This guide explains everything you need to know about hard water.
We cover what it is, how to find out if you’re affected, and explains what you can do about it.
Hard water has a higher mineral content than usual. It occurs in areas where the water filters through limestone and chalk before reaching the reservoir.
The minerals found in hard water are usually calcium and magnesium.
Hard water is entirely safe to drink and bathe in. The only thing you might notice is your skin gets drier than normal if you’re not used to it.
If you live in a hard water area, your body will be used to it. If you’ve just moved to one, your body will adapt to it in no time.
While it’s safe, hard water can cause a few problems around the house. Typically, it leaves calcium or chalk deposits behind in kettles, appliances, pipes, and on clothes.
However, it’s easy to stop the deposits from building up.
While you can’t do anything about getting hard water through your pipes, there are a few things you can do to make it easier to live with:
If you’re getting hard white residue in your kettle, cups, or sink, then you’re most likely in a hard water area. You’ll probably find more limescale around the showerhead and taps too.
However, if you’re unsure, these water companies deal with hard water. Click the links to find out the water quality in your area: