Hard water and water softeners

Here at Mr Central Heating, we wanted to compile some facts and figures about hard water and water softeners. In addition to that, some advice on how domestic water softeners work for your home. and the benefits of softened water in your home water supply.

Hard Water Facts & Figures

  • Hard water is found in 60% of the U.K. water systems
  • Areas like London and Kent tend to produce the most hard water, as they have a chalk and limestone geology.
  • Water hardness is measured in GPG (grains per gallon).
  • Local water authority data such as from water treatment plants shows the Suffolk area has harder water than any other in the UK.
  • Hard water is measured by the quantities of calcium carbonate which is a key mineral component
  • The top five hard water towns include Luton (360 mg per liter of water), Norwich (359 mg/l) and Watford (358 mg/l).
  • A fifth of us buy products, such as creams and lotions, specifically to counteract the effect of hard water on our skin and hair. On average this costs us £218.76 per year.
  • We use water a lot. In fact, Brits will boil the kettle 82,095 times during the average adult lifetime. They will also use the washing machine 5,224 times.  Dishwashers and combi boilers also use a lot of water.
  • We have an average of 15,458 showers and 3,567 baths during our adult years. Usage takes its toll if you live in a hard water area as our research also found limescale damage on appliances cost an average of £311.87 in repairs in the last five years.
  • You can check on various water board websites how hard your water is by entering your postcode.

Benefits of having a water softener

  • Those without one require more detergent is needed to get your clothes clean and soft. Affecting your appliance and your wallet.
  • Household appliances will become damaged less and run more efficiently as limescale deposits don't get to build up from the hard water. Which you then won't have to ingest in drinking water.
  • A water softener can prevent the damage to hair colour and cause dye to have a longer life.
  • It prevents soap scum building up on your skin, blocking your pores and making moisturisers less effective. Again, ultimately saving you money.
  • Soft water may make your skin age slower; the minerals in hard water can strip moisture from your skin whilst preventing the natural oils in your body from doing their job.
  • Even a tiny coating of limescale on an element in the heating system can make it up to 12 per cent less effective, something a water softening system would prevent.
  • To remove scale and water stains left by hard water, we require acid based cleaners, which can damage chrome and glass if used often, therefore potentially shortening the life of kitchen sinks and plumbing pipes too.
  • A water softener can help with hot water pressure and power within your shower, as it keeps the shower head clear of mineral deposits

Maps of Hard Water Areas

Find out where the best water and worst water within the UK is.

Source: https://www.scaleguard.co.uk/hard-water-areas.html

Find out more about water softening systems, along with water softeners for hard water and view available products at https://www.mrcentralheating.co.uk/system-protection/water-softeners - so that you can reduce running costs today!

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