Having hard water isn’t something you should worry about, it means the water we supply to your taps is rich in minerals from the natural limestone in the area
Hard water isn’t harmful to your health. In fact, some argue that it could actually be beneficial because of all those natural minerals you’re filling your body with. On the other hand, it’s those very minerals that can cause limescale build up, can reduce the lifespan of your appliances (your kettle, dishwasher, washing machine), and generally be a bit of a pain in the backside.
Really, the most likely impact of having hard water is using a little more detergent than normal to wash your clothes, or a little more shampoo than usual to wash your hair. Hard water is also the reason you might see that ‘film’ on top of your cup of tea if you don’t stir it enough (hope that answers Doc Brown’s question)
Pop your postcode in and have a look how hard the water is in your area.
But how can I reduce the hardness of my water?
You can’t get rid of the hardness in your water easily, but there are a few simple things you can do to make sure your appliances can live a little longer:
- Descale your appliances regularly
If used regularly, appliance cleaners and descalers (usually found in supermarkets), can break down the mineral build up caused by hard water
- Keep your dishwasher salt topped up
It's easy to forget to top up the salt in your dishwasher, and it's usually really cheap and easy to find any supermarket. The salt acts as a water softener and reduces the likelihood of scale build up.
- Consider fitting water filters to your taps with water softeners (but this can be pricey)
Water filters and water softeners can be fitted to internal pipework to reduce minerals in your water. This can be effective but the cost of filters can be quite high.