When people move into a new area, one aspect of their new home that they might not have paid too much attention to is the hardness of the water around them.

Despite this, water hardness can have a huge effect on homes and the people who live in them, and these consequences can be both positive and negative in nature.

Water hardness is the level of calcium and magnesium in the water, which you can generally tell through how it tastes.

It is not always terrible, as calcium and magnesium are typically good for body health, but they can have consequences in other ways, such as causing skin irritation, brittle hair and potential hair loss in some cases.

It can also affect the pipes in the home, leading to increased heating bills and damage to water-based appliances.

However, a more noticeable effect some people might see is an increase in white spots and marks on taps and around sinks.

This white residue is typically caused by soap scum, a combination of soap, calcium and magnesium that creates a chalky-white material that clings to taps and other fixtures.

Whilst it primarily looks unsightly, it can potentially lead to the development of mould, mildew and bacteria, which can make a bathroom a health hazard in the wrong circumstances.

Thankfully, there are ways to remove soap scum using either easily available products or homemade cleaning solutions that use white vinegar mixed with water, combinations of vinegar and bicarbonate and soda, or lemon juice.

However, these solutions are more for dealing with the aftermath of the problem. Solving the issue itself is easily achieved using a block salt softener.

Easily installed in your water supply, water softeners remove soap scum, limescale and all of the problems they provide whilst still keeping the benefits of water with calcium and magnesium.