I supply and install watersofteners for domestic and commercial applications. Comercially, I sub-contract to several large Water Treatment Companies covering the whole of the UK, for their water softener service and repair work. I am able to be onsite for water softener repairs typically within 48 hours and I am usually able to repair softeners on the first visit, depending upon the fault. I have repaired and installed softeners as a subcontractor for such businesses as TGI Fridays, Edinburgh University, Omega Proteins and New Brittain Palm Oils.
A water softener is a unit that is used to soften water by removing the minerals that cause the water to be hard. When water contains a high level of calcium and magnesium it is called hard water. Hard water constitutes several problems throughout your home that you may or may not have noticed. Hard water is known to clog pipes, complicate soap and detergent dissolving in water, and leave behind water spots. It creates a scale build up inside your pipes and water appliances reducing the efficiency of water heaters and boilers. This means more energy is used to heat water which will result in increased energy expenses. Soap is also less effective in hard water because it reacts to form the calcium or magnesium salt of the organic acid of the soap. Skin washed in hard water is typically reported as feeling scratchy and dry as a result of the soap scum. Hair washed in hard water is often reported as being dull-looking. People who live in hard water areas may experience a few of these hard water results and others may be accustomed to the feeling of their clothes, bedding, skin and hair after washing. It is mostly important to protect your home with softened water to prolong the lifespan of pipes and home appliances from scale build up and clogging.
Hard water can be treated with a water softener to reduce the negative impacts of hard water. Water softeners are specific ion exchanges that are designed to remove ions which are positively charged. Anti-scale systems transform calcium ions into calcium crystals which are stable and cannot attach to pipes, surfaces, hardware or other fixtures. The crystals are so small they are easily rinsed away by the water flow. They are harmless, neutral, heat resistant and completely stable and will not attach to any surfaces like your pipes and heaters to cause lime deposits.
Water treated with a water softener versus untreated hard water has many benefits:
- Cleaner and shinier silverware, glassware, mirrors, tiles, cars, or any plumbing fixtures.
- Softer skin and clean, smooth hair.
- Reduced soap scum makes cleaning easier and reduces the usage of detergents.
- Uses less soap and shampoo because of the rich lather softened water and soap produces.
- Softer clothes without hard minerals trapped in the fabric. Fabrics last longer and whites stay whiter without the dingy grey caused by hard water.
- Preserves the life of all water appliances such as coffee machines, ice makers, dishwashers, water heaters and laundry equipment.
Save money on monthly energy costs and damages to appliances.