Benefits of a Water Softener
Hard water is called hard due to the presence of large amount of calcium and magnesium deposits which come from chalky ground. Rain water falls as naturally soft, however it picks up these minerals by the time it arrives at our kitchen tap. Whilst not damaging to our health, these minerals cause limescale. That is also why some areas of the UK do not suffer from hard water at all, whereas some areas are especially bad – holiday in Cornwall or Scotland and you have naturally soft water, come to Norfolk or Sussex and you can really feel the problem.
There is a myth that soft water is not safe to drink. This is not a problem with Kinetico softened water as these are the only non-electric softeners guaranteed never to get any salt into your system. There is a very slightly enhanced level of sodium in softened water but to put it into context, there is less sodium in softened water than in a pint of milk or in 2 slices of white bread. Kinetico softened water is well within the World Health Organisation requirements on sodium, we say it is purely down to personal choice as to whether people drink the water or not. Rest assured though that we can help with filtered drinking water systems as well if that is what is required.
Read on to learn how water softeners can benefit you:
Banish limescale forever
Hard water tends to leave limescale deposits on taps, sinks and pipes. These deposits are not only ugly to look at, but may lead to line blockages. They also speed up corrosion. What this means is that the whole plumbing network of your home is at risk.
A water softener reduces the hardness of the water, and enhances the life of your plumbing substantially. You also don’t need to deal with the scaly, mineral deposits spoiling your bathroom fixtures anymore.
When washing clothes or dishes in hard water, you will often find small mineral deposits leftover in the form of spots or streaks. Water softening stops this from happening and even helps your soap or washing powder lather more easily. More lather means easier cleaning and less use of soap.
Soap also tends to interact with the minerals to form soap curd, a slimy substance that is incredibly hard to wash away. Water softening can eliminate the accumulation of soap curd in your sinks and bathtubs, making them much easier to clean.
A Better Bathing Experience
As mentioned before, soft water lathers better. This is not only for soaps, but also applies to shampoos, face washes, and shower gels. You need a good lather to be able to enjoy your bath. Also soap curd can become very hard to wash out of hair or the skin. It can cause irritation to the skin and scalp, leading to weakening of hair, skin allergies and hair loss in the long run. You need soft water to avoid all of this.
Increase the Life Expectancy of Water-Using-Equipment
Equipment like dishwashers, boilers, heaters, washing machines, sprinkler systems, anything that uses water is at risk from hard water. The minerals in the hard water can block pipes, corrode and damage valves and fixtures, and overall severely affect the equipment’s functionality. Not only do you have to cough up for repairs more frequently, but you will have to make significant investment in replacing your machines at regular intervals too.
Using water softeners can enhance the life of your appliances. You save repair and replacement costs, plus the headache of dealing with repairmen on a more regular basis.
Maintained Efficiency of a Heating System
You can save up to 25% energy by making sure that your heating systems are working efficiently. Hard water makes your machines work harder. Take for instance a water heater. A heater needs to heat water to a certain temperature to do its job. When it is dealing with hard water, it also needs to heat up the excessive mineral content along with the water. The boiling temperature of hard water is higher than soft water. In short, the water heater needs to do more work to make hard water reach the required temperature. Consequently, energy consumption goes up.
By using water softener, you can maintain the efficiency of your heating systems, conserve energy costs and have a greener home all at the same time.
Softer, Brighter Clothes
Hard water tends to leave behind impurities that can become ingrained within the fibres of clothes and make them lose their original soft feel. Fabric becomes hard and rough, feels uncomfortable on the skin and looks worn out. Minerals may react with the colours in the clothes and cause them to fade. Washing clothes in hard water is also much harder work due to the presence of soap curd. You may need more than one wash to get the job done. Using a water softener can help preserve the quality of your clothes and get them clean faster.
Save up to £400 a year on household costs
You can decrease your household running costs quite substantially by using a water softener. You’ll need less laundry detergent and bleach while washing your clothes. Most detergents that you’ve been using probably have chemicals in them to combat the hardness of water. Now, you can go for the less expensive variety and much smaller quantities and still get quality washes. Similarly your household costs for bathing soaps, shampoos, and dish washing soaps decrease. In fact, you can reduce the consumption of all of these items by up to 75%.
Your clothes and linen replacement costs go down. Your plumbing repair costs decrease since you are no longer dealing with the damaging mineral residue that hard water leaves behind. Water heaters and boilers consume less energy for the same output when dealing with soft water. So, you save on gas and electric bills as well. To top it all off, all your household equipment that uses water will operate at increased efficiency, with lesser breakdowns and longer lives. In addition, any limescale present in your pipework will be gradually dissolved to leave your home totally limescale free.
Alleviate eczema and dry skin conditions
Eczema, psoriasis or dry skin conditions are often genetic and triggered by external stimulants like dust, chemicals or heat. Chemicals contained in soaps and detergents can cause these skin conditions to flare up. When using hard water, excessive amounts of strong washing agents are needed to do the job. And even then, repeated washings are often necessary. This can exacerbate eczema.
We’ve already talked about soap scum and how no matter what you do, small quantities of it will always be left lining the surface of dishes and clothes. When this soap scum comes into contact with the skin, it is bound to cause irritation.
Water softeners can help relieve the symptoms of eczema by removing irritants from the equation. Soft water can also stop the symptoms from intensifying. You will start to feel your skin getting smoother and less itchy. The problem with eczema is that the more you scratch, the worse it gets. By using soft water, you won’t feel the need to scratch any more.