If you’ve never thought much about whether you live in a soft or hard water area, now could be the time to do so – and to install water softeners in Berkshire if you realise you have hard water coming out of your taps.

On the face of it, this may not seem like a big problem, but hard water can cause a number of issues around the home. It can also be responsible for drying out your skin, which could be particularly bad news if you suffer from eczema, as recently noted by the Express.

If you have hard water, one of the first things you’ll notice is a buildup of limescale in your appliances and you’ll see white streaks and marks appearing on taps and sinks. You may also notice stains in your bathtub.

All of these marks are typically caused by a buildup of the minerals found in hard water and they can be difficult to remove over time.

You can also see streaks and marks on glassware if you have hard water in your home, which again can be hard to shift. All of these signs point to the fact that you could benefit from a water softener.

It’s not only homeowners who could benefit from having a water filter fitted. Bar Magazine recently suggested that bars could save considerable amounts of money on equipment repair, as well as improving the flavour of the foods and drinks they sell by purchasing this piece of equipment.

Scale, which generally occurs in hard water areas, is a particular concern for bars because it can affect the performance of ice machines, coffee machines, boilers and post-mix systems, among other things.