Hard water is known for causing lime scale and leading to the slow death of appliances and water systems, but when do we class water as hard and what can you do to protect your appliances when you live in an area with hard water.
What is hard water?
Hard water is water with a high mineral content as opposed to soft water which is low in magnesium and calcium, properties which are prominent in hard water. Hard water develops when when rain water, which is completely calcium free, falls to the ground and filters through rocks and stones, dissolving minerals and soaking them up.
Which issues come with hard water?
Having hard water does not mean that your water is of lower quality, but its mineral content can cause limescale which can some issues around the house. The build-up of lime scale leads to corrosion, restricts the water flow in pipes, reduces the heating efficiency in boilers or leads to the overheating and failure of your boilers, resulting in high costs for repairs and replacements.
What can you do to protect your appliances?
There are numerous water treatments out there to protect your appliances from the issues mentioned above – some are more efficient than others. To get an overview of the options out there, check out this water softener comparison to help you make a decision that works for you and your home. Your decision very much depends on what your water softener to achieve – some of them change the chemical balance of your water, others permanently remove the calcium and magnesium from it to prevent the development of lime scale and yet others just tackle the issue in specific areas of your house.
Have you had issues with hard water in your home? How have you tackled them?