When we what to find out if we live in an area with hard or soft water, we are often instructed to look at a map which specifically demarcates these areas of the UK. There are plenty available to view with a quick online search. However, these are often quite detailed, and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which area applies to you.
You may find that you live in an area on or near the border of hard and soft area; in other cases, you may not be able to find out exactly where your domestic water supply originates from. So what other ways can you determine your water quality?
The best way is to simply look out for the tell-tale signs of hard water in your home. Water is labelled “hard” if it has a high content of magnesium and calcium, which pass into the water through the natural sediments and rock structures, and it is deposits of these minerals that you will notice if your water is hard.
Do household appliances get furred up quickly?
Hard water tends to leave a crusty deposit around showerheads, kettle spouts, taps, and other household appliances. If you notice a build-up of such deposits, it is likely that your water has a high concentration of mineral deposits.
Do soaps and shampoos lather poorly?
If you find that a small portion of shampoo lathers well, then you may have soft water. Hard water makes it more difficult for soaps to lather. You may find that it also leaves your hair looking dull and flat after washing, and leaves a deposit of scum in the bath or shower tray.
Do you suffer from dry skin?
There is some evidence to suggest that hard water can irritate the skin, exacerbating existing conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. This may be especially noticeable after washing.
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