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Living in a hard water area can play havoc with your home in many different ways and can cause problems for you and your property, leading to damage, inconvenience, and large household bills.

Hard water causes many issues around the home including lime scale clogging up your kettle, dishwasher and washing machine, to scummy deposits in your sink and toilet and even blocked and corroded pipes. Using a water softener can help prevent these problems occurring.

What is hard water?

The level of water hardness is down to how much calcium and magnesium is in your water supply. It varies hugely from region to region because it depends on the soil and rock combinations which are found in the area where you live.

Water comes from underground originally and will have passed through various types of soil or rock before making its way to your house. If the area you live in has high levels of chalk or limestone in the ground, then your water supply will absorb higher levels of calcium and magnesium from the rocks, resulting in hard water.

If you live in an area which contains more granite and slate, you are likely to have softer water, so unfortunately it is a matter of Geography. But there are solutions out there to help you solve the water problems in your home.

Why does hard water lead to higher bills?

Unfortunately the main reason is that the minerals present in hard water, create deposits within pipes which clog them up.

These blockages mean appliances like the washing machine and the dishwasher will run less efficiently. This inefficiency will result in much higher than usual energy bills for your house, adding unnecessary expense to your budget.

But worse than that, the mineral deposits are also potentially damaging your appliances. Hard water can cause pipes to leak and shorten the lifespan of appliances compared to those running in a soft water region, or using a water softener. In the worst case scenario the deposits will actually cause your appliances to break down, creating costly replacement bills for you.

Hard water also leaves visible scum marks around sinks, plugholes and baths, as well as making shower glass doors appear dirty – again, this can cost money in having to repeatedly buy specialist lime scale cleaning products or again, having to replace items altogether. Using a water softener will prevent all of these problems occurring.

Another cost is in terms of the amount of personal cleaning products you will get through such as shampoo and washing up liquid, because hard water makes it difficult to get up a good lather, and also difficult to rinse, so you end up using more product and then using more water, when washing yourself, your dishes or your clothing, again, all the time increasing  your household bills compared with a house using water softener.

Hard water in your home can increase your household bills by causing appliances to run inefficiently, damaging appliances so they break down, causing you to buy more washing and cleaning products, which all adds up to a much higher monthly household spend than in a soft water area.

Using a water softener product can help prevent all of these problems, thereby reducing your household outgoings as well as saving the life of your appliances all in one go.