If you live in an area which is known for hard water, you will probably be very familiar with its effects on your clothes, taps, washing machine and boiler.
For anyone who is accustomed to soft water, moving to a hard water area can come as something of a shock to the system; the water tastes chalkier, does not lather as well, and clothes do not come out of the washing machine feeling as clean or as soft.
Hard water is –effectively- water with high concentrations of calcium and magnesium; this occurs when water travels through deposits of limestone and chalk; and whilst it is not detrimental to our health to consume, it can be a nightmare for our appliances.
Machines and appliances such as boilers, kettles, taps, and washing machines -which constantly have water flowing through them- can be particularly susceptible to damage from calcification in hard water areas. We can see this in the form of soap scum, lime scale and calcium build-ups which jam the pipes of our appliances.
You can usually tell when you’re in an area with hard water, primarily because soap tends to produce few bubbles when mixed with water; you can also taste it in the drinking water (it tends to taste fairly chalky and bitter), and see it in the white deposits in the bottom of your kettle or around your taps. Hard water can also make your clothes feel starchy and in some cases, irritate the skin; some studies suggest that hard water can exacerbate the effects of eczema. For those with young children, or those who are sensitive to dermatological conditions; a water softener can provide great relief and comfort in the form of soft, clean clothes; free from irritants that come in the form of calcium deposits sticking to the fibres of your clothes after washing.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about hard water is that it can reduce the lifespan of costly appliances such as your boiler, and impede its performance by jamming the pipes with calcium. As anyone who’s ever had to repair or replace a boiler will tell you, the job is costly, time consuming and frustrating (as whilst the boiler is broken, you likely will not have access to hot water for some time).
Luckily, there are ways to soften your water and remove the excess calcium deposits. Using a Harvey water softener is a relatively inexpensive way of doing this; providing you with softer, better tasting water. Soft water is far superior when it comes to cleaning, ensuring appliances last longer and perform better, and keeping your clothes soft and fresh.
So how does it work?
Water softeners work by filtering the water through ion exchange resins. The Harvey water softener is a compact, clean white water softener which can be easily installed under the sink, in the garage or on the outside of the house.
Many water softeners constantly consume electricity, however, the Harvey water softener is non-electric, and runs entirely on water pressure. Using its innovative twin valve system, the Harvey water softener works efficiently –filtering your water of unwanted minerals- without the need for electricity.
The only thing which needs to be replaced is the block salt; this is used to help soften the water, and can be purchased cheaply (around £15.89 for 6 blocks). Each block lasts roughly one month; an indicator on the unit informs you of when you need to replace the salt block.
Installation is simple, unintrusive and will not cause any internal or external damage to your property. It takes a few hours to install, and owing to its adjustable inlet/outlet ports, it can be placed in almost any suitable location. The compact dimensions (Height 490 mm, Depth 460 mm, Width 212 mm) mean that the Harvey water softener can be easily transported, and will fit under most kitchen sinks.
The Harvey Water softener comes with a 5 year warranty for parts and labour, providing peace of mind should anything go wrong. It also comes with a water hardness test kit (allowing you to identify how much hard water is likely to affect your appliances). It also comes with a salt start pack, so you can start using it immediately.
For those living in an area which suffers from hard water, a good water softener is a bargain, drastically improving the lifespan of your washing machine and boiler, and preventing costly and unexpected breakdowns. Ultimately, the Harvey water softener is more than just an appliance; it is an investment into the longevity of all of your other water based appliances.
- Crisper, better tasting water
- Longer life and lower maintenance costs all appliances that use water
- Cleaner water – with more bubbles!
- No irritating soap scum or lime scale.
- Cleaner, softer clothes
- Softer skin
- Lower dermatological irritation
- No electricity consumption – powered entirely by water pressure
- Lightweight compact design, easy to install
- Cheap upkeep – Salt packs only around £15-£20 for a six month supply
Water flows through our entire house; our heating system, internal plumbing, washing machine, boiler, kettle, shower and sink –along with many other essential systems and appliances- rely on water which all comes from the same source. When this water contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, over time this sediment builds up. When calcium builds up within your heating system, it can begin to clog, impeding steady water flow and preventing efficient heating. Eventually, this can result in a full teardown of the system.
In areas with hard water, boilers can accumulate an excess of mineral buildup and have to be ‘descaled’, a complicated and costly procedure to remove excess sediment and ensure the boiler is firing correctly. The average cost for boiler descaling is around £170, and may have to be done several times throughout the lifespan of the boiler.
Using its twin valve technology, the Harvey water softener massively reduces the risk of clogged heating systems and costly breakdowns, ensuring water flows through the system quickly and efficiently, providing adequate heating to your home.