When I was a child, my parents had a water softener installed in our house. They were told that the benefits were great. Softer water meant softer clothes, less limescale and cleaner kitchen and bathroom ware. The other thing it was supposed to do was help our skin but, in fact, it did the opposite and we had to have it removed.
Of course, things have come a long way since I was a kid and many things have evolved. Including water softners. So, when EWT Water Specialists approached me to review and test out a softener in my home, I was interested to find out more about the benefits.
We live in a hard water area and I have really noticed it since we moved to Somerset. The water was OK in Berkshire without any signifcant limescale build-up so it was a bit of a shock to the system to see how our kitchen and bathroom fittings were standing the test of time due to this.
In no particular order, here is a list of benefits that a water softner offers:
1. It Saves You Money
According to research carried out by EWT, you can reduce your gas, oil and electricity bills by as much as up to 30 per cent when you start using a softner. It reduces maintenance costs as the softer water helps to prevent limescale build up and, even reduces it over time. Also, following independent research on the benefits of a water softener, it has been proven that a water softener will pay for itself in a time period of 7 to 8 months. It also means that over £500 can be saved annually on detergents, heating and appliances by using water softeners.
2. Limescale Elimination
As per my last point, it gets rid of limescale. One of the worst culprits is on our shower head. Our shower isn’t that powerful as it is but with the build up of limescale, it makes it an awful lot worse!
3. Cleaner Fixtures, Fittings and Appliances
One of things that I have had to use is limescale removing products – and even then, no matter how much I scrub, there is still residue left behind on the taps, sinks and our shower door. EWT told me that my household cleaning time can be reduced by over 50 per cent (yes please!) when you have softer water as it will mean that the fittings and appliances will come up cleaner.
4. Softer Skin
It has been proven that hard water is not good for sensitive skin. This is an area where Grace has suffered all of her life with various forms of eczema and a condition called Keratosis Pilaris (a dry skin complaint which results in little bumps on the skin). From having a water softener, it will mean that your skin becomes naturally moisturised and smoother.
Our water softener was fitted just over a month ago, but I have taken a video of the effects of limescale on our house before we started to see if any of the benefits listed above took place.
Tomorrow I shall be sharing my ‘before’ video with you showing you all of the fittings and appliances prior to the water softener being fitted. Coming up, I will share a video of the installation of the softener, where it resides and how I run it and, in the near future, I hope to be able to bring you an ‘after’ video of the appliances as they are now.
In the meantime, the kind people at EWT Water have agreed to let my readers have a free water test kit to see if you would benefit from a water softener in your home. Simply follow this link and fill in the form.
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Disclosure: We were supplied with a Gold Series 606 water softening system in return for a series of posts regarding it’s usage and effectiveness. The opinions and images we share are honest and not influenced in any way.