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Why Do We Need Water Softeners?

Hard water contains dissolved minerals which are not present in soft water and it is these which give hard water it's particular characteristics such as scale and scum formation and difficulty developing soapy lathers.  The minerals that contribute to water hardness are calcium and magnesium, mainly in combination with bicarbonate, sulphate and chloride.

The calcium in hard water reacts with soaps and detergents making it difficult to develop a good soapy lather and instead can produce a scum either on the surface of the water or around basins or baths. When hard water is heated over 61c the balance between dissolved minerals are upset and the bicarbonate converts to carbonate. This leads to the precipitation of calcium carbonate scale, commonly called limescale.

What Are The Benefits?


Softened water provides real cost savings in service, maintenance and replacement of water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and showers, as well as extending their lives.  Softened water will improve the efficiency of hot water and heating systems.  With even the smallest amount of lime scale can cause a reduction of efficiency by as much as 10%.  Softened water can also reduce the costs of washing products such as soap, wash powder, shampoos and conditioners as they will lather much more quickly in soft water than hard water. Softeners have also proven to help with skin related conditions such as eczema.

Dishes will sparkle and shine when they come out of the dishwasher, greatly reduced streaks when cleaning either your car or your windows and there is definitely nothing better than showering and bathing in soft water.

Compact and easy to install under kitchen sinks
Improve efficiency of heating water
Helps with dry skin conditions
Extend the life of dishwashers
Reduced streaking and spotting
Real cost savings.

What Water Softeners Do We Install?

Harvey's Water Softeners DualFlo system is one of the most popular in the UK.  They have very low running costs and have an entire range that covers smaller properties to much larger. Harveys Water Softeners are a UK company that have been at the forefront of and have a well established name for quality water softening products.

 Capacity (Litres)Number Of Bathrooms
DualFlo Block Salt Softener50L / Min1-2
DualFlo Tablet Salt Softener50L / Min1-2
DualFlo Aquamax 1" Softener with separate salt tank80L / Min3-4
DualFlo Big Blue80L / Min5+

DualFlo water softeners offer the following features:

  • WRAS Approved
  • Fully automatic
  • No Electricity
  • Low salt consumption
  • Block Salt
  • High Flow Rate
  • Simple operation
  • Compact
  • Suitable for all plumbing types

CalMag CalSoft water softeners have very low running costs and have an entire range that covers smaller properties to much larger. CalMag are a UK company that have been running since 2002 and have quickly made a name as a quality product.

 Capacity (Litres)Number Of People
Calsoft Mini12.51-8
Calsoft Midi181-11
Calsoft Maxi251-15

CalMag water softeners offer the following features:

  • Fully automatic
  • Low salt consumption
  • Low water usage
  • Design to use the exact amount of salt
  • Simple operation
  • Compact
  • Suitable for all plumbing types
  • Learns and remembers water usage

Not Sure Which Water Softener Is Right For Your Home?

If you're not sure which brand or size of water softener is right for you and your home, get in touch so that we can help you to understand the benefits of installing a water softener and to ensure that you choose one that is scaled perfectly to your current and future needs.

What Next?

Get A Quote!

Give RBHM a call on 01344 830 030, pop in to see us at Longacres Garden Centre for a chat and a demonstration or fill in the contact form if you want to find out more about a water softener installation.