Do I Need a Water Softener? Soft Water Benefits
Crusty deposits on taps, blocked shower heads, scaled shower screen, boiler breakdowns& heating issues, damaged home appliances, dry skin, eczema, brittle hair ... even limescale in cups of tea – the effects of hard water are obvious & speak for themselves.
Should You Invest in a Water Softener?
Not to mention, they could be costing you hundreds to thousands of pounds in damages over the years.
A water softener is the only permanent way to remove hard water for good...
A high-quality system can last anything from 10-20 years and can prevent and reverse limescale damage. Not only that, but soft water has many benefits including:
- It completely removes limescale from your water.
- It prevents blocked pipes, taps & showerheads – it can even break down existing limescale build-up.
- Protects your boiler from internal scale damage.
- Lowers energy bills by 20-64% and increases your heating efficiency.
- Protects home appliances and increases their life expectancy.
- Naturally cures eczema and makes your hair super soft.
- It can lower your household shopping bills by reducing the amount of washing detergent and showering products you use by up to 50%.
- You won’t need to buy expensive cleaning products or waste excessive time cleaning limescale.
How Hard is My Water?
If you're unsure about whether or not you have hard water or you want to know the hardness reading. We offer a free home water hardness test. Enquire below to find out more information.
The Price of Hard Water & Limescale
If you have hard water, the truth is you need a water softener or the hard water damage will be inevitable. Over the years hard water can build up and end up costing you a lot of money. Examples of these costs are:
- Damage to your bathroom and kitchen. Sinks, taps, showers, baths, tiles and glass surfaces.
- Broken home appliances. Replacing washing machines & dishwashers can cost £300 - £2,000.
- Boiler repairs or replacements. Replacing a boiler damaged by hard water can cost anything from £600-£2,500.
- Tap & shower replacements. Limescale blocks shower heads and taps.
- Expensive cleaning products and descalers. An excess additional costs to your household shopping bill.
- Double the amount of washing powder, shampoos & soaps.
- Higher energy bills. With energy bills already at an all-time high, no one should be paying more than they have to.
- Eczema, dry skin & hair. Require expensive skincare products and treatments.
A water softener is a long-term investment that can actually save money and prevent the unnecessary costs of hard water damage.
"In fact a water softener can save over £400 off household bills and 20-64% off energy bills”.
Commonly asked questions...
How does a water softener work?
Hard water is water containing an excess of calcium & magnesium minerals. When installed, a water softener intersects your main supply of water.
It contains an internal resin filled with tiny beads. This resin filters out the hard minerals and replaces them with soft sodium ions. When the resin is full, the system uses salt water to clean itself, flushing the waste down the drain.
When can I expect to see results?
You'll notice the benefits of soft water almost instantly. Your water will feel different and lather with soaps & shower gels.
Your glassware will be stain free and your skin & hair softer.
And what about existing limescale?
Soft water can remove existing limescale in your pipes over time, avoiding limescale damage.
Water descaler Vs water softener
A water softener uses sodium ions to completely remove limescale & flush its hard minerals down the drain. Unlike a water softener, a water conditioner or descaler does not remove hard ions from your water supply.
It changes the chemistry by adding more ions to the water. The water is still hard and causes damage. Descalers cannot soften or remove hard water ions. They are ineffective for areas with very hard water.
Is a softener better than a descaler?
A water softener is better than a descaler in many ways. A softener totally removes hard water and limescale. The soft water it produces doesn't just protect your home from damage, it has a whole range of benefits that can actually save money in the long run.
Not only that, but a good quality water softener system is built to last 10-20 years.