The outstanding benefits
of having a soft water supply at home are very well documented...
they include significant financial gains from descaled pipes and much more
efficient water heating, the convenience of permanently sparkling
taps, shower heads, sinks and baths and the personal pleasures of
bathing in soft water and experiencing "softer"
feeling clothes, towels and bed-linen. Fox & Co can fit all types of
Water Softeners, give us a call for more info.
See some of the benefits
- Soft water will:
- The removal of
existing scale from your hot water tank and associated
pipework (saves on repairs and maintenance).
- Sinks, taps,
toilets, shower--screens and bathrooms will keep scale free (no
more ugly white stains to wash off).
- Showerheads will
never have to be unpricked again.
- Softwater is a
natural conditioner for fabrics, hair and skin and can help
dry skin conditions such as eczema.
- Reduction of
soaps and detergents up to 75%
(use one tablespoon of washing
powder for your washing machine).
- Lovely rich
lather and crystal clear water with very little soap required.
- Softwater is
also kinder to heating systems, washing machines and
dishwashers making them last years longer.
- No more messy
scum, save on cleaning times.
It's easy to forget how
important water is in our lives. Of course we need it in our diet, but in
our homes, it's a tool--a fluid medium that carries material from one place
to the next. And one of the reasons it does this job well is that it's very
good at holding things, either by suspending them or dissolving them.
Unlike most tools, though, water
doesn't come with an instruction manual. If it did, you'd know why the
dishes you thought were washed are covered with spots when dry, why the
water in your shower leaves a film on everything it touches, and why what
you thought was clean water has clogged up your plumbing system.
Water passing through the
mineral tank loses positively charged calcium and magnesium ions to
negatively charged plastic beads. The brine tank holds a salt solution that
flushes the mineral tank, replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium.
A meter at the top of the mineral tank regulates recharging cycles. The
valve assembly routes water flow for each phase of the regeneration cycle
The Solution Is The Problem
While water is in the ground, it picks up soluble bits of whatever it
passes through. While this can mean contamination that makes the water unfit
to drink, in many cases it simply means that the water contains minerals
found in the earth. Of these, calcium and magnesium are of particular
importance because they affect the water's ability to function in our homes.
These minerals make our water hard.
In addition to affecting the
actual washing process, insoluble soap deposits leave spots on everything
you wash--from your dishes to the family car--and a soap film will build up
in your bath and shower.
Another reason to be
concerned about hard water is its effect on your plumbing system. Calcium
and magnesium deposits can build up in pipes, reducing flow to taps and
appliances. In water heaters, these minerals generate a scale build up that
reduces the efficiency and life of the heater.