Your frequently asked questions answered:
There are many different ways of softening water, but the most efficient is to use ionic exchange.
Water softeners come in different shapes and sizes and the prices can vary from £300 upwards.
If your total hardness level is less than 400 ppm (parts per million) it is not necessary to have a seperate tap for drinking purposes. Anything over 400 ppm, regulations insist on a seperate unsoftened water tap, for drinking purposes.
Typically in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire the water is very hard so a water softener is essential.
Plants and grass should not be affected by using softened water, but always check with your local garden centre if you experience any problems.
If you have an outside tap, it might be worth leaving this on hard water if you have a sprinkler system. This would reduce the amount of salt consumption during regeneration.
Softened water may have a little more sodium in the water than the normal amount, and really should not make a difference. Most fish like a little sodium in the water, but we are not fish specialist, and if you are unsure, please contact your local aquarium expert and they will certainly be able to advise on the best water quality for your fish.
A water softener may help with your condition. A recent study at the University Of Sheffield by Dr Danby, shows that hard water can affect the skin by damaging the skin surface, leaving it exposed to infection and drying out.
The skin is a large organ and can be affected by many external and internal factors, so it is always better to book a demonstration and feel the difference for yourself.