Hard vs soft water

What is the difference?

The water which enters our homes is different depending on where you are in the country. You may have noticed a difference when you travel from hard water to soft water areas.

Soft water will feel softer to the touch, can leave your hair in a better condition and may find your skin benefits from a reduction in dryness or outbreaks.

This difference is down to the existence (or not) of minerals in the water. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium, which are picked up as the water filters through rocks and across the ground before entering the water system. Soft water, on the other hand, does not contain these chemicals.

There are many documented benefits to softening your water, including benefits to the home, health and cost savings.

What is hard water?

Hard water is a natural occurrence when water passes through rocks and across the ground before entering our water supply.

As it moves, water picks up mineral deposits including calcium and magnesium. These minerals, whilst natural, create scale build up causing hard water damage throughout your home.

Hardness map redrawnHard and soft water areas

The hardness of your water is dependent on the area of the country in which you live.

There are certain areas where hard water is much more of a problem.

There are very few areas of the country with truly soft water and this is because all water from rainfall picks up mineral deposits as it moves through the ground. Water hardness is measured in parts per million (PPM).

Our expert advisors can test the water hardness in your area. To find out how hard your water is and how a water softener can benefit you, book your free demonstration with us using the form on this page.



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