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Those water filter things.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Noni Juice, 12 Aug 2010.

  1. Noni Juice

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    My parents want to buy a water filter for the house, you put salt cubes in it and you get a different little tap where water comes out. I live in South East London.

    -Is it worth it?

    -Are there any health benefits?
     
  2. TheCenturion

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    not really unless you live in an area with particularly poor water
     
  3. Kol

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    edit - ignore me, I was thinking specifically about a plumbed in water softener/filter which then feeds the entire house.
     
  4. Andrew Moore

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    Water is generally filtered that much these dyas that its nearly as grime free as the bottled stuff in in a lot of cases now is actually better. As above, they are onlky really any good if you have poor water (hard mostly) as this can cause issues with your kettle etc// not much you can do about other appliances such as the dish washer though.

    Andy
     
  5. Noni Juice

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    Thanks for the replies, how would I check/find out about the water in my area?
     
  6. yermum

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    My parents have had a water softener fitted to their plumbing for years as the water in their area is very hard. They have no scale problems like we do with their shower head, their washing machine has lasted years and their dishwasher doesn't have to have salt added to it.

    The tap in the kitchen is separate from the softener system as this is mandatory.
     
  7. daelo

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    my water here in hertfordshire is absolute pants, its so hard it furs up a kettle after the first boil, so i used a big brita jug to fill the kettle, water for pans , drinks etc...

    out of interest does anyone know if hard water is more benificial, ie in terms of minerals, calcium magnesium etc.. to the health?
     
  8. SMN

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    Water in everywhere ive lived has been bad (born and grew up in Wigan so the water was pap due to the mining etc). Water here in Reading is very hard also, lots of limescale etc. I just tend to use a water filter as i'm in rented accomo at the mo, but when i get my own place i'll look into getting a filter on the main feed in so it saves on fur growing around taps, shower heads etc :)
     
  9. Kol

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    Have the same problem mate - living in Hertford. All water has to go through the Brita first :(
     
  10. j.col

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    snap:p same problem in bedfordshire, really hard water.
    when i first came over from ireland, i could not drink the tap water
     
  11. j.col

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    sorry guys, i had to google it :p

    "The advantages of hard water are

    1) It tastes better and is thought to reduce the number of heart illnesses.

    2) It provides useful calcium ions for the healthy growth
    of bones and teeth.

    3) The formation of lime scale in pipes (see below)
    causes the inside of the pipe to be covered with insoluble carbonates.
    This layer of carbonate prevents the water in the pipe
    from coming into contact with the metal of the pipe
    and so prevents pipe corrosion
    and poisonous metal salts becoming dissolved in the water.


    The disadvantages of hard water are

    1) Lime scale furring of kettles and pipes.
    The fur is the insoluble carbonate formed
    during heating water with temporary hardness.
    The deposits of lime scale can build up on the inside of the pipe
    restricting the flow of water or causing a blockage.
    This can happen in industry where hot water is used
    or in domestic heating systems (like the hot water in your house).
    Lime scale deposits can be removed using a weak acid.

    Lime scale in pipes can be prevented using a water softener
    or a scale inhibitor.
    Lime scale in pipes can also be an advantage (see above).

    2) Soap is wasted because more soap is required for washing.
    Soap in hard water forms a "scum" from reacting with
    the calcium or magnesium compounds in the water.
    Other detergents which do not contain soap
    do not form wasteful scum during washing."
     
  12. TheCenturion

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  13. j.col

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    :p:p
     
  14. physichull

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    I have never used water filters and am likely never to either. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger I guess.
     
  15. Crowort

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    J. col is some of your information backwards?

    I'm sure soft water means you use less soap. If you read the back of a washing powder box it tells you to use less for soft and more for hard.

    The taste thing is likely subjective but I hate the taste of hard water. Then again I'm Scottish so have been drinking soft water all my life.

    Edit: Nevermind about the soap I thought it was in 'advantages' for some reason
     
    Last edited: 12 Aug 2010
  16. j.col

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    i am from ireland, and like you was reared on soft water, trust me, if you taste hard water for the first time, its horrible:eek:

    i found the info on gcse science, here is link
    http://www.gcsescience.com/f6.htm