Here in the UK, we’re pretty spoiled with regards to what comes out of our taps at home. Millions of tests are carried out each year to make sure that the water we drink is safe – but in some parts of the country, people do have to live with harder water than others.

But what exactly is hard water? Basically, once rainwater contacts the ground it will either stay soft or harden up, depending on where you are in the country. The harder the water supply, the more limescale you’ll find it leave around your house.

Different types of rock affect the water you get out of your tap – rainwater itself is naturally soft and it’s only when it contacts the ground that it starts to change. If it passes through rock like chalk and limestone, this rainwater will collect magnesium and calcium minerals – which makes your water hard. When heated up, the minerals in the water combine to form limescale.

Hard water can actually cause a bit of damage to the appliances in your home, which is why it might be a good idea to invest in Berkshire water softeners so you can protect your dishwasher and washing machine – and save yourself a pretty penny into the bargain.

Interestingly, hard water can also trigger skin conditions like eczema and a water softener can actually help improve the symptoms, so if you or your children are suffering in this regard it might be worth buying a softener so you can see if it makes a difference.