Hard water problems and 5 reasons you should install a water softener in your home or business

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One of the most common complaints among homeowners and tenants is the poor quality and pressure of water. Hard water may be the reason behind this and can also cause a range of other issues around the home and your business.

If you have considered installing a water softener system, but are not entirely sold on its benefits, here are five reasons why water softeners are a worthy investment.

What Exactly is a Water Softener?

The water that flows into your home or business is called "hard" because it contains a high concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium ions. Over time, these minerals become solid deposits and clog pipes, which reduce the water pressure.

Hardened minerals in hard water also attach to the elements of boilers and other water-heating appliances, damaging them over time. Hard water also affects the efficiency of other appliances like dishwashers and can leave hard-to-clean residue in bathrooms and kitchens, and stains on fabric.

A water softener is a system that cleans and removes these destructive minerals from your water. These efficient water systems can easily be installed in the home or business and continue cleaning your water for up to 20 years.

Minimize Plumbing Problems with a Water Softener

As mentioned, removing minerals from hard water with a softener can keep scale from building up in your pipes. Soft water is gentler on water systems and can help prevent unnecessary and costly plumbing repairs.   

Protect Your Appliances with a Water Softener

The same scale that builds up in pipes also attaches to the element in your water heater. Hard water also reduces the efficiency of ice makers, dishwashers, coffee makers, and other appliances. Softening your home's water can prevent damage to your appliances and increase their lifespan.

Businesses can benefit greatly from installing water softeners, as they can protect your entire water system as well as heating appliances like boilers. A softener filters out minerals through a process called ion exchange, which keeps minerals from calcifying and damaging your equipment. Softeners can also keep fuel consumption low for longer.

Keep Your Home Clean with a Water Softener

Have you ever noticed a slimy film on shower curtains or residue in your bathrooms and kitchen despite cleaning? This might be a result of hard water. A water softener system can extract minerals that cause this residue and leave your property looking cleaner than before.

Protect Your Skin and Hair with Softened Water

Water with a high calcium and magnesium content can cause your hair and skin to become dry, itchy, and brittle. Soft water does not cause this effect. With a little water treatment, your home can have water that is gentler and safer to use.

If you would like a water softening system that softens all water except drinking water, you should speak to our consultant about this option.

Preserve Fabrics and Clothes with a Water Softener

If your water contains high amounts of calcium and other minerals, you are likely to notice stains on clothes, linen, and other fabrics. Hard water also binds with fatty acids in soaps and detergents, forming an insoluble substance that wastes soap and leaves your fabrics looking dull.

Installing water softeners can easily remedy this problem by filtering out hard minerals. However, if your water's iron content is unusually high, you may need a system for reverse osmosis.

Water softener systems are one of the most valuable contributions to the water industry. Simple, efficient, and cheap to maintain, they can remove minerals from hard water to prevent damage to your plumbing, appliances, fabrics, skin, and hair. Feel free to browse through our products and choose the best water softener system for your home or business.

Contact Friendly Water independent water treatment experts for an impartial advice on a water softener or a water filtration system best suited for your home and budget: 01932 245 200.

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