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What is hard water? What are the benefits of softened water for your home? How can BWT help?

Hard Water

13.6.2019 0:00   BWT UK

What is hard water?


We have all seen the effects limescale has on our household appliances. Over the years, limescale can build up in pipes and various appliances like the washing machine, kettle etc. However, do we really understand where this limescale comes from and how to limit the damage it causes?


Limescale occurs because of hard water. It is estimated that over 60% of us in the UK, live in hard water areas and as such, the UK is classified as having very hard water (1). Hard water, it seems, has a major impact on most of us but what exactly is it? Rainwater is naturally soft but once it flows over rocks (such as limestone) on its way to a reservoir, it picks up natural hardness minerals, such as calcium carbonate and magnesium (2). When these minerals enter the water, it makes the soft water, hard. As such, hard water is defined as having a higher mineral content. These minerals are great for drinking water but lead to scale in your appliances and surfaces around the home.


Below, you can find out more about where you will see a large concentration of hard water, the effects it has on your home and the benefits of soft water.


What are the effects of hard water on your home?


How hard is the water in my area?



Hard water can predominantly be found in the South East of England. The reason for this being that, these regions are made up of primarily, limestone and chalk rocks. These rocks have a high concentration of calcium and magnesium minerals, which cause water to harden. As represented on the map opposite, Scotland and Wales have larger areas of soft to moderately hard water.



Hard water on your home


BWT UK conducted some consumer research about hard water and here is the result: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hard Water


What are the effects of hard water on your home?



One of the biggest effects of hard water on your home is the build-up of limescale on home appliances and surfaces. Calcium is the mineral that causes excess limescale around your homes. The more calcium found within your water, the harder it is. As a result, appliances and surfaces can become ineffective and dull, possibly reducing their lifespan. Hard water can also affect you and your family. Hard water can make your skin increasingly dry and if you have Eczema, the water can leave your skin feeling more uncomfortable. Your clothes, unfortunately, are also affected with fabrics losing their freshness and becoming dull.



How can BWT help?



With a BWT Luxury Water Softener, rest assured, hard water will no longer become a problem when it comes to tackling limescale on your home appliances and surfaces. There are also added benefits for your skin and hair.



How exactly does a water softener get rid of the hardness?




Hard water enters via the control valve. It is channelled through upper distributor into the pressure vessel and down through the resin. The water gives up its calcium and magnesium ions, which stick to the resin and exchanging them for the sodium ions, hence the term ion exchange. The softened water, passes into the lower distributor, up through the riser tube and out through the valve into the water supply.



What are the benefits of softened water for your home?



What are the benefits of softened water for your home?


Home appliances will often last longer: No more water-spotting residue: save time and money on cleaning household surfaces. Things like scrubbing granite worktops and ceramics become a thing off the past. Household bills improve: with there being a reduction on purchasing cleaning materials, you will only use up to half of what you would normally use. As a result, overall household bills will improve.



What are the benefits of softened water for you and your family?



Skin feels better: with skin retaining its natural oils, it will no longer feel dry and tight. This can be especially beneficial to those suffering from Eczema. Hair will feel healthier: softened water helps keep your hair feeling, silky, soft and dandruff-free. Laundry stays looking fresh: your clothes and towels will feel a lot softer and fluffier. With colours keeping their brightness and lasting for longer.


Hard water can be problematic for a number of reasons, and it is always important to check how hard the water is in your area. However, this does not mean it is impossible to tackle. With the help of silky soft Luxury Water, you can overcome many of the obstacles that arise from having hard water in your home. With home appliances lasting longer, your skin and hair feeling healthier and saving money as a whole – the benefits are endless for you, your family and your home.


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(1) What is hard water? Is London’s tap water safe to drink and does it cause limescale? Here’s how to protect your skin, hair and home


(2) Water hardness


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