Do I Need A Water Softener?

We believe a water softener is a great investment for any home and have become Harvey Dual Flow installers to prove it.

Here in the South East of England, where water hardness is particularly high it is even more beneficial.

Hard water contains high traces of calcium and magnesium ions, which can create limescale and have a damaging effect to the internal heating and plumbing systems of your home, as well as limiting the effectiveness of soaps and cleaning products. By comparison, soft water doesn’t contain these elements, and as a result, households with water softeners installed are capable of saving a considerable sum of money throughout the year for a variety of reasons.

A water softener is a great addition to any home for many reasons. Don’t believe us ask the suppliers or our experts.

1. Save money on soap, washing powder and other cleaning products.

You will require less cleaning products to perform a good wash as soft water has no impurities.

2. Improve the efficiency of your heater.

Hard water can wreak havoc on your heating system thanks to scum and scale deposits that could lead to blockages and cause damage to your boiler. Soft water with eventually dissolve away scale, remedying the problem completely; this combined with a power flush would make your heating system more efficient than ever.

3. Improve your skin and provide relief from skin conditions.

Hard water can exacerbate eczema and other dry skin conditions due to the excessive amount of soap and cleaning products needed to create an effective lather for a thorough clean.

Additionally, clothing washed in soft water often feels softer, which can lessen the abrasive feel of starchy clothing and therefore keep skin complaints at bay.

4. No more bad hair day.

Soft water will do wonders for skin care, and that deep clean will also provide a noticeable difference in the vitality of your hair. When magnified, each hair comprises millions of tiny little scales. Hard water makes these scales stand out from the shaft, leaving your hair more able to get tangled and feeling rough. With softer water, there will be significantly less limescale deposits left in hair, and due to less interaction between the minerals and the hair itself, hair will be left feeling a lot smoother.

5. Spend less time cleaning.

Most of us will be familiar with putting in a bit of elbow grease when it comes to cleaning. Soft water can sometimes increase the ease of dirt removal by 50 per cent, and it’s great for rinsing as it doesn’t leave streaky residue too. With hard water it is more difficult to produce an effective lather to remove dirt and stains, and on smooth surfaces the mineral deposits can produce a spotted appearance.

6. Laundry comes out brighter, glasses and dishes regain their shine.

Usually, as a result of washing with hard water, clothes become dull and weathered, whites turn to grey and colours will fade. Similarly, dishes and glassware will also lose their sparkle. Conversely soft water maintains the appearance of clothing and kitchen ware.

7. It’s better for cooking and making drinks.

Hard water is usually preferred for drinking purposes. It’s mineral content gives water the closest thing it has to taste! However for making drinks, like tea or cocktails, soft water is usually considered superior. Soft water is a more effective solvent and this can be seen when used with soap but it also equally applies to cookery and mixed drinks. For instance, adding stock to soft water will greatly enhance the flavours and aromas.

8. Protect your appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.

As mentioned, hard water can cause blockages in your plumbing through the deposition of limescale. Soft water by comparison can provide a long term remedy to these kind of deposits.

9. Enjoy showers and baths with silky smooth water.

Going from a hard water bath or shower to a soft water wash, you will instantly notice the difference in the quality of the clean and the sensation. It is often regarded as a luxurious experience, a perfect way to unwind at the end of the day relieving the stress and fatigue of everyday life.

10. Reduce streaking and spotting when you wash your car.

For car enthusiasts, one of the worst offences of hard water, is the chalky residue it can leave on your car after washing. Damaging the paintwork of the vehicle and generally reducing the visual impact. As soft water does not carry any of the impurities, it is the solution to wash your car with.

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