• FAQ

    Hard Water FAQ

    What is hard water?
    How do I know if I have hard water?
    What should I do to treat my hard water problem?
    Whats the difference between conditioned water and softened water?
    Will a water softener or conditioner provide treatment in water boiler systems?

    What is hard water?

    Hard water is water that contains high amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

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    How do I know if I have hard water?

    You should speak to your water provider, who will be able to tell you the degree of hardness of your water. Alternatively you can obtain a testing kit and find out for yourself.

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    What should I do to treat my hard water problem?

    In our opinion, the most comprehensive, and least expensive solution would be to install an electro-magnetic water conditioner. We recommend Water Imp, who offer a range of competitively priced conditioners.

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    Whats the difference between conditioned water and softened water?

    In softened water the calcium and magnesium content is replaced with sodium. In conditioned water, the calcium ions are altered in such a way that they remain in suspension as small particles. Both methods prevent the formation of crystaline deposits (limescale) in pipes.

    With conditioned water you have the added benefit that the calcium remains in the water, which is a good dietry mineral.

    With softened water you have the problem that the sodium content of the water is increased which may make is unsuitable for drinking.

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    Will a water softener or conditioner provide treatment in my water boiler system?

    Yes, an electro-magnetic water conditioner will not only prevent limescale from building up, but will also, over time, remove existing limescale from within your water boiler system. We have no data for water softeners.

    If you are interested in purchasing a water conditioner then visit Water Imp who are our suggested supplier.

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