Can anyone recommend a water softener that can be fitted to the rising
main that will cut down on limescale in kettles, pipes etc? I'm not
talking about the magnetic type of water conditioners though.
There are several types available. Which one you choose will depend on who
you get to fit it, although some are not a difficult DIY task.
For my money, I got one with a water meter. These don't recycle until you've
used a specified amount of water and then do so the following night. These
are best if your consumption is not regular. Simple timed ones will tend to
use more salt, although the extra cost of the water meter may well outweigh
the cost of extra (water and) salt used.
When looking at specifications, check the maximum flow rate, especially if
you have an electric shower or combi boiler. Make sure it can more than meet
the max flow expected through these.Modern ones are quite small and can fit
inside a cupboard, out of sight. If yours will be on view, you may be
particular about appearance.Small ones will need topping up with salt more
often but that's not a bad thing as you might forget to check with something
that's not so frequent.
Hope that's of help.
I don't think using a conventional ion exchange water softener is a good
idea for any water you drink. These softeners basically exchange the
Calcium in the water with Sodium from the salt and as we are all aware,
too much salt (Sodium) is not good for your blood pressure.
For that reason a lot of softeners supply all the taps EXCEPT the
kitchen - drinking water - tap. The water may not taste salty (Sodium
chloride) as the sodium is I think a carbonate, but it's still sodium.
You made me do some research.
There's a race/genetics link. Afro-Americans, for example, are very
prone to high blood pressure, and sodium intolerant.
There's an age link. BP goes up, and sodium tolerance down, with age.
There's a sex link. Women don't tend to get as much high BP.
There's an obesity link. Finally one we can do something about.
There's a potassium link. The sodium-potassium ratio, and possibly the
sodium-calcium ratio, are linked to high blood pressure. This is an
easy one - look for low sodium (high potassium) salt next time you go
There's an alcohol link. Not a simple one though - our government would
like you to think less is best, but it seems as though a small amount -
under the normal 21 /14 unit level - may help keep BP _down_.
So keeping my BMI in trim (23 isn't bad at my age!) and having a pint to
rehydrate after getting all hot and sweaty earlier isn't bad!
Slight hijack here...
When we moved into this house, it had one of those 'screw in' water softener
canisters under the kitchen sink. The blue & white ones, which have a yellow
month pointer on them. That was 5 years ago, and I've replaced the thing
once. When I unscrewed it, I was surprised that there was no pressure behind
- is it correct for there to be no pressure into those canisters?
- what's is the consequence of not replacing them?
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