Why have a Water Softener?
Apart from the lovely feel of using softened water you will also find:
- Approximately 50% less detergent is required.
- Softened water will remove scale from your pipes and can increase the life of your boiler and other domestic equipment such as washing machines and dishwashers.
- Showerheads, taps, valves etc will not scale up like they currently do.
- The savings on cleaning products, detergents, washing up liquid etc will more than pay for your annual salt costs and also eat into the capital cost of having a water softener installed.
- The softener will be installed with hoses and valves so it can easily be removed and taken with you if you decide to move house.
Is it better to drink hard water?
Some studies have shown it is better to drink hard water however it is not harmful to drink soft water and you may find soft water tastes nicer.
We do however recommend a hard water tap remains after installation and this may be achieved by fitting an additional tap to your sink or by a new 3-way tap or by by-passing the cold water tap at your sink.
How do water softeners work?
A water softener works by passing the incoming hard water through a sealed cylinder (or perhaps 2 cylinders) which contain thousands of tiny resin beads. The beads attract the Calcium Carbonate (hardness) which gradually coat over the beads. Periodically the beads become saturated with hardness and need refreshing hence the need for salt. After rinsing them with a weak solution of brine (salt water) and disposing of the waste water down the drain the beads are ready to carry on softening your water.
All of this process is automatic so you don’t have to do anything. When the resin beads need refreshing is determined by the softener and it will just start up the process. All you need to do is top the softener up with salt occasionally.
So why doesn’t softened water taste of salt?
At no time does any salt enter the water supply. The resin cleans the hardness, scum and scale from the water supply and when required the salt or brine cleans the resin. So the nasty hardness and the salty water are simply and harmlessly flushed down the drain.