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Reduce scaling
Greater life expectancy and efficiency of heater elements
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Water softeners

Hard water is caused by rain and surface water dissolving mineral salts such as calcium and magnesium from local rock as it passes through. This solution of water and salts forms hard deposits of ‘scale’ within water systems particularly when heated, typically affecting kettles, showerheads, hot water tanks and central heating systems. This scale reduces the efficiency and life expectancy of the units whilst also requiring more energy to heat the water. Soaps and detergents do not work as well with hard water, so larger quantities are needed. Scum deposits are formed in baths, showers, toilets and basins, which are difficult to remove. Dishwashers and washing machines fed with hard water need significantly more maintenance and cleaning to work efficiently. There are no limits for hardness in the drinking water standard, however anything over 120ppm is considered to be hard.

Benefits of installing a water softener

  • Save up to 40% of the energy required to heat your water
  • Reduce detergent consumption by half
  • Prolong the life of household appliances and pipes that use water
  • Individuals with sensitive skin benefit from softened water due to the reduced amount of soap required for washing, less soap means less drying of the skin caused by the removal of natural oils
  • Drinking softened water is acknowledged as having no immediate side effects and in some cases can prove beneficial. We do however recommend a hard water drinking supply with every installation or a blend valve to provide a balanced supply

The first step is to have the water tested, from the results we will be able to advise and design a suitable treatment system.

Our domestic water softeners come in two sizes, 14-litre and 30-litre. The 14-litre is ideally suited to a small household, the 30 litre is designed for a larger household or excessively hard water; both softener systems come with a by-bass valve to aid maintenance and removal. We are able to supply other sizes but these are made to order.

FWT supply water-softening salt in 25kg small tablet form.

Further information is available

Background information on Water Softeners

Data sheet for Cabinet Softeners

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