Do I have hard water?
This map shows hard water areas in England and Wales. You may already known if you have hard water but if you want confirmation, please ask your local water company. You can find them in your local phone book or yellow pages.
Should I use a water softener?
The government leaflet on Water Hardness
has this to say: "
This is a matter of personal choice. A softener will improve the efficiency and increase the life of appliances using hot water. It will make lathering easier and reduce tide marks on sanitary ware. Some people with skin conditions, such as eczema, have fewer problems if they use soft water for washing. But if you do install a water softener you should make sure that you have a supply of un-softened water for drinking and cooking."
Save money with a softener.
Limescale in your heating system forms between your hot water and the pipes it runs though, insulating the pipework from the hot water, and reducing the amount of heat that enters your home. This forces your boiler to work harder to heat up your home, using more electricity or fuel, and taking longer to heat your home. Eventually appliances and pipework have to be replaced as scale builds up. Just 3.2mm (1/8") of scale will increase your fuel bills by 25%. Installing a water softener will pay for itself sooner than you think and you can enjoy the benefits of softened water without worrying about limescale. A water softener also removes your home's existing scale.
Water softeners have other benefits.
It's not just about saving money. A water softener can give you better tea and coffee by eliminating scale in your kettle, extend the life of your washing machine and dishwasher, reduce tide marks in baths and basins, and reduce white spots and evaporation marks on your taps, showers, tiles and showers. A water softener can also help with some skin conditions, but do get your doctor's advice before installing a water softener for medical reasons.
HomeWater water softeners.
There are many reasons to choose a HomeWater water softener:
- HomeWater water softeners are small, efficient, reliable and quiet.
- They are designed and built in Britain.
- Free commissioning: after installing your softener you can phone HomeWater and they will send a fully trained engineer to check everything and commission your new water softener, completely free of charge.
- DIY installation: If you can install a washing machine, you will be able to install a HomeWater water softener.
- WRAS and IPHE approved.
- HomeWater's after sales service to second to none, and has been one of the most important factors behind their success.
Which water softener is right for you?
Comparing water softeners
Water Softener Comparison
| ||HomeWater 100 ||HomeWater 300 ||HomeWater 500 |
|Suitable use ||1-5 person property. |
1-2 bathrooms on a direct system.
|1-11 person property. |
1-2 bathrooms on a direct system.
|1-20 person property. |
1-4 bathrooms on a direct system.
|Power Supply ||240v ||None needed ||None needed |
|Operation ||Timer ||Internal meter ||Internal meter |
|Working pressure ||1-8 bar ||1-8 bar ||1-8 bar |
|Flow rate ||3 to 50 l/min ||3 to 50 l/min ||10 to 80 l/min |
|Inlet ||3/4" bsp male ||3/4" bsp male ||3/4" or 1" bsp male |
|Outlet ||3/4" bsp male ||3/4" bsp male ||3/4" or 1" bsp male |
|Overflow ||1/2" hose barb ||1/2" hose barb ||1/2" hose barb |
|Drain ||1/2" hose barb ||3/8" push fit ||1/2" hose barb |
|Max temperature ||20°C ||20°C ||20°C |
|Min temperature ||Do not freeze ||Do not freeze ||Do not freeze |
| Dimensions ||485H x 440D x 250W mm ||485H x 440D x 250W mm ||485H x 440D x 250W mm |
|Additional salt tank ||no ||no ||390H x 440D x 250W mm |
|Salt per regeneration ||500g ||350g ||900g (adjustable) |
| Regen water volume ||30 litres ||26 litres ||35 litres |
|Salt storage capacity ||20kg of tablets ||15kg of tablets ||25kg of tablets |