Water softness

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Monday 10 September 2007 12.07pm
Just bought a new dishwasher and was wondering what the water softness in the area was.

Does anybody know ?

Thanks.
PKM
Monday 10 September 2007 12.33pm
Unquestionably hard - good for health, not so good for your bathroom tiles.
Monday 10 September 2007 12.34pm
The water is really hard. London is a clay basin with chalk aquifer underneath. (I knew my A level geography would come in useful one day.) So lots of calcium. Well worth using water softening stuff in both dishwashers and washing machines. Calgon is quite expensive, but Lidl have a much cheaper own brand which seems to do the job equally well. If you use a water softener you can save on detergent.
Zoe
Tuesday 11 September 2007 6.25pm
Why is hard water good for your health? I always imagined my innards were lined in limescale...
Tuesday 11 September 2007 10.50pm
Would'nt hard water be like an internal exfoliation? ...
PKM
Wednesday 12 September 2007 1.54pm
lots of calcium and other minerals.
Friday 21 April 2017 6.45am
At one point there was a water softener in my basement, but for an unknown reason it was taken out. I am on a well and septic; water is fairly hard, measured at 250 ppm (15(gpg).

I would like to add a water softener again, but the choices and info at local stores such as Lowes, Menards, Sears, etc leaves something to be desired.

The house has a kitchen and three bathrooms, but at present only me living in it. Gas water heater. No dishwashers or whirlpools, though I do shower daily, sometimes more in summer.

Any comments from knowledgeable people about brands known for quality, features or other issues to look for are greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
Bella
Friday 21 April 2017 10.19am
In hard water areas, such as London, be sure not to run your dishwasher when the salt runs out.
Saturday 22 April 2017 11.49am
Here we have definitely hard water but it's really good! Remember to filter the water before drinking it straight from the tap :) And do not forget to use a dishwasher salt.

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