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Water Conditioner

Water Conditioner are designed to remove excessive magnesium and calcium ions in any household water supply. These magnesium and calcium ions are then replaced with sodium ions. When water contains large amounts of minerals such as magnesium it is commonly known as ‘hard water’. Hard water is more difficult to use for household tasks such as cooking and washing. The minerals in this water will also stick to pots and even pipes, eventually causing them to clog up.

Some of the benefits of using a Water Conditioner can be found below:

  1. The slippery feeling when showering is reduced, the shower head stays free of lime scale, soap and shampoo is easier to lather and hair has more lustre, clothes feel fresher and the iron will no longer clog with scale.
  2. The use of washing powder and soaps is usually reduced while swimming pools and spas stay clean and clear with smaller quantities of chlorine and purifiers.
  3. Conditioned water 'feels' softer, less detergent and soap is needed and often the film on the water surface is reduced.
  4. It softens and removes existing lime scale from pipes, heating elements, appliances, showers and taps.
  5. Conditioned water is not only safe to drink, it tastes better too.

Salt is used every time a Water Conditioner regenerates and therefore it must be checked regularly for replenishment as necessary. Any type of salt may be used, including rock, solar or evaporated. Rock salt is the cheapest option, but not as soluble or effective as evaporated or solar salt.

Hard Water Areas
Depending on where you live you may have hard or soft water in your area. The majority of drinking water in the UK is moderately hard to very hard. There are some areas of soft water, particularly Wales, Cornwall, Devon and parts of North England.

Below is a map of hard and soft water areas in the England and Wales.

Map showing hard waters areas in the UK