Read Our COVID-19 Update - 02/11/20

The government have announced a new national lockdown, to start with effect from Thursday 5th November 2020.

The government have also confirmed that trade businesses that work in customer homes may continue as long as they are COVID Secure, which Hydroworks has been throughout the pandemic.

Our team will continue to follow all strict social distancing guidelines, including sanitising and now the wearing of masks in customer homes where customers are present.

If we are working within your home, such as changing a filter or servicing a softener, or installing a new softener, we would ask that the area we are working be well ventilated.

The company policy is that we will sanitise our hands on arrival at your home, and on departure too.  If we touch surfaces within your home, we will inform you which surfaces we have touched, and we will sanitise those surfaces too with a light bleach solution before we leave.

Our salt was manufactured and stored on pallets more than 30 days ago, and will only have been touched by the member of our team who delivers it, and their hands will be sanitised.  We will deliver your salt to your home, and if safe to do so, will leave it in your desired location.  If you would prefer your salt to be left outside your home, then we will ascertain beforehand where your preferred safe point is.

Lastly, we will confirm with you that no one in your home is experiencing symptoms or self isolating when booking the appointment to come and see you, plus when confirming the appointment the day before, Daniel will also confirm that no one in your home is self isolating or experiencing symptoms at that time too.  

As a final precaution, when we are on our way to your home, the individual coming (Laurence, Alex or Pete) will also call you to confirm that not only are we experiencing no symptoms, but to ascertain that no circumstances in your own home has changed either.

We remain committed to the safety of our clients, and together we will get through this safely.

Any questions, please call Laurence on 07976 036101 or email the team on hello@hydroworks.co.uk


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How much salt will my softener use?

Discover how to reduce the amount of salt you will use...

How much salt will my softener use?

Discover how to reduce the amount of salt you will use...

How much salt your softener will use will typically depend on the following factors:

1. The type of softener you have

Single cylinder water softeners

Tablet salt comes in both easy-to-lift 10kg bags and 25kg bags. The smaller 10kg bags always cost more.​

There are two types of single-cylinder softeners in the market place. Traditional, and EcoWater.

Traditional softeners use considerably more salt and water than EcoWater machines, the reason being EcoWater is the biggest manufacturer of single-cylinder softeners in the world, and they throw a huge amount of investment into technology, with many patents protecting their technology.

Let's look at salt usage:

Traditional softeners

In most cases, a traditional single-cylinder water softener will use the most salt, but this can depend on the make and model you have installed.

Below is a guide to how much a traditional single-cylinder softener may use over a year:


With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 6 x 25kg bags of salt a year. This might be a running cost between £54 a year.


With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 10 x 25kg bags of salt a year. This might be a running cost between £83 a year.


With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 16 x 25kg bags of salt a year. This might be a running cost of between £144 a year.

Ecowater softeners

Using advanced algorithms, the EcoWater softener proportionally brines, which means it only cleans the resin it needs to clean, using the lowest amount of salt and water.

Below is a guide to how much a traditional single-cylinder softener may use over a year:


With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 3 x 25kg bags of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £27 a year.


With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 5 x 25kg bags of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £45 a year.


With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 7 x 25kg bags of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £58 a year.

Twin cylinder water softeners

When twin cylinder block salt softeners were first introduced into the UK, the cost of block salt was more expensive. As the number of block salt softeners being sold has increased, the cost of block salt has come down, and now tablet and block salt is pretty much, much-of-a-muchness in price.

While not all block salt softeners are as efficient as each other, Harveys top efficiency models which include the Minimax M2, HV3, TwinTec S3 have best salt efficiency in the market.

Block salt is easy to handle as it comes in 2 x 8kg packs, creates a much cleaner brine solution (this keeps the valve working smoothly), and takes up less storage space.


With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 10 packs over the course of the year - This might be a running cost of £51 over the year, or just £4.25 a month.


With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 20 packs over the course of the year - This might be a running cost of £102 over the year, or just £8.50 a month.


With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 30 packs over the course of the year - This might be a running cost of £149 over the year, or just £12.42 a month.


It's very much worth noting that, with the Harveys Block Salt Softeners, annual servicing is not required, saving you an annual full-service cost - so these work out cheaper in the long run, compared to traditional softeners

 

Harveys Minimax innova, TwinTec Cobalt (S5) and Harveys Arc

The Harvey’s 5th generation softeners operate on smaller curved block salt which is packed as 2 x 2.15kg salt blocks = 4.3kg per pack, which should cost no more than:


With 2 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 22 x 4.3kg packs of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £61 a year, or just £5.08 a month.


With 3 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 33 x 4.3kg packs of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £89 a year, or just £7.42 a month.


With 4 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 44 x 4.3kg packs of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £118 a year, or just £9.85 a month.


With 6 people in the home, typically, you could expect to use 66 x 4.3kg packs of salt a year. This might be a running cost of £177 a year, or just £14.75 a month.


** All salt usage has been rounded up to the next full bag

2. The make and model of your softener

The reality of it is that your salt and water efficiency will depend very much on the manufacturer, and model of the softener you purchase.

Some block salt softener models will use more than other block salt softeners, even if they were made by the same company.

The same applies to single-cylinder machines which frequently not only use more salt and water in regeneration but also have overrides built into their programming.

This override feature helps the softeners to give a better quality of softened water by regenerating a water softener more frequently than it needs to.

3. The amount of water you use

The amount of water you use will depend on several factors, including how many people are in your home, the type of showers you have, and the length of time you may enjoy spending in the shower.​

In addition to this, older appliances tend to use more water too.

4. The make and model of your softener

The harder your water area, the more frequently your softener will regenerate, and thus the more salt and water you will use.

It is important when having a water softener fitted that the right model is selected, or you may find that not only are your running costs higher than is necessary, but you may also find that you end up with hard water staining being left behind on taps, shower screens and sinks.

But it goes further than this, some softeners use more water and salt on a regeneration than stipulated as a maximum by building regulations.

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