A water softener is used to soften hard water by removing the hardness minerals magnesium and calcium. Water softener salt is used in domestic systems and is also ideal for a wide range of commercial applications.
A water softener offers multiple benefits, including savings on heating bills, easier bath and sink cleaning, savings on cleaning materials, brighter glassware and crockery, a softer finish to laundry and less maintenance of water appliances as this reduces limescale.
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Water Softeners Information
A water softener is often the solution of choice for removing hardness minerals from mains water supplies. If left in the water, hardness minerals (usually calcium and magnesium) build up and form limescale (scale) inside pipes and on water heaters, kettles, espresso machines and other water fed equipment. They also reduce soap's ability to lather, meaning it is less effective in showers, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines.
How a water softener works
A water softener works by passing the hard water form the water supply through a salt resin solution inside the water softener system. As the water passes through the salt an ion exchange takes place taking the calcium and magnesium (hardness) out of the water and leaving this behind with the salt in exchange for harmless sodium ions going into the water. The new, softer water progresses into your domestic appliance benefiting them in different ways.
When the salt solution becomes saturated a brine solution washes over the salts to regenerate the system by removing the exchanged minerals from the resin and flushing them to refresh and regenerate the salt solution. This is done by using one of the following methods: a timed regeneration, a metered regeneration or a metered with proportional regeneration.
Advantages of using a Water Softener
- Longer appliance lifespan
- Improved appliance energy efficiency
- Easier bath and sink cleaning
- Savings on cleaning materials
- Brighter glassware and crockery
- Softer finish to laundry
We offer a range of both meter and timer controlled water softeners which are suited to both domestic and commercial applications. If you're unsure on which system is best for your requirements, please contact us and talk to our expert team.