Water Softeners – for Hard Water Problems

How can Water Softener help you with your water problems.

The term “Hard Water” is often used today. But what does it actually mean?

The water where there is a lot of calcium or magnesium is called “hard”. Ions of magnesium and calcium have a positive charge. This prevents positively charged ions of other minerals from dissolving in hard water. These mineral ions under the action of heat, chemical agents can reduce effectiveness of laundry, harden the process of dish washing and bathing.

Hard water prevents soap from dissolving in pipes. Lime scale starts depositing in pipes, and hot boilers and tanks begin to work less effectively. And you need to pay for heating much more than when the water is soft.

Hardness of water is measured in milligrams of hardness per liter of water (mg/L). We can speak about hardness when ions are combined with sulfated, chloride and carbonate. To make the measurement easier the concentration is usually expressed in the equivalent concentration of calcium carbonate. In soft water there’s 0-17,1 mg/L. If these figures rise the water becomes hard (slightly hard water has 17,1 – 60 mg/L, moderately hard water has 60 – 120 mg/L, hard water has 120 – 180 mg/L). And when the concentration of harmful chemicals exceeds 180 the water is called extremely hard.

water softenerTo escape the negative effect of hard water softeners are used. These are specific devices that help to separate positively charged ions of calcium and magnesium. Water softeners used at home can be of 3 types – manual, semiautomatic and automatic.

To choose a water softener suitable for you we strongly recommend to follow some essential advice:

Brows our website and find out information about the water purification technology that the softeners are based on. Keep in mind that some technologies may be not so effective in Cyprus or our-of-date. It’s preferable to contact us , so that we can advice what are the updated methods for softening your hard water.
Check the quality of water before using a new unit and after installation of the device. That will show how effective the new unit is and whether it’s worth using it.
Examine the water problems beforehand, so that you know what type of softener you will need to buy.

Benefits of installing a softening device

There are many benefits to having a water softening system.

When you have a water softening system installed in your home, you’ll notice a big difference in cleaning. Dishes washed in hard water have a tendency to develop spots, streaks, and that familiar white residue left behind by soaps and detergents. Water softeners can help to rinse more thoroughly, getting rid of that soapy residue. You’ll notice less streaking and spotting when you remove dishes from the dishwasher. Laundry will be softer and brighter without that grey look. Babies and people with sensitive skin will have less chance of skin irritation caused by detergents that can’t be completely rinsed away by hard water. Skin and hair become softer and silkier. Did you know that you can actually use less soap and detergent with softened water? Over time, the savings add up. Showers, bathtubs and sinks no longer have that build-up of soap scrum and mineral deposits, making cleanup easier, and you don’t need special cleaning products to tackle them anymore.

Another benefit is extending the life of your appliances such as washers, dishwashers and hot water heaters. Hard water minerals build up inside, decreasing their efficiency and making them work harder until you have to replace them. A water softening system will help to keep them functioning properly for much longer, sparing you the expense and hassle of replacing them more often. You may be surprised to learn that soft water heats more quickly in your hot water heater than hard water. This improved efficiency can save you money on your electric bill by reducing the amount of energy you use. It’s also something you’ll really appreciate when jumping in the shower on a chilly winter morning!

Water softening systems can also benefit your overall plumbing by reducing mineral deposits and corrosion. Over time, the deposits can obstruct the flow of water and cause clogs. Your fixtures, faucets and shower heads can become unusable and need to be replaced.

The same soapy film that builds up on your dishes can build up on skin as well, clogging pores and keeping the skin’s natural oils from reaching the surface. This can aggravate skin conditions such as acne and eczema. While you should always consult a medical professional for help in treating skin diseases and conditions, softened water does a better job of rinsing the skin and removing traces of soaps and cleansers without leaving behind residue. You may notice an improvement in the look and feel of your skin.

How does a water softening system work?

In a nutshell, it works by exchanging calcium and magnesium ions in the water for sodium or potassium. Sodium and potassium both dissolve easily in water so don’t leave behind the residue and build-up that calcium and magnesium do. Most areas in Cyprus have hard water, because the water runs through limestone deposits, it picks up minerals and metals and carries them right into your home.
Hard water It’s so unpleasant, and can cost you hundreds or thousands of euro for repair or replacement of appliances, as well as time and energy working harder than you really need to. A professionally installed water softening system can make more of a difference in your daily life than you ever thought!

Our Best Selling Water Softener:

At the moment this is our best seller water softener: Water Softener 25lt Compact

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