Water quality varies from town to town, region to region and can even be different according to the street that you live on, so how can you tell if your water is soft or hard and whether you need to invest in water softener for your home?
Ten clear signs that you need to invest in water softener
- The colour of your water
If your water is not clear, then it may have minerals in it, particularly if it is very cloudy. This can be a sign of hard water.
- The taste of your water
Hard water can taste bad sometimes, due to the mineral content. If it doesn’t taste right then you might need to invest in water softener.
- Lime scale build-up around sinks and taps
If your sink and taps suffer from lime scale build up it’s a sure sign of hard water and could cause problems in your home longer term
- Lime scale in your kettle
Again, another sign that the water in your house is hard, is a constant build-up of lime scale inside your kettle.
- Stains on your clothes after washing
Hard water is not great at interacting with washing powder and makes it harder to rinse, so white stains on your clothes is a positive sign of hard water. You might also find it takes a lot more washing powder and washing up liquid to create a lather when cleaning around the home.
- Skin and hair problems
Hard water does not interact effectively with soaps, shampoos and shower gels meaning you can end up with residue left on your skin and hair. This can lead to skin and hair conditions including dry and itchy skin problems.
- Blocked pipes in your home
Mineral deposits from hard water can cause blocked pipes and leaks so if you are always calling the plumber out it may be that you have hard water, and using a water softener could help to solve the problems.
- Appliances breaking down
If your washing machine, dishwasher and boiler break down frequently or don’t seem to be working efficiently, this can also be a sign of hard water which can easily be treated with a softener, saving money in appliance repair and replacement.
- High energy bills
If your appliances are not working efficiently, they will use up more energy than usual and you might see a spike in your energy bills. Using water softener will not only protect your home and appliances from further damage, but it can also lower your household bills overall.
- Your water company reports
Your water company should provide test reports on water quality on the website regularly so if you do some quick research online you should be able to find out for sure if you live in a hard water area or not.
If you do live in a hard water area, then investing in water softener could help save your appliances, reduce your energy bills and save some emergency plumber call-outs throughout the year.