Softened water can reduce expensive engineer callouts in domestic and commercial appliances by eliminating the build-up of limescale in pipes and on heating elements Water Softeners Hub. How can water softening salt combat these hard water deposits to save you time and money, and are there any other benefits to using softened water?
According to water industry guidelines, hard water in the UK is a supply which contains more than 200mg/l of calcium carbonate. Around 60% of domestic water supplies in the UK are within the hard water category, with many more in the medium-to-high bracket, making water softening salt a necessity for almost every home in the country.
Hard water is rich in calcium and magnesium which can quickly cause scale to develop on any surface it touches, whether it is a sink, a toilet or a more costly central heating element, and even dishes, glasses, hair and skin.
The British Water Quality Group estimate that just 1.5mm of scale can reduce the efficiency of your boiler by almost 10%. Obviously, a boiler working inefficiently means you are not getting value for money on your heating.
Water Softening Salt Keeps Your Boiler Working Efficiently
A softening unit will use salt to create a concentrated sodium solution within the unit to wash itself periodically and flush away the build up of hard water minerals. Not only does the solution improve the efficiency of appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters, but can extend their lives and reduce expensive maintenance costs.