The answer is a water softener. Although it may seem like a small detail it can make a world of difference if your build is in a hard water area.
Hard water can cause all sorts of issues including affecting the aesthetics of your kitchen and bathrooms. The limescale resulting from hard water can build up on your taps and other chrome fixings can look dirty. It can leave smears on glass and make your work tops look dull.
Limescale can also affect the inner workings of appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher and even your central heating boiler. A water softener can improve the energy efficiency of appliances and can help prevent costly breakdowns.
Whilst today’s modern water softeners are a lot smaller than those of yesteryear it is still wise to plan early if you are likely to want to install one during your build. To maximise the benefit offered by softened water it is important that all of your water in the home is softened, with the exception of one cold water tap left on hard water for drinking purposes.
A water softener isn’t difficult to install but including it your plans from day one will allow you to plan the best place for the rising main to enter your premises. In a lot of modern homes this will be in the kitchen or utility room, allowing the softener to be neatly installed in a nearby cupboard. Installing the rising main in your garage or plant room provides the option of having the unit installed in open space simplifying the installation still further.
Renovating an existing property doesn’t always allow the same levels of choice afforded to the builder of a new home. The renovator keen to include a water softener in their project needs to be aware that apart from access to the rising main the unit will need to be connected to a suitable drain sited ideally close to an outside wall for the overflow pipe to pass through and in some cases an electrical supply.
Visit BWT at Grand Designs Live to see how the electronic control system on their modern water systems allows the unit to adapt to your lifestyle. Portable power options vanish the need for an electrical supply and added leak protection offers an alternative to the traditional overflow.
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