Hard water problems – the 5 most common ones and how to fix them

Hard water problems – the 5 most common problems associated with hard water and how to fix them. Hard water is a source of many problems for homeowners. But did you know that you can hire a plumber to turn your hard water into soft? Here in the South London area, the best plumber for advice and service (including installing a water softener) is us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

Hard water problems – the issues caused

The types of problems that hard water causes include:

  • Hard water means that you will use far more soap and detergent, because it makes lathering that much more difficult.
  • The chemicals in hard water generate a horrible scum ring in sinks and baths.
  • Hard water causes spots and streaks to manifest themselves on all glassware and plates.
  • Hard water also makes washing your hair and your skin that much more difficult.
  • Hard water causes a build-up of limescale in all appliances that use water, including, kettles. Hot water boilers and water pipes.

But the good news is that you can have your hard water softened, and this is one of the many services that we provide for homes and business owners in South London, here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

There are several ways of softening hard water. These include putting the water through a distillation process, and something called reverse osmosis. However, the problem with these methods is that they can be expensive. It is less costly to have a water softener installed.

Things to consider when installing a water softener

There are a number of water softeners on the market today, and if you have hard water and you want it converted into soft, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating can help you to choose the right one for your home or place of work.

Size matters

The first, and one of the most important considerations when looking to buy a water softener, is its size. If you buy and have one installed that is too small in size, the water will pass across too rapidly, which will mean that it will not produce 100% soft water. On the other side of the coin, if you go for one that is too big, it will lead to the water channelling through the resin.

Here are a number of points to be taken into account to help to determine you pick the right size.

  • Determine the diameter of the pipe to which the softener is to be connected
  • Carry out a water hardness test to establish the degree of water hardness
  • Measure the incoming water mains pressure. If below 1 bar, the softener might not function; if above 5 bar, a pressure valve may have to be fitted to reduce water pressure
  • Make sure the installation site doesn’t have any hot areas near it, as heat could cause damage to the water softener’s valve
  • Establish the maximum flow rate
  • Determine the size of the premises and how many people live there. The average personal allowance is 150 litres per day
  • Ensure that the installation is in a place where the softener can be easily topped-up with salt, and that it is readily accessible should any repairs be necessary

Types of water softeners

There are two types of different water softeners. One is what is called a metered softener, and the other, a timed softener. Metered softeners measure the amount of water used, and based on the measurements, will regenerate at various times accordingly. Timed softeners regenerate on a specific day no matter how much water is used.

Once installed, softeners start to produce softened water straight away. However, if the household or premises is one that has a cold water storage tank, it can take as long as 4 to 5 days for 100% softened water to be on tap.

Call CW Services Plumbing and Heating

For more information on water softeners, or for help in choosing the right softener, or for organising an installation throughout the London area, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184.