Hard v. soft water

Hard water is so called because of the minerals and other contaminants it picks up on its way from the sky to your home, such as calcium and magnesium. While not necessarily harmful to you, those deposits are certainly harmful to your home – most likely the biggest financial investment you’ll make. Soft water is simply that same water, but with those added, unwanted extras stripped out.

Well over half of the UK is classified as a hard water area, with the east and south-east of England particularly high on the scale of severity. There are very large areas where the water is very hard, with small pockets of softer water and then over to the west, in Wales, and down to Devon and Cornwall, the water becomes considerably softer. That’s great if you live in those regions, but for the rest of us you’re most likely living with hard water. Even traditionally soft water areas may experience hard water from time to time.

Soft water makes sense

There are a number of very good reasons why it’s worth softening hard water, from protecting and prolonging the life of your household appliances and boiler to permanently eradicating the limescale blight from your surfaces. Soft water is gentle on your skin and hair, can alleviate the symptoms of eczema, and will save you money as you’ll need less shower gel and shampoo.

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