What is Hard Water?
Hard water is your standard tap water in some area’s that has higher levels of calcium and magnesium dissolved in it. These minerals come from the kind of rock the water filters through before it gets to water-treatment plants and your taps. Hard water is harmless to drink, but it’s the main cause of scale build-up and erodes pipes and households appliances over time.
The Problems with Hard Water
The majority of common heating problems are the result of scale build up over time, from radiator blockages to stained shower screens the list of problems goes on. You benefit from saving a significant amount of money if your not living in a hard water area, think about all the cleaning products and time you’ll save. Lucky for us technology has come along way and theirs solutions around hard water.
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Water Softener Technology
Water Softener Technology has been around since the early 1900, They involve a process called ‘ion exchange’ which uses an ion exchange resin that contains specially formulated tiny polymeric beads which generate an ion charge. As mains water passes through the resin the calcium and magnesium ions which are in hard water swap places with the sodium ions on the resin. Sodium salts, unlike calcium and magnesium, are highly soluble so sodium does not cause scale. When all the sodium ions have been exchanged for calcium or magnesium, the resin is then regenerated with more sodium ions. This is done by flushing the resin with salt solution (brine).
UK’s Leading Water Softener
Although the basics in water technology hasn’t really changed, the efficiency and size of water softeners has varied throughout the years. For residential properties the options are fairly limited as it all comes down to space and the majority of good water softeners are pretty big. All besides Harveys Water Softeners which is why they are UK’s leading water softener manufacture and why always recommend them to our customers.
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