You may have noticed the difference in water quality when you go away on holiday. So why do some areas in the UK have hard water?
Read on to find out more…
What is hard water?
Hard water is water which has high concentrations of the minerals calcium and magnesium. It causes limescale to build up on surfaces and in pipes and appliances around your home. Not only unsightly and difficult to clean, the limescale can itself cause a whole host of problems including energy inefficiency, reduced appliance lifespan as well as skin and hair issues.
So how does geography affect water hardness?
Hard water is something that is typically determined by the geology of the region you’re living in as certain types of rock can alter the water you get. When rainwater falls, it’s naturally soft – it’s only when it comes in contact with the ground that its state can change. Passing through soft rocks, like limestone and chalk, causes rainwater to collect calcium and magnesium minerals. The presence of these compounds mean the water is now ‘hard’ and when heated, those minerals will combine to form limescale. The geology in the UK can vary greatly so this is why water hardness can change from area to area.
How do I know if I live in a hard water area?
Aside from the very obvious signs of limescale build up, take a look at the map below which shows the different levels of water hardness around the uk.
What can I do if I live in a hard water area?
Now you know why some areas in the UK have hard water It’s obviously not a practical choice to move house just to have access to soft water in your home. By installing a water softener however you will get all the benefits of soft water, no matter which part of the country you are living in. Luckily, this is what we do best so all you need to do is get in touch and arrange your home survey with us today!