water softener


Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Fri May 02, 2008 1:35 pm

can anyone recommend a good water softener for use in a very hard water area, is there a particular brand/type to go for? are the magnetic ones any good and how much should i look to pay minimum?

just bought a new bathroom suite and shower enclosure with lots of lovely chrome and very keen to prevent that ghastly limescale build up!!!!!!

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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Tue May 13, 2008 12:28 pm

anybody??
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Postby htg engineer » Tue May 13, 2008 6:57 pm

It all depends on how much you want to pay for one. For a decent one they range from £90 up to £800 - £1000.

A magnetic one ? this is not a water softener it's a scale inhibitor.

Is it a softener you need ? or an inhibitor ?
Scale inhibitors vary in price too from £15 up

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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Wed May 14, 2008 3:14 pm

thanks for that htg engineer.

do you know if there is a unit that does both?

if not and i install a separate scale inhibitor, which should i put in line first - softener or scale inhibitor, or would it not make a difference?

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Postby htg engineer » Wed May 14, 2008 7:19 pm

Basically, the water softener does both, the scale inhibitor doesn't.

Found this on a site, may be of some help to you.

'1. Do you want to eradicate scum and have clear washing water that lathers easily and washes away cleanly?
2. Do you want water that feels soft and silky on your skin without bath oils or bubble baths?
3. Do you want to eradicate unsightly tidemarks round the bath?
4. Do you want to reduce the time it takes to clean the bath/basins/showers and sinks?
5. Do you want to realise savings of more than 50% on soaps, detergents and shampoos?
6. Do you want to make your hair soft and silky and easy to manage without the aid of expensive shampoos?
7. Do you want to improve the efficiency of your pipes and heating system and extend the life of your domestic appliances by removing all the scale build up in your system?
8. Do you want to make your laundry brighter and your glasses and dishes sparkle?
9. Do you want to make car washing easier, with the minimum streaking and spotting?
10. Do you want a low-cost way of preventing more scale build up in your pipes and hot water system and nothing else?

If the answer to any of these questions from 1-9 is yes, and the answer to question 10 is no, you need an ion-exchange water softener.

If the answer to all the questions 1-9 is no and the answer to question 10 is yes, you need a scale inhibitor.'

Hope this helps, I don't think you were thinking of your soft hair or silky skin (might interest the missus though ) it will protect your pipework and appliances.

Hope this helps
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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Thu May 15, 2008 11:04 am

[quote]Hope this helps, I don't think you were thinking of your soft hair or silky skin (might interest the missus though )[/quote]

at the rate my hair is greying its of no interest to me, but it will be a major selling point when justifying the cost to the missus!

thats absolutely what i wanted, thanks very much for a great answer!
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