Water Softeners Plumbing Solutions in Hampshire

Water Softeners plumbing solutions in Hampshire

Water Softener Installation and Maintenance

If you are looking for a plumber for Water Softeners, then look no further than Hampshire Plumbers. Our plumbers have extensive experience with Water Softeners and can offer a full range of plumbing supply, installation, maintenance and repair services.

Installation of the right water softener will result in contaminants in appliances being dissolved. In addition, water softening technologies can be used to great effect in the cooling system and steam boiler water treatment to eliminate corrosion and scale deposits.

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    Our experienced plumbers at Hampshire Plumbers will help you pick and install a water softener appropriate for your home. Our plumbing team will also explain the benefits of installing a water softener and provide sound advice regarding how to select the right model. Get a free quote today by calling 02380 970979.

    What is a Water Softener ?

    A water softener is used to soften water by removing minerals that render water rough. When water contains high levels of  calcium and magnesium, it’s called hard water. Hard water causes several problems you may have already experienced in your home. It complicates the process of dissolving detergent and soap in water, clogs pipes, and leaves water spots behind. This creates a scale accumulation within your pipes and water equipment, and, for example, reducing your water heater’s efficiency. This means heating water uses more fuel, resulting in increased energy expenses.

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    Why install a Water Softener ?

    Water is hard when it contains a lot of dissolved calcium and magnesium particles. Hard water can be a household problem as it can cause scales to build up within pipes, water heaters, kettles, etc. The scale does not conduct heat very well and reduces the flow due to buildup in pipes, causing pipes to get clogged. 

    Secondly, hard water reacts to form a sticky scum with soap, and it also reduces soap lather capacity. Since most of us like washing with nice, bubbly soap, it makes a bath or shower less effective and less enjoyable. 

    Hard-water solutions involve filtering water by distillation or reverse osmosis, both highly costly. A water softener can also be fitted, which is much cheaper.

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    Water hardness is measured as the degree of calcium and magnesium dissolved mineral salts and can be further categorised as temporary carbonate hardness and permanent non-carbonate hardness. 

    Calcium inconvenience and issues are well known and evident in many of the fixtures we use in daily life such as:

    • Boilers in steamers and hot water in refrigerating towers and humidification systems
    • Glasswashers, dishwashers, and water heaters
    • Espresso and coffee machines
    • Thermostatic valves, taps, pumps, mixer taps, etc.
    • Toilets, basins, bathroom surfaces, and showerheads

    Hardness interferes with the performance of most washing systems, used to wash things such as glassware and textiles, where the final consistency of the rinsing is important.

    In your house, the water softener must be plumbed into your water system above the main stop cock. Normally we leave some hard water in the kitchen either by leaving the cold as hard in the mixer bowl or by inserting a separate potable water tap. The tap on the outside and the supply to a fridge would also be kept hard where possible.

    The softener is most commonly used under the kitchen sink, but it can be installed anywhere best suited to  you and your home. This might be in a loft, outside, in a garage, or utility room, etc., and we provide an insulated cabinet for all external installations.

    Types of Water Softeners

    There are four different kinds of water softeners.   The four types of water softeners are ion exchange, salt-free, magnetic and reverse osmosis.

    The Different Types of Water Softeners:

    Salt-free water softeners are a customer-preferred type. Salt-free water softeners use a filter so they do not need any additives, potassium or salt. Which means minerals are not disturbed in the water. The only downside is they aren’t approved for very hard water.

    Ion exchange softeners exchange the sodium ions or potassium ions in the water. This removes the ions that influence water hardness, which can extend the use of dishwashers and washing machines. Because of the high sodium content, this form is not recommended for drinking water.

    Magnetic softeners utilise magnets in and around water pipes to change the water using a magnetic field. The downside is that after leaving the magnetic field, water will return to a hard stage within 48 hours.

    Reverse osmosis softeners employ pressure from a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities. It eliminates impurities by up to 98%.

    Benefits of Installing a Water Softener in your Home

    You will surely enjoy these benefits if you install a water softener in your home:

    • Shinier and cleaner plumbing fixtures, cars, tiles, mirrors, glassware, silverware, etc.
    • Smoother, softer hair and clean and softer skin
    • Reduced soap curd improves washing, and eliminates extra housework
    • Because of the rich lather softened water and soap provides, less soap and shampoo is used.
    • Hard minerals are not trapped in fabric and clothes become softer. Whites remain whiter and fabrics last longer.
    • Preserves the life of all water appliances such as laundry equipment, water heaters, dishwashers, ice makers, and coffee machines.
    • Saves energy costs and money and reduces device damages.

    Water Softener Installation with Hampshire Plumbers

    At Hampshire Plumbers, our experienced plumbers help you pick and install a water softener appropriate for your home. Our plumbing team will clarify the benefits of installing a water softener and provide sound advice when selecting the right model in Hampshire. If you need assistance in selecting the right system and installing the new system in your house, then our service is ideal. 

    Here at Hampshire Plumbers, we believe in providing not only a skilled installation service for water softeners in Hampshire but also excellent customer service. If you need a water softener in Hampshire, call us on 02380 970979 to get a quote now for free or talk to one of our team.

    FAQs

    A water softener is a device used for softening water and extracting the minerals that make the water hard.

    When the water is not soft enough, problems with the salt used should first be checked for, or malfunctions with the mechanical softener component. If those components do not cause satisfactory water softening, it may be time to replace the softener resin or the whole softener.

    We know from experience that most softeners and ion exchange resins last about 30 years.

    It is necessary to replace the lead pipe systems so that soft water can flow through them properly. While lead pipe systems may not cause a problem in hard water areas, replacing them is advisable anyway. When natural or artificially saturated water ends up in these lead pipe networks, this can cause lead pickup.