Dealing with hard water issues day in and day out can be a real hassle. Annoying strange stains on glass surfaces, a destroyed washing machine, the need to replace plumbing pipes – we have all experienced smaller or bigger annoyances caused by water hardness at some point in our lives.
Unfortunately, in areas where water hardness levels are through the roof, these annoyances are a daily occurrence with often costly consequences.
Thankfully, solutions to these problems exist, and among these solutions a new generation of liquid water softeners can help you easily overcome the challenges associated with hard water.
What are Liquid Water Softeners?
Liquid softeners are new type of water softener that are highly effective against hard water. They simply prevent minerals and any other by-products responsible for water hardness to form lime-scale deposits. Softeners reduce the concentration of ferrous iron ion, calcium, magnesium and manganese found in water.
You can use these water softening liquids in addition to filtration systems to control the quality and hardness of your water supply.
Why is a liquid softening solution different from any other softener? For starters, it is directly injected into water, where it prevents hard water particles from sticking to surfaces, and secondly, it prevents the formation of lime-scale without using a brine tank, backwash system, resin or softening salt.
What is Hard Water and Why is it Bad?
In contrast with soft water, hard water is the type of water that contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals, such as calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) metal cations. In addition, hard water can sometimes contain bicarbonates and sulphates as well.
Naturally pure and soft water does not contain hard minerals, they usually get picked up when water passes through limestone or chalk. Predominantly, calcium enters the water as calcium sulphate (CaSO4) or calcium carbonate (CaCO3), while the natural source of magnesium is dolomite (CaMg(CO3)2).
Hard water is not bad per se. At least not for your health, on the contrary, consuming hard drinking water is associated with a healthy mineral intake for any human. However, had water is not healthy for your home appliances, which can become clogged and damaged by hard water deposits.
How do Traditional Softening Systems Work?
A simple ion exchange process is responsible for transforming hard water into soft water. When water gets softened, metal cations are exchanged to sodium ions. But how does this happen exactly?
1. The resin in the mineral tank is the softening element, which is designed to target and remove hard particles found in water, such as calcium and magnesium;
2. The resin beads inside the softener tank have a different electrical charge than the dissolved minerals of the incoming water;
3. As the dissolved particles found in water get into contact with the resin beads, these particles are removed through a simple ion exchange process, which results in the water exiting to be soft.
What are the Benefits of Liquid Water Softeners?
By using these softeners, you can save yourself from unnecessary headache. They’re also a method that doesn’t require you to dig deep in your pockets. Installing a liquid softener is a quick and simple solution to limescale issues and a long-term investment in your home.
Some advantages of water softening liquids include:
● They are smartly designed to protect your home appliances from lime-scale build-up;
● Since they are 100% non-corrosive, liquid softeners help in preventing corrosion in your plumbing and heating system;
● They help you get rid of skin irritations, offering you a luxurious bath and a noticeably softer skin;
● No more scratchy towels, no more extra laundry detergent, water softeners make your clothes cleaner and brighter;
● No more strange stains on glass or any other surfaces;
● Finally, some liquid softeners are eco-friendly, they prevent the need for flushing or backwashing, so using a liquid softener can result in huge water and energy savings.
Are Liquid Softeners Safe?
All water softeners are designed to prevent lime-scale build-up in home appliances and they are usually not mixed into drinking water, therefore, their safety for consumption is a non-issue.
There are, however, completely safe, food grade softeners like softening liquids that can be used without issues in the treatment of drinking water as well.
As any other product, these softeners come with a user guide, so make sure you carefully read the instructions and use the product in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. After installing one, you’ll soon start to notice the advantages of lime-scale free water in your household.
Neither liquid, nor traditional salt-based water softeners are designed to remove contaminants such as bacteria, chlorine, heavy metals, sediments, etc. To address these issues, you’ll need a water filter system.
Water filters are the only systems that can transform contaminated water into healthy drinking water. Installing a water filter can help in reducing lime-scale levels in your water supply, but water filters don’t soften water.
You may have less lime-scale that is able to precipitate and stick to surfaces, but hardness minerals will still be present in your water, and given enough time, they will create build-ups in your pipes and home appliances.
The best way to deal with water hardness is to use a water filter system in combination with a softening system. However, if water hardness levels are low in your area, you may easily get away with using a lime-scale inhibiting water filter like the FT-Line VE Water Filter System.
What are Some alternatives to Water Softening Liquids?
There are many forms and types of water softeners from the traditional salt-based systems to the new generation of salt-free water softeners.
● Salt-based water softeners
Salt-based water softeners are the traditional water softening system. Although there are several problems associated with this softener, such as higher wastewater-treatment cost, high levels of dissolved sodium or other minerals found in wastewater, higher maintenance, they’re highly effective in softening water.
Unfortunately, in many areas salt is considered as a major pollutant as it is discharged into the environment, therefore, salt-based water softeners are not the eco-friendliest solution.
● Non-salt water conditioners
The perfect way to prevent discharging salt into the environment and sewers is to replace the traditional salt-based water softener with a new generation salt-free water softener.
No need to carry heavy bags of salt, these water softeners are designed to work without any salt and produce zero waste. Another great advantage is that they require minimal to zero maintenance.
As we’ve mentioned before, the FT-Line VE Water Filter System is a lime-scale inhibitor, which not only removes certain contaminants like chlorine and sediments, but it also prevents lime-scale build-up.
Another water conditioner that requires no salt changes or maintenance is Watts’ OneFlow ScaleNet system that eliminates scale and aids in removing existing scale. This entire line of water conditioners operates without electricity, doesn’t feature any brine tanks or backwash systems, and it’s an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional salt-based systems.
ScaleNet water conditioners have a 99.6% scale prevention rating, they don’t remove beneficial minerals from water, and they’re suitable for commercial or whole house scale control.
● Magnetic water softeners
Magnetic water softeners are non-salt water conditioners and they’re another novelty in water softening technology.
Among the advantages of magnetic softeners, the most notable ones include the fact that they don’t use electricity, they’re easy to install (no need to call a plumber), they’re extremely affordable, there are no special tools needed, no moving parts, and there’s no need to make modifications or replacements.
However, the efficiency of magnetic water softeners is disputable. Although they’re viewed as a non-chemical and non-invasive way to soften water, research shows their effect on limescale is only temporary and marginal.
The research that has been conducted so far with respect to the efficiency of magnetic softeners has been inconclusive, therefore, we don’t recommend them as lime-scale treatment solution, especially not in areas with high water hardness levels.
Aquasil Brevetti Liquid Softeners
The Aquasil Brevetti is the perfect example of an innovative, eco-friendly, non-salt water softener. It is effective in protecting your home appliances, your plumbing system and fights all negative effects of hard water.
● It is mechanically operated, it uses no electricity, results in no waste, and it requires simple maintenance;
● You can use it for individual appliances or whole house lime-scale prevention;
● Since it is miniaturized, it is also ideal for confined spaces, since the pump can be placed in any direction needed;
● No periodic salt refill required, you won’t have to replace heavy salt bags or have any contact with chemicals, you just have to replace the pouch housing the AcquaSIL liquid, which can be easily done;
● AcquaSIL is a 100% safe, food grade polyphosphate that’s suitable even for the treatment of drinking water;
● A single 1000 g refill pouch can offer 44 m3 (44,000 litres) of dosage;
● The bag that contains the softening liquid is disposable, so there is no risk of atmospheric contamination or skin irritation;
● It is clean, hygienic and fast, a really clever innovation of the water treatment industry.
Therefore, using a professional water softening liquid can help you fight against the frustrating effects of hard water. End the unnecessary disruptions caused by hard water in your home and take a step towards the innovative technologies of lime-scale treatment. This is all your pipes are looking for!