners reduce the amount of limescale in your home. Less limescale means longer life for appliances, greater efficiency in your heating and healthier skin and hair. This in turn can save you money and create a happier household.
There are various systems of water softening. The first is a system that using salt to remove certain minerals from the water. The second is a magnetic filter, a magnetic water softener uses electromagnetic coils to separate certain particles that cause the hardness, from the water. It is effective only on water that comes within the reach of the magnets, so can potentially be limiting. There are also I-on exchange softeners and reverse osmosis softeners.
However, we recommend block salt softeners as they are the most convenient and can usually be fitted under the kitchen sink. They can be stored in a utility room or garage and once installed the only running cost is buying the salt. Using block salt will work out at around £2 per month per person, they are worth the investment as softened water does offer some significant benefits. Ultimately a water softener can be a great addition to your plumbing system.
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