Hard Water & Soft Water [Infographic]
We recently ran a questionnaire to find out more about how you felt towards the water you drink. Surprisingly, 33% of you didn’t even know the hardness of your water, so we felt it was a grand idea to give you all the information you’re ever going to need about it in this handy infographic!
What Is ‘Hard’ Water?
As rainwater makes its way through the earth, and into our waterways, it picks up minerals from the rocks underground. These minerals include lime, chalk, magnesium and calcium. The hardness of the water in your area depends on just how many minerals have been deposited into your supply as it’s undertaken its journey.
The Effects of Hard Water
Over time, scale deposits in your pipes, reducing the efficiency and life expectancy of your appliances, whilst increasing their running costs. Because hard water doesn’t lather easily, you’ll be using more shampoo than you need to. Dry, chalky skin and/or hair? Hard water is the culprit! You’ll also be spending more money on laundry detergent and washing up liquid. And with all that extra plastic being used, the environment will take the hit as well
Where Is Water Hardest?
Over 13,000,000 households in the UK are affected by hard water. That’s 60% of the UK population. As a general rule of thumb, the further East you go, the harder water is. It’s also particularly hard in London and parts of the Southwest. Parts of Wales also suffer from moderately hard water, and the Irish have a pretty hard time of it too…
3 Ways To Treat Hard Water
So you have a hard water problem. That’s ok! We are here to offer you a few different solutions: from the good old-fashioned, to the latest in water-softening technology.
|VINEGAR SOLUTION||DESCALER||WATER SOFTENER|
|Will get rid of those annoying water marks on your windows||Perfect for dishwashers, kettles, and coffee machines||Gets rid of hard water at the source, saving you time and money!|
|Cheap and cheerful||Will cost a lot over time||High initial cost|
|Only a temporary fix||Only a temporary fix||Long-term solution|
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