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Why do you need a water softener?

Posted on March 25th 2019

In the south of England hard water is worse than anywhere else in the UK so for anyone who lives in the southern counties and London, lime scale is likely a big headache. This is why you could benefit from a water softener in your home.

What is hard water?

Hard water is formed when rain water flows underground, collecting minerals as it goes. The ground in the south of the country contains lots of calcium and magnesium and these minerals, when water evaporates, makes calcium carbonate or limescale. Limescale can cause damage to any appliances that use water such as your washing machine, dishwasher and of course, your boiler.

Limescale looks unsightly, leaving white marks and build-up wherever it is present, including the sinks, bath, shower screens and around taps. Cleaning this, as you are probably too well aware, is a nightmare.

In addition, hard water can reduce the effectiveness of your detergents, while also mixing with the detergent to create soap scum, which is why you might find that your clothes feel stiff and rough after washing or why your hair seems dull and lifeless after washing.

Why a water softener?

A water softener could solve all of these problems, extending the life of your appliances, while making every day washing and cleaning easier, and saving you up to 50% on cleaning products!

A water softener works by converting the calcium and magnesium into more benign sodium and other minerals, in a process called ion exchange. A softener will dissolve existing limescale and remove any harmful minerals from your appliances, thus improving the life span.

Diamond Gas & Heating offers top-quality water softeners and installation by one of our fully trained and accredited engineers. Get in touch to find out more about the benefits today.