What is a water softener? Why do you need soft water? And if there’s soft water, there must be hard water, right? Look no further, we will be covering all those answers, right here.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water with high levels of Calcium, Magnesium, and other salts, and it’s labelled ‘hard water’ due to the high concentration of unwanted minerals. Hard water is found all over South Africa and if you ever wondered why your soap is not foaming up the way it’s advertised or your skin gets dry frequently, hard water is typically the culprit.
Signs of hard water in your household:
The appearance of spots on glassware and silverware after you’ve just done the dishes
The feeling of film on your hands (or face) after washing them
The appearance of mineral stains on your clothes once they have come out of the washing machine
Kettle interior gets caked with a hard, off-white substance called limescale
Shower door stains
Low water pressure
What is Soft Water & Why Do You Need A Water Softener System For Your Home?
Soft water is water with a really low concentration of Calcium, Magnesium, salts, and other ions. Have you ever wondered why your hair feels thicker or your bathtub is extra bubbly when you’re on holiday? It’s probably due to soft water. Soft water is soft to the touch (yes, literally) and does not damage your household appliances as much as hard water would because this type of water has a low mineral composition and typically extends the longevity of your plumbing, kitchen and bathroom appliances. It is also much better for your hair, skin and clothing.
Signs of soft water in your household:
A healthy lather formation when washing the dishes, clothing, and your hands.
No mineral stains present after washing your clothes.
Fabrics come out soft from the washing machine.
Healthy water pressure.
Now that you know there are two types of water, let’s take a dive into what water softening is and what the benefits are in having a water softener installed in your home.
What is Water Softening?
A whole-house water softener system works by filtering hard water through a resin media. The resin is a sticky, insoluble substance made from organic materials that is positively charged with sodium ions. I know! But stay with me here. The concentration of sodium replaces the high levels of calcium and magnesium in your water.
Yes, this might sound like a tricky system, but that’s why we have great engineers and great after-sales service at H2O|BWT. We have crafted the perfect system to install into your homes.
[Note: Please consider using a licensed plumber or our H2O | BWT technicians when installing products to your plumbing systems. We can help you with this. Find your nearest store for advice.]
Benefits of Water Softeners
1. Soft Water Is Better For Your Appliances And Pipes
Soft water ensures that there is no scale build-up in your appliances and pipes (hard water typically leaves this behind) and this helps maintain functionality and appliance efficacy. This also reduces future scale-related problems in your plumbing.
And guess what? This also means that you will spend less time cleaning. No need to rewash your dishes and clothes, or spend hours trying to scrub soap scum off your shower walls, faucets, and sinks.
2. Soft Water Helps You Get Softer, Healthier Skin
If you’ve always been exposed to hard water when washing your skin, you might not know of other ways it could feel. You might have also come to the realisation: ‘hey, I just have dry skin’. If so, you may be surprised to know that the type of face/body wash you use, the brands you use, or a genetic predisposition to dry skin are not the only things to blame. Yup, hard water is often the main culprit! Water softeners remove the high concentration of minerals (Magnesium, Calcium, Salts, other ions) which makes it more gentle on your skin. If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or other related skin conditions, and are looking for ways to aid your conditions, this might be your answer.
[Note: Please consult with a doctor if you are seeking help to treat any skin conditions]
3. Save Some Money With Water Softeners.
If you’re looking for more than health benefits, this would probably be your favourite reason to get a water softener. Water softeners help reduce energy consumption, reduce the frequency of breakdowns, significantly reduce the costs associated with repairs, and increase the life of your appliances. Let’s get into the science: Heat cannot be conducted through Calcium. And if you are thinking to yourself, ‘why would this matter?’, The build-up of scale that takes place due to hard water is occurring on any elements that are heating water. If the build-up on the element is high, the harder it has to work to heat your water through the calcium, which means that it would need more energy. Energy spent = Money spent.
4. H2O | BWT Water Softeners Are Easy To Maintain.
You’re so far loving hearing about the benefits of owning your own water softener, but you’re maybe not sure if you want to go that extra mile to install and maintain a water softener. Do not stress. Our water softeners are easy to maintain. No need to turn the system on/off – once it’s installed, it’s ready to use and you’ll be able to reap the benefits of making a good decision.
Water Softener System Costs
You’re ready to purchase your first water softener system but are clueless about water softener prices and costs. A whole house water softener system uses nearly no electricity! We have a range that goes from R13 000 to R24 000 and during this Winter 2021, you are able to purchase a domestic water softener system and receive free products worth R7000.