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It’s true to say that sometimes the simplest of pleasures are the best. The smile of a young child, a walk along the coast, a flower. But today I’m going to talk about soft water.

Why is soft water one of the simplest pleasures? After all water is just water right? Well yes and no. You have to experience it to appreciate the difference between normal water and soft water. One way is to wash or bathe in each type to feel the difference.

Most people will have heard of the terms hard water and soft water. But they don’t know exactly what they mean?

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Soft water is pure water or as near pure as it can be. This means that it contains no other substances dissolved within it. Rainwater is a good example, although some places will experience acid rain because of industrial and urban pollution.

Hard water, on the other hand, is water that picks up minerals on it travels through porous rocks, sediments and along rocky river beds. These minerals, compounds are mainly calcium and magnesium, these are what makes the water hard.

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And hard water, although not a health problem, is not as good as soft water. Hard water slowly but surely hits you in the pocket. You see these minerals are only taking a ride. They come out of solution along the way and end up as deposits that we call limescale. This effect gets worse as the water is heated, we get more limescale. Exactly the conditions going on your hot water systems, washing machines, dishwashers, and so on.

The limescale reduces the life of these appliances which you have to replace more frequently and that costs money.

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But there is a solution to remove these minerals from your domestic supply. You can install a water softener. Like the ones shown here Whole house water softener Kits
These will fix the problem on entry to your property. The devices they’re small and compact, you won’t notice they are there and they’re silent as well.

But how do you know you have hard water in the first place? Well that’s easy. Just look for white/greenish/blueish chalky substances around taps, shower trays, inside kettles. If you see these white hard deposits, then you’ve got hard water. Dealing with it by installing a domestic water softener will save you money in the long term.

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