Up to, and maybe over, 60% of British homes receive what is called hard water. This is water that contains an excess of minerals. The build up and presence of these minerals is not at all hazardous to your health, but it can cause other problems for you.
These problems include white spots on your crockery and cutlery, white clothing that becomes off-white, stiff and sticky hair and even shortening the lifespan of your clothing. A water softener is the answer to your problems, should you have hard water.
A water softener will remove the excess minerals from the water. In this way, your new water softener will deal with and eliminate all the problems associated with hard household water. Aside from employing a water softener, you can also use chemical cleaners to remove the residue already left behind by the use of hard water thus far.
The biology of hard water
Hard water is water that contains high concentrations of calcium, magnesium and iron. Over time, the presence of these minerals stain sinks, bathtubs and basins. They can also lead to a build up of lime scale which can increase your energy usage by a whopping 25%. That is an entire ¼ of your energy bill every month that can be added on; money that is being wasted. A water softener will take care of all of this for you.
The most commonly known water softener is the system that uses a filter and brine tank. How this system works is that the water filtration material is loaded with sodium ions. When the water passes through the filter media, the minerals exchange places with the sodium ions and thus is removed from the water.
This type of water softener needs to be recharged every so often and this takes place by soaking the filter media in a strong salt solution in the brine tank. However, the drawback of this water softener system is that it can be costly to maintain and it leaves more salt (sodium) in the water after the softening process than there was before.
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