Solutions For Living in a Hard Water Area

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Hard water is water that contains lots of dissolved calcium, magnesium and other minerals. If you live in a hard water area, you’re probably familiar with the problems that come along with it – dingy clothes that feel harsh and scratchy after washing, crusty ‘scale’ on your kettle and appliances and trouble working up a lather in the bath are just a few of them. Hard water can also clog up your pipes over time, reducing water pressure and increasing your heating bills.

Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions can also be exacerbated by hard water, and it can make shaving a pain too! Hair washed in hard water can become dry, frizzy and “gritty” and housework can be more difficult too, as shower cubicles and work surfaces will become dirty more frequently and require more effort to clean off again.

There are a few ways around these problems, however. People living in hard water areas often have to use a laundry detergent, as soap-based products do not produce as many suds so they don’t wash clothes as effectively. Washing powders and liquids for a variety of different water hardness situations are now available – in some cases, you may need to use a bit more than the manufacturer recommends in order to achieve a good wash.

You can also reduce damage to your dishwasher, tank and pipes by reducing the temperature of your boiler a little. With a temperature of around 55 degrees C, you’ll reduce the amount of scale that builds up as water evaporates. A heavily scaled kettle can also be treated by boiling white vinegar in it to remove deposits.

However, you may decide to go for a more complete solution. Domestic water softeners are becoming more popular in homes around the country, and work by ion exchange. Put simply, the water is passed through a resin that swaps calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions. Sodium salts are highly soluble – so they don’t cause scale, scum or any of the other problems associated with hard water.

Softened water is also good for the environment, as you will require fewer detergents, phosphates and other chemicals in your cleaning products, which can contaminate water supplies when they go down the drain. These are just some of the benefits of soft water – give it a try for yourself and you’ll see the difference!

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