About Water Softeners
Many areas of the country suffer from what is known as ?hard? water. This is simply water that contains naturally occurring dissolved minerals, such as calcium. The calcium can cause deposits to build up inside plumbing and in appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, kettles and irons. This in turn can lead to a decline in performance or even failure. Hard water can also have an unpleasant aftertaste and make washing more difficult. A host of water softener technologies are available to address these problems. They all work by removing the minerals in the water but do so in different ways and are therefore suited to different applications. Water softener salt, for example, can simply be added to dishwashers to remove the minerals.
Drinking water filtration systems use simple filters to remove minerals and other impurities from water, leaving soft and pure drinking water. More sophisticated solutions, such as a magnetic water softener or non-electric water softer system can be added directly to the water supply. This type of unit works by removing minerals from the mains water supply before it reaches taps or other supply points. A system like this can be effective in providing soft water for use in appliances around the home and also for drinking water. Depending on the degree of water hardness in the supply and the result desired, there are many different water softener solutions to suit any situation. Softened water will avoid damage to appliances and be more pleasant to use as drinking water.