If there’s one thing that should be reliable above anything else in your home, it should be your utility supply.

Drinking water is vital for the health of the family. Hard water may not directly affect your family’s health, so it often goes unchallenged, but there are ways that it could be making your home life a little (or even a lot) worse.

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What is hard water?

Before we go into the headaches and heartaches it can cause, we should understand what we’re dealing with, first. Hard water is effectively water that has high mineral contents. The water that comes into the home picks up natural mineral deposits from things like limestone and chalk. These typically don’t affect your health, but the high mineral content can affect the water, as well as the water-using appliances throughout the home.

 

Scale, scale everywhere

Keeping the home clean is a duty that we like to be able to ensure we can do. However, it can be made a lot harder when some of the mess made is being caused by the water coming out of your taps. Hard water is water that has certain mineral buildups in them. These minerals can start to build up on your taps, as well as in tubs and showers, and in kettles, requiring you to clean them more often.

 

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Of course, we like to be able to wash our own bodies, as well. Hard water can make this a little more difficult, however, as minerals in the water can react with the soap to make it harder to get a lather. What’s more, hard water can clog up the shower, reducing the water pressure. There are bar soaps for hard water that are designed specifically to address this, but you need to manually clean out your shower head.

 

It tastes and smells bad

A nice cool glass of water should be something that you look forward to on a hot summer’s day or after a workout. Hard water can often come with a host of issues that make it harder to stomach, such as odour and taste changes, as well as cloudiness and discolouration. Domestic water softener systems can help you filter the water. This can make it look, smell, and taste a lot fresher when it comes out of the tap.

 

Clogging up your heater

The average hot water heater is supposed to last up to a decade with no issues. However, hard water can leave mineral deposits building up in the heater that can do as much as halving this lifespan. Limescale can damage and stress the heating elements to the point that you have to replace them, so it’s important to have a hot water engineer come out and take a look at it at least once a year.

 

If hard water is causing any of the problems mentioned above, then it’s time to do something about it. We’ve outlined some of the issues above, but we’ve also outlined some of the solutions so don’t be afraid to give them a try.

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