Reliable water softener installation in London
Extend the life of your pipework, water-fed appliances, and boiler system with water softener solutions tailored to your property needs
- Installing and replacing water softeners of any make and model
- Professional fitting compliant with local plumbing codes
- Less frequent pipe blockages and cleaning housework
- Service available for any day of the week, including bank holidays
If you live in a London’s property, you likely notice crusty faucets, soap scum on the bathtub, spots on glassware, and even worse, irritated skin. Most often, “hard water” might not pose a health hazard, but sooner or later expect it to wreak havoc to your plumbing, such as reduced cleaning power of dishwashers, frequent clogs, pinhole leaks due to corrosion, limescale build-up on your boiler heating element, and the list goes on.
You can avoid these by simply investing in a household soft water installation that can remove any harmful limescale. In other words, fitting a water softener is a proactive prevention of plumbing repair service and improves your lifestyle.
No matter, if you have decided to upgrade your plumbing with a water softener unit or your current one has started making weird noises and get faulty, the water treatment specialists at My Plumber are here to help!
Here’s why install a water softener:
- Limescale-free kettles, appliances, shower screens, sinks, tubs, pipes, etc.;
- Clear and free-flowing taps and shower heads;
- Reduced housework related to cleaning and scrubbing;
- Prolonged life of your domestic appliance installations and less costs on boiler repairs;
- Softened water may lengthen the life of your central heating;
- Cheaper annual heating bills with up to 29%;
- Reduced soap, detergent, and limescale-removers usage by up to 75%;
- Clothes, towels and other washed items will look and feel softer on touch;
- A way more affordable hard water treatment option than filtering the water through distillation or reverse osmosis.
You may think that water softeners are easy to set up. The reality is, DIY is not the route if you don’t have the right tools and know-how for removing, replacing, plumbing, and connecting your mains water fixture. The work involves your home’s main water supply and specific pipe alteration, so your best bet is to call a qualified plumber to install your water softener.
This is what to expect and how it is all done by My Plumber’s water softener fitters near you:
- Professional help on where to install a water softener - During a plumbing survey, the expert will advise you on what water softener plumbing options are available for your household. Normally, a qualified and experienced expert will suggest installing a water softener close to the mains supply to ensure all parts of your home or office benefit from softened water.
- Old water softener replacement - If your under-sink fixture is faulty or reached the end of its life, the expert can replace it for you and secure all plumbing connections, so there are no risks of flooding the area during the exchange.
- New household water softener installation - The plumbing professional has all the materials and tools ready ahead of time and he will neatly plumb your water softening appliance from scratch! Upon your request, My Plumber’s professionals can fit a water softener bypass tap so you can drink untreated water whenever you like.
- Combining a water softener system with your home water filtration system - Normally, water softeners are combined in the filtration system but if they aren't, we can still fit them after a viewing.
- Full testing of your appliance - At the end of the service, the engineer will make sure everything has been checked and there are no plumbing leaks.
- Maintenance tips - Our plumbers can help you keep the efficiency of your water softener by sharing with you maintenance advice - from getting the right kind of salt and flushing the resin bed, to checking the salt level.
My Plumber works with industry-trained plumbers which are capable of replacing and installing any type of water softeners located both on the inside and outside of your property. Here are some of the water softener installation jobs that the engineers can handle, how these options work, and what they mean for you:
Replace and install salt-based or non-salt water softeners
- Salt-salt based systems - Their mission has always been to replace calcium and magnesium ions in the water with sodium ions. The process of ion exchange removes hardness minerals from your mains water supply, turning hard water into softened, silky water. Because any fitting comes with some water pressure loss, your plumber will recommend you to install them on high flow applications and direct feed applications.
- Salt-free systems - They act like “descalers” or “water conditioners”, preserving the chemical balance, yet reducing limescale formation on appliance surfaces. If you look for an efficient, maintenance-free, and affordable appliance, salt-free systems are your best choice. You’ll never feel the “silky”, “slippery”, soft water, though.
Change and install meter- and time-regenerated units
- Meter-regenerated - Very efficient and convenient option as they keep track of how much water actually goes through the system and regenerate when needed.
- Time-regenerated - Just like a timer on a stove, they regenerate on a pre-set day regardless of the water used. You may find timed fittings an affordable option, but they are a significant salt consumer.
Installation of electric and non-electric water softeners
- Electronic softeners – This type of appliance is a great option for homes with serious hard water problems. Models are a popular choice because they don’t waste resources unnecessarily as there’s a timer that controls the frequency of the regeneration of the water softener.
- Non-electric - These models are a viable option for those who want to save on electric consumption. They are ideal for large households located in areas not heavily plagued with hard water.
With so many choices on the market, finding the best water softener system to fit your family’s needs may seem overwhelming at first. That’s why, we recommend having a home survey before installing a water softener.
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- In-depth understanding of any type, brand, and model water softener installs - Regardless of your requirements, My Plumber’s water softener technicians possess the exact qualities to adapt any soft water system to all types of UK’s plumbing systems. We can install or replace the following brands: Kinetico, Water2Buy, Eco Water, TwinTec, Culligan, Harveys, Quooker, Sears Water, Kenmore, Merton, Scalemaster, Purolite, Watts. You name it, we’ll take care of the installation.
- Week-round availability - We recognise the importance of water softeners in London. Whether you’ve got a faulty unit or look for a new soft water system installation, our services are designed to fit into your everyday life. Get a real-time, free quotation or call our friendly customer support - we’re here with end-to-end solutions delivered the same or next day.
- Expert installation, respectful for the plumbing codes - The water softener installers we work with in London are dedicated to quality service, compliant to governing laws, regulations that pertain to the plumbing industry.
Can I drink softened water?
You can - this is a matter of personal choice. Where the water hardness is below 400ppm doesn’t pose a healthy risk. Normally, the softening process adds a minimal amount of extra sodium to the water supply, which in the cases that does not exceed 200 mg/l, is safe to drink. If you don't mind using softened water for all domestic purposes, you can opt for not having an unsoftened water tap fitted. But if you have a baby or occupants who are on a sodium-free diet or you just want to have access to a hard water supply, your plumber will recommend to leave the cold water mixer tap unsoftened, install a different tri-flow tap or a separate drinking water tap.
What water softener size do I need?
You may think about the physical size of the water softener, but its capacity is what matters. There are pitfalls when you do the water softener size calculations on your own. For instance, undersizing can lead to water passing over the resin too quickly and therefore not producing 100% soft water. Oversizing can lead to less than 100% soft water as this can result in the incoming water channeling through the resin. To arrange a home survey will take the hassle out of buying a soft water system. Your local water softener fitter will check everything from pipe size, harness of the water, incoming pressure to property size and location of the installation.
Do I have to maintain or regenerate the resin myself?
All modern soft water systems are almost maintenance-free. Most of them are designed to regenerate automatically. So all you have to do is to add salt occasionally.
Where to install a water softener?
As long as there’s access to drains for waste and overflow, pipework, electricity, and the space is large enough to accommodate the size of your new equipment, you can fit a water softening appliance practically anywhere in your home. Most often, water softeners fit comfortably under most kitchen sinks, but you can install them in a full-sized basement, loft space, closet, and even in a weatherproofed outside cabinet. Note: You shouldn’t install the system near a boiler, water heater or other heat-generating appliance where it can be damaged by the excessive heat.
Does my water softener reduce home's water pressure?
You see, whatever you fit in a water distribution system, it will certainly alter the water pressure. Domestic pressure loss won’t be extreme, though. Expect 0.3-0.5 bar pressure drop across the softener due to the resistance from the resin bed. As with any plumbing work, water softener installers will watch out for pipe routes as short as possible, minimum bends and use full bore valves to minimise pressure loss and stagnation.
Can soften water damage central heating?
There are no negative effects of soft water circulation in your heating system, provided that you add a corrosion inhibitor to your central heating on a regular basis. For your peace of mind, your local plumbing installer may recommend fitting a bypass valve so your central heating (radiators) can fill with unsoftened water. In any case, a boiler-water softener combo will reduce the cost of boiler servicing and replacement.
Can I install a water softener outside?
If your home’s space is limited, you can site a water softener outside. You need to consider installing an insulated cabinet to protect your appliance from the elements.
How long does a water softener last?
A modern water softener unit should last about 10 to 15 years. But you can find households with high-quality appliances over 20 years old.
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