A large proportion of the UK lives with hard water, and has to deal with its effects on a daily basis, but many people are unaware of the facts about hard and soft water. As experts in water softeners in Maidenhead, we wanted to present the need-to-know facts about the realities of living with hard water.

A third of Brits have experienced limescale damage to their home appliances, with showers, washing machines, taps and pipes being affected. The worst affected is the humble kettle, with many more people having discovered the effect of limescale build up on this essential kitchen appliance.

More detergent is required to get cloths soft and clean for washing machines, and limescale build up can seriously damage the appliance. Any household appliance that requires water will be come damaged and less efficient over time as the scale deposits build up. Even a 1.6mm coating of limescale on a heating element in the heating system can make it up to 12 per cent less effective.

Many people have believe that their water supply has a detrimental effect on their skin and hair, It can cause damage to hair colour and cause dye to fade more quickly. Some find it is ageing their skin, making it look older. Many buy creams and lotions especially to counteract the effect of hard water on our bodies, which on average costs £218.76 per year.

It will cause soap scum to build up on your skin and block pores, which makes moisturisers much less efficient. The minerals in hard water strip moisture from your skin, and prevent the natural oils in your body from doing their job, which can make your skin age faster. Elements in hard water such as iron and calcium, can form free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and cause a breakdown of collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.

Tackle the problems of hard water by contacting water softener experts in Hertfordshire today!