Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. It occurs when water filters through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium carbonate.
Hard drinking water can have moderate health benefits and actually contributes calcium and magnesium to our diet. However, it can cause major issues, particularly with your plumbing. In these environments, water hardness should be measured and to avoid costly breakdowns in treated equipment.
In domestic settings, a poor later when using soaps, and the build-up of limescale in kettles and water heaters generally suggest that hard water is present in the home.
Other effects include limescale formation in heating elements which increases energy costs and cleaning around the home is far more time consuming.
If left, hard water will:
- Block your pipework and appliances
- Destroy your shower and bath taps
- Increase cleaning efforts
- Devalue your home due to unsightly limescale
- Increase your energy bill by up to 55%
- Irritate skin conditions
To deal with the issue, a water conditioner or water softener is usually installed in the home. A water softener and a water conditioner do differ. Neither are the perfect solution but based on your families needs and wants, one option will more than likely be the best choice for you.
Read our article ‘What’s the difference between a salt based water softener and an Aquabion?’ to find out more.