DO YOU HAVE TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A SOFTENER?

  • Misted glasses, streaky plates, and spotted and stained utensils
  • Blocked showers and shower heads
  • Leaking ball-valves
  • Scaled up cylinders and immersions
  • Dull finish to the bath, basin etc.
  • Tide lines around your bath and basins
  • Spots and stains on the shower screen
  • Low water flow out of the hot tap because the pipe is scaled up
  • No lather when you wash
  • Dull and dingy clothes

HOW A SOFTENER CAN IMPROVE MY LIFE?

Firstly, you can say goodbye to limescale that collects around your kitchen and bathroom. This means that cleaning time is reduced, less cleaning product is needed, and bathrooms and kitchens are left looking better for longer.

Secondly, water-using appliances will last longer, perform more efficiently and need less frequent repair as limescale will no longer cause faults by building up inside.

Thirdly, your daily bathing regime can be improved as with soft water, shampoos and conditioners last longer and make hair easier to clean, softer and shinier – whereas hard water minerals can leave hair greasy and roots dry and brittle. Studies have found that softened water can also help alleviate symptoms from skin conditions as minerals in hard water have a drying effect.

There is a variety of water softeners available - check our buying guide for more information.

HOW BIG IS A SOFTENER? WHERE CAN IT BE FITTED?

A water softener should usually be fitted at the point where mains water enters your home. Most conveniently this will be under the kitchen sink or tucked away in a utility room or garage. Smaller units can be fitted under a sink and start from around 45cm high, 20 cm wide and 40 cm deep. Larger units can be around 90cm high, cm wide and 47cm deep and may require a different location, particular if they combine softening with other functions such as chlorine removal. Larger units require more space and are more expensive but allow a higher flow rate and greater softening capacity.

WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO WITH MY SOFTENER?

Most softeners just require a periodic top up of salt. This is readily available and it is recommended you check your unit once a week to see when a top up is needed, much like with a dishwasher. Some softener manufacutrers may recommend a periodic service for some units.

WHERE CAN I BUY A SOFTENER?

You can contact a BEAMA member directly. They will either sell direct, or put you in touch with a recommended dealer or installer who supply softeners on their behalf.

 

Homeowners & Consumers

Benefits on cost, comfort and convenience

A water softener will bring daily and visible benefits to householders who currently use hard water. Using softened water prevents limescale from building up because the minerals that cause it are removed. The result is longer-lasting appliances, fewer costly repair bills and happier homeowners. Simple to install and easy to conceal within a cupboard or loft space, investing in a water softener will soon seem like a daily luxury if you have struggled with hard water.  Click here to find out how a water softener works.