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What is a Water Softener

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What is a Simplex Water Softener

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What is Water Softening Resin

Water Softening Resin Selection

What is Ion Exchange

What are the advantages of having a Domestic Water Softener

What is Softened Water

What is Hard Water

What else will a Water Softener Remove

Do Water Softeners need to be Serviced

Disinfection treatment explained

Why is hard water a problem

What should be done if water is found to be hard

What should I look for in a Water Conditioner

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What is Hard Water?

We call water ‘hard’ if it contains a lot of calcium or magnesium dissolved within it. Domestically, hard water causes two problems.

It can cause scale to form in the inside of pipes, water heaters, kettles and so on. The calcium and magnesium precipitate out of the water and sticks to things. Eventually, pipes can become completely clogged.

It reacts with soap to form a sticky scum and therefore reduces soaps ability to form lather.

To correct all the problems of hard water, it is essential to either filter the water by Distillation or Reverse Osmosis. These processes will remove the calcium and magnesium from the water.

The outcome of this would be achieving a production of soft water. An alternative option is filtration. Although affective, filtration would be extremely costly to use throughout the household on a regular basis.