A water softener is a mechanism for taking hard water minerals out of the water supply. Water softeners work by passing incoming feed water through the internal cylinder, stripping the dissolved hard water minerals from the water. Water softeners attach directly to the mains water supply and feed the water back into the water supply to supply all appliances and equipment required with softened water. Water softeners come in various shapes and sizes depending on the requirement for softened water for domestic or commercial use. In this post we hope to answer:

5 litre water softener

Do I need a water softener?

If you live in an area where the mains water supply provides hard or medium hard water then a water softener could benefit you. Not sure if you live in a hard water area then use our postcode checker (link) to see how hard your water really is.

Issues relating to hard water:

When hard water makes its way through the mains water supply and into our homes for cleaning, washing and heating is when problems caused by hard water can arise. Millions of people in the UK receive hard water in their supply with London and Ipswich having particularly large areas with very hard water. When hard water molecules are warmed up in dishwashers and any home appliance the hardness can precipitate as scale.

Scale is not something you want in your home for numerous reasons including blocking and damaging pipes, reducing the effectiveness or braking household appliances including the boiler.

Common hard water and Limescale issues are:

    scaled up heating element

  • Boiler Breakdown
  • Blocked valves
  • Less efficient appliances
  • Higher electricity and gas bills
  • Limescale build up
  • Longer cleaning times
  • Poor surface appearance (chrome work)
  • Reduced bores in pipe work

 

Benefits of softened water:

Soft water reacts differently and is much more effective when it comes into contact with cleaning chemicals present in dishwashers and washing machines. Washing with softened water results in cleaner and brighter glassware, silverware and mirrors. Laundered clothes are softer and last longer with whites staying brighter. Save time on household cleaning as soft water is preferable to mix with cleaning products and does not leave scale marks or lines.

Softer water helps prevent limescale forming that can cause in-efficiency and breakdowns in appliances such as boilers, dishwashers, and washing machines. Softer, more energy efficient water saves you money on energy bills and costly repairs or replacements. Soft water lathers much better with soaps and shampoos leaving skin and hair soft to the touch. Hard water does not wash away soap as effectively as soft water and therefore does not remove dirt or irritants from your skin as easily which can lead to dry or irritated skin and damaged hair.

All benefits of softened water:

  • Savings on energy bills
  • Longer living appliances such as dishwasher, boiler and washing machines
  • Time saving when cleaning with softened water
  • Softer laundered clothes
  • Hair and skin is softer to the touch
  • Brighter glassware, silverware and mirrors

softened water glassware

How exactly does a water softener work?

Incoming hard water is taken into the cylinder inside the water softener. It passes through a resin inside the water softener containing ion exchange beads. The resin beads are packed with sodium ions (Na) which hard water minerals such as magnesium (Mg) and Calcium (Ca) are attracted to, react with and exchange places with the sodium (Na) ions. The water is then pushed out of the water softener back into the ongoing water supply leaving the treated water with harmless sodium ions in it instead of hard water causing minerals.

A certain amount of water can be softened before the system reaches its maximum capacity and no longer has any sodium ions to exchange. After the maximum litre capacity has been reached (each softener is different) a salty brine solution will wash over the ion exchange resin to regenerate the Sodium ions (Na) and removes the hardness minerals such as Magnesium (Mg) and Calcium (Ca). The water softening process is now reset and is again ready to start the exchange process with the incoming feed water all over again

How do I know what’s best for me?

We offer both domestic and commercial water softeners. The compact range is designed specifically to fit in very small spaces, with smaller sized water softeners also designed to fit snugly under the kitchen sink or in a cupboard hidden from view at home. The larger sized capacity water softeners are bigger in size and perfect for large homes or commercial settings where a lot of softened water is required.

Choosing the right size softener depends on a number of things. Every softener has a set capacity of water it can soften before it needs to refresh the resin. Working out daily usage can be tricky, so to make it simple we have categorised our domestic softener range into the following options depending on average water usage for how many people live in the household.


1-2 person water softener

1-2 Person Compact Premium Household Water Softener (5 Litre)

This metered mini water softener is a perfect domestic choice that’s size means it fits easily under the sink or in a cupboard. The compact water softeners range is ideal for a flat, apartment or household with 1-2 persons living in it.

Dimensions: 465mm H x 280mm W x 450mm D designed to fit standard kitchen or cupboard sizes which are usually 600mm x 600mm

Features a digital display and the manufacturer has pre-set the metered salt regeneration for optimal results meaning it is a low maintenance softener with little initial setup.

Free installation kit and Free shipping to UK mainland addresses

All our water softeners come with everything you need to install and salt is included for you to start benefiting from softened water immediately.


 

2-4 person water softener

2-4 Person Compact Premium Household Water Softener (10 Litre)

Metered, mini version of our 10 litre water softener features a reduced unit height to ensure it fits easily under the sink or in a cupboard. This compact water softener is ideal for a flat, apartment or household with 2-4 persons living in it

Dimensions: 500mm H x 280mm W x 480mm D designed to fit standard kitchen or cupboard sizes which are usually 600mm x 600mm

Features a digital display and the manufacturer has pre-set the metered salt regeneration for optimal results meaning it is a low maintenance softener with little initial setup.

Free installation kit and Free shipping to UK mainland addresses

All our water softeners come with everything you need to install and salt is included for you to start benefiting from softened water immediately.

 

2-4 person premium water softener

2-4 Person Premium Water Household Softener (10 Litre)

Metered premium 10 litre water softener ideal for a flat, apartment or household with 2-4 persons living in it due to the 1,500 litre capactiy.

Dimensions: 580mm H x 280mm W x 450mm D designed to fit standard kitchen or cupboard sizes which are usually 600mm x 600mm. We do also offer a compact version of this exact water softener that has a reduced height here

Free installation kit and Free shipping to UK mainland addresses

All our water softeners come with everything you need to install and salt is included for you to start benefiting from softened water immediately.

 

4-5 person water softener

4-5 Person Premium Water Household Softener (14 Litre)

14-litre metered water softener is a perfect domestic choice for a household with 4-5 persons living in it as it features a large capacity of 2,250 litres per regeneration.

Dimensions: 625mm H x 280mm W x 450mm D. This size softener is getting to the size where it may not fit in a standard kitchen cupboard so measuring is required before purchase.

Digital display and manufacturer set metered salt regeneration results in optimum salt efficiency and a low maintenance DIY Water softener.

Free installation kit and Free shipping to UK mainland

All our water softeners come with everything you need to install and salt is included for you to start benefiting from softened water immediately.

 

5-6 person water softener

5 – 6 Person Premium Household Softener (18 Litre)

This 18-litre metered water softener is suitable for both domestic and commercial use. A household with approximately 5-6 persons living in it would benefit from this softener as it has a very large capacity of 3,000 litres before it needs to regenerate.

Dimensions: 625mm H x 280mm W x 450mm D designed to fit in a large cupboard or cabinet.

Features a digital display and the manufacturer has pre-set the metered salt regeneration for optimal results meaning it is a low maintenance softener with little initial setup.

Free installation kit and Free shipping to UK mainland addresses

All our water softeners come with everything you need to install and salt is included for you to start benefiting from softened water immediately.

 

7+ person water softener

7+ Person & Commercial size Premium Water Softener (23 Litre)

This 23 litre metered water softener is ideal for both large domestic properties for 7+ persons and can be used in commercial applications such as dishwashers, glasswashers, laundry equipment and heating systems as it has an extremely large capacity of 3,750L.

Features a digital display and the manufacturer has pre-set the metered salt regeneration for optimal results meaning it is low maintenance with little initial set up.

Dimensions: 735mm H x 280mm W x 450mm D the unit height is designed to fit in a large kitchen cupboard or for commercial use please ensure the softener will fit in the space provided.

Free installation kit and Free shipping to UK mainland addresses

All our water softeners come with everything you need to install and salt is included for you to start benefiting from softened water immediately.

 

Types of Water Softener:

There are two types of water softener relating to how it is programmed to regenerate the resin, metered regeneration and timed regeneration.

Metered regeneration:

All of our water softeners are metered regeneration systems. We have chosen this so that the softeners can be pre-programmed at the time of manufacture to make it simple and easy to use. Metered regeneration occurs after a pre-set amount of water has passed through the resin. The benefit of a metered water softener is that it will regenerate once the capacity usage is reached.

Timed regeneration:

An alternative to a metered water softener system, you programme a set time to regenerate and once the specified time to regenerate has come, the water softener will regenerate automatically.

Maintenance & Installation

Maintenance:

All water softeners require water softener salt to regenerate the resin as salt is made up of sodium ions (Na). Salt types vary depending on your softener system. All of our systems require tablet salt to refresh the resin and a bag is included free with any water softener.

The water softeners need access to an electrical socket which needs to be considered when selecting a place to install, this also means no replacement batteries are required. All machine functions are taken care of automatically by a pre-set sophisticated metered controlled valve. Superior performance is achieved by the more expensive, finer and more efficient resin contained within the vessels, which results in more softened water for every kilogram of salt.

Installation

All of our water softeners come with everything you could need to install the water softener, fill with salt and start benefitting from softened water immediately. Full installation instructions are included inside all of our water softeners.

water softener installation instructions

All of our water softeners are pre-packed with all of the hoses and installation components required to be fitted as shown above onto a 15mm (UK standard) pipe including:

  • Hoses and Connectors
  • Drain Hose
  • Jubilee Clip
  • Water Softener Salt

15mm Install kit:

  • 2x Compression Tee – 15mm with 3/4″ Male Tap
  • Non Return Valve
  • Compression Ballofix 15mm
  • Compression Equal Tee 15mm

Warranty:

All our metered water softeners come with a 24-month warranty and guarantee from date of purchase. Within the pack there is a service card that can be completed and sent to our service partners for extra piece of mind.

Free Delivery

We offer free delivery on the full range of water softeners if ordered to mainland UK.

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