People who already enjoy the benefits of soft water often forget how lucky they are. They take for granted frothy soap lathers, smooth clothing, and ultra soft towels.
Perhaps people who live in hard water areas have got used to the disadvantages and are not aware of what they are missing. Hard water means scale building up around taps, in sinks, chrome pipes and shiny surfaces. Meaning additional washing powder or soap is needed to clean properly. Hard water is tougher on the skin, hair and clothing. It may form a scum deposit on your hot beverages and ugly bath rings!
Most of the damage caused by hard water however is unseen. Limescale deposits will form on elements, pipes and boilers. These deposits reduce the efficiency of heating elements as more power is needed to heat through the scale. This will mean higher electricity bills. The damage caused to the element means that it will need replacing if not de-calcified regularly further adding to parts and maintenance costs.
Untreated water will cause problems to dishwashers, washing machines, espresso machines and other equipment. It will clog up pipes in plumbing and central heating systems, again reducing efficiency and adding to costs and attract expensive repair bills.
Soft water however, means luxurious soapy lather using only a small quantity of soap or detergent. It ensures softer sheets, smoother feeling clothing and fluffy bath towels. Soft water is kinder to the skin and hair too. It means no ugly smear marks on glass and chrome surfaces. It also limits damage to heating elements and stops shower heads and taps scaling up.
Surprisingly, very few people that have a new bathroom fitted will also fit a water softener. A costly bathroom suite will only look good for a month or so before hard water has its evil way. Soon after, areas of scale will start appearing on once shiny surfaces, water flow in shower heads will reduce and taps will fur up.
To sum up, a water softener will save on cleaning materials, soap and detergents. It will ensure surfaces remain clean and shiny. It will protect electrical appliances (using water) from damage and maintain their efficiency. A water softener will also protect plumbing and central heating systems and make clothing, hair and skin feel softer.
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