When you live in a hard water area it can cause havoc with your appliances, create lime scale problems around your sinks and units, and make washing a nightmare. But water softeners can solve the problem easily – so what exactly does a water softener do?

What Is A Water Softener?

Water softeners are designed to remove the calcium and magnesium from hard water as it’s these minerals which cause the problems and create the limescale deposits which build up when using hard water.

A water softener works by removing ions in the water which are positively charged – these are the calcium and magnesium ions.

There are different types of softeners including manual systems and automatic systems and they are rated on the level of hardness they can remove.

The water softener system will collect the hard minerals within its tank before flushing them out into the drains.

A softener does not add anything into the water, it merely takes away the hard elements.

How Do I Set Up Water Softening?

If you live in a hard water area and have been experiencing problems commonly associated with this issue like appliances not working efficiently, or soap and detergents not dissolving effectively in your water when washing, then you need a water softener system.

There are automatic water softening systems which remove the hardening minerals by being connected directly to the water supply.

Why Do I Need Water Softening?

If you live in an area with these problems it is important to use water softeners as they will help improve your washing efficiency by enabling soap and detergents to dissolve and rinse more effectively.

If hard water is used in a house on a daily basis, it causes lime scale deposits within the pipes and plumbing systems. These deposits can cause blockages which mean appliances including boilers and heating systems, can’t work efficiently.

This increases energy use and therefore household bills go up, the appliances don’t work properly and can even break down altogether, including washing machines, dishwashers and boilers, none of which are cheap to replace.

As well as appliance difficulties, hard water deposits can cause blocked pipes to burst and leak, potentially creating further damage and problems for the householder. Using a water softener helps to avoid all of these problems.

It makes washing and laundry much easier and reduces household energy bills significantly by improving the efficiency of all household water-based machinery.

In addition, cleaning time is reduced with a softener – no more scrubbing at limescale or shower screens.

A softener will also remove limescale from pipes built up over time and after a few years, you will be completely limescale free.
Does A Water Softener Require A Lot of Maintenance?

No, a good water softener should last a long time, with little maintenance, other than topping up the salt levels. Otherwise, the automatic systems work with very little requirement for interference by the householder.


A water softener removes the hardening minerals from the water, reducing the risk of lime scale build-up in the pipes and appliances throughout the household. This improves machine efficiency as well as lowering the risk of any blockages or problems, and lowering energy usage and bills.