Hard Water? Possible Solutions

April 28, 2006 at 6:26 am

Although we are blessed with good quality drinking water here in the UK and probably take it for granted that we can just turn on the tap and receive a continual supply of clean drinkable water, many households are faced with the annoyance of hard water.

Hard water occurs when there are minerals such as calcium and magnesium in the water, picked up when the rain water passes through rocks and soil. The area you live in will make a difference to the hardness of your water and water will pick up more minerals and be harder if it passes through soft rocks like chalk or limestone.

Hard water, although not actually being bad for us healthwise (the minerals contained can be beneficial in our diet) can be a nuisance around the house. It can make cleaning the bathroom more difficult and shorten the life of appliances due to limescale buildup. Many people will be familiar with that scaly deposit on the kettle element.

Washing in hard water may also cause your skin or hair to be dryer and require more soap, shampoo and laundry powder to be used.

For these negative reasons, many people are considering water softners and treatment devices in order to lengthen the life of that expensive washing machine or heating system.

There are various options to choose from and this treatment comparison table may be helpful. This more detailed water treatment site has some handy information too for those looking for some home water treatment advice.

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