Do you live in a hard water area? (please see map)
If you live in a hard water area did you know that when it begins to rain the water falling from the clouds is absolutely soft and it’s not until it reaches the ground that it begins to absorb the minerals found within the soil.
If you live in a soft water area – generally Cornwall, Scotland parts of Wales and Ireland, the composition of the earth is made up of hard stone, for instance, Granite, which means the rain water will simply run off just like water runs off a kitchen granite worktop.
HOW DO THEY MEASURE HARD WATER
The hardness of your water is calculated in many ways but the most used measurement is parts per million calcium magnesium (ppm CaCo3)
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SOFTENED WATER AND NATURAL SOFT WATER
Naturally soft water is found in Cornwall, Parts of Wales and Scotland if you have been on holiday to these areas you would certainly have noticed softer skin and used less soap and shampoo. With soft water you will also notice your bathroom and kitchen stays cleaner and brighter for longer.
Softened water from your water softener machine is much softer than natural soft water this is because it uses a process called ion – exchange to soften the water.
Installing a high quality water softener means you would use as much as 50% less soap and detergent than if you lived in a naturally soft water area and more if you live in a hard water area.
A high quality water softener will typically pay for itself within three – six years.
WHAT CAUSES WATER CONTAMINATION
As our population grows we are becoming more aware of our quality of water through the use of agricultural land, pollution and sewage which overtime has led to an increasing amount of bottled water being sold and a large amount of plastics making their way to landfill sites. Therefore, if you wish to have a clean, fresh supply of drinking water in your home we would advise you to have either an inline drinking water filter or you could choose a system called Reverse Osmosis which filters and purifies as you need it.
It is a fact hard water damages your heating system.
The science is quite interesting, as you heat your water up the invisible chalk from your hard water will start to change its structure, it will begin to cling together which will produce lumps and layers of scale.
HARD WATER V SOFT WATER – THE COSTS
In a standard British home, water causes damage to your appliances which can be as much as £13.00 per month in early replacements, so this can add up to
If you purchase a high-end quality water softener you will protect your appliances, save money and your softener will begin to gradually dissolve the existing lime scale too.
YOUR GAS BILL
Installing a high quality water softener you can begin to save money on your gas and heating bills. This is because with hard water forming scale on the inside of the copper pipe, the heat cannot penetrate the copper walls of the pipes which in turn means 25% less efficiency.
Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis affects one in five children in the UK but can also affect adults.
Eczema causes the skin to become red dry cracked and itchy, this can be particularly upsetting for a child.
Hard water can be an environmental trigger for many people who suffer from eczema and for many people a water softener can improve their skin condition. A new study, to be published later this year, will be able to tell us more.
There are many ways in which installing a water softener may be able to help you save money using less soap, shampoo, washing powders and less cleaning products.