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  1. Joe Fisher

    Joe Fisher New Member

    Hi looking for a bit of advise for anyone who has experience with the following.

    Since moving house I have developed eczema, I have narrowed it down to me having hard water.

    Does anyone have any experience with using a water filter to try and combat this.

    I have seen just shower head sets up but not a fan.

    The aquabion looks ideal for my situation.

    Does anyone have any experience in this situation, if so can you offer some insight.

    Thank you
  2. bogrodder

    bogrodder Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Fit a water softener
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  3. Frelon

    Frelon Active Member

    A water filter will not help! Do some research and buy the best water softener that you can afford. Think of it as a long term investment
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  4. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    There is a difference between temporary hardness and permenant hardness in supplied water. So things like syphos crystals and some treatments inc. the magnetic ones are good to deal with water which is immediately used for heating but not for stored water. My wife suggests
    using special soap but I say wack a decent treatment unit in
    and look after it, so often when lived and traded in Bath the numpties would not refill with will also make you washing of clothes better if you install it in the correct position. I would not want to drink treated water but others on here might know more....let us know what you do
  5. Joe Fisher

    Joe Fisher New Member

    Thanks for the feedback!

    I have been recommended aquabion by another plumber. If you or yourself have any products they can suggest I am all ears

  6. Frelon

    Frelon Active Member

    Harvey's or Kinetico, using block salt, no electricity or timer. Expensive, but will last 20 years +.
    Buy cheap and you buy twice
  7. EvilDrPorkChop

    EvilDrPorkChop GSR

    I'm interested in this subject also. Living in the North we've never had much issues with Hard Water or experienced it much until recently. After our local water supplier had an infection in the water two years ago I believe they are now man making hard water to treat the water, resulting in bad limescale and i've now got rather bad skin which I'm putting down to the water also.

    So having never fitted a water softener before or had any experience with them, what's the best make/model and how do you go about it? Does any drinking water taps have to come before the softener, or can it come after? Also do you see a reduction in your flow rates?

    In our house we have balanced supplies from the PRV on the unvented cylinder so it would be easy to fit a softener at this point. However this supplies all our drinking taps also and would be impossible to alter if needed to.
  8. Coby kenny AGUILAR

    Coby kenny AGUILAR Member

    Good quality softener about £500+

    Surprised about the shower heads as my eldest suffers from eczema and was always advised a bath over a shower
  9. bogrodder

    bogrodder Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    They’re a load of tosh and don’t work, I think the consortium of manufacturers of heating/ plumbing gadgets pat each other on the back and push each other’s products.
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  10. Frelon

    Frelon Active Member

    Do some research, plenty out in internetland

    Drinking (hard water) and garden supply must be tapped off before softener.

    Preferred models use block salt, easier to handle that granular/pebble salt.

    Stuff (magnetic/other) that attaches to cold water supply is like snake oil

    In fact do a search on this forum
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