How Hard is My Water?

Use our water hardness checker to find out how hard the water is in your area. At a level of 100ppm or more, you could benefit from a water softener.

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There are various factors that affect the hardness of water coming into your specific property

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    Do you know about all the negative effects that water hardness in your area can have on your life? Hard water is bad for:

    Your Home

    Your Appliances

    Your Bills

    Your Skin and hair

    Your environment

    Your Home

    It’s likely that, being in a hard water area, you see a lot of limescale in your home – in your kettle, around your taps, on your shower, etc. Limescale is a white powdery build up caused by the higher levels of magnesium and calcium present in hard water. Your hard water means you’ll need to clean more frequently to keep limescale at bay.

    Your Appliances

    Hard water is much less kind to your appliances and pipes than soft. This is because the increased levels of magnesium and calcium in hard water cause build ups that can reduce the effectiveness and lifespan of your pipes and appliances. You may find your appliances don’t last as long as they would in a soft water area, and you should keep an eye on the inner-workings for any build up.

    Your Bills

    The hard water in Brighton is likely to contribute to higher household bills because you need to use more of common household goods like shampoos and cleaning products. You’ll also find your appliances don’t last as long or perform as effectively as they do in a soft water area, meaning higher maintenance and replacement bills.

    Your Skin and hair

    Your water can have a huge impact on the condition of your skin. Water in Brighton is hard which means it has higher levels of magnesium and calcium which can damage the skin’s protective barriers, leading to dryness or skin conditions. Look out for deep nourishing treatments and try using gloves when washing up. Softening your water can also help.

    Your environment

    Household products tend to be much less effective in hard water areas. Things like shampoos, conditioners, soaps, bubble bath products and cleaning products will all struggle to lather as they would in a soft water area and you’ll find you need to use more of them to get the same effect. This means more plastic bottles and more chemicals in your home.

    Benefits of Softened Water

    Free-flowing pipework

    Your Harvey water softener won’t just prevent new limescale deposits. The softened water in your system will gradually dissolve old limescale so your pipes and appliances run freely again.

    Soft on skin

    Research shows a link between hard water and skin conditions like eczema. Softened water is less drying and abrasive on skin and hair – you’ll feel the difference with every wash.

    Less time cleaning

    With less limescale and residue in your bathroom and kitchen, you’ll save time and effort on scrubbing and scouring scum away.

    Shinier home

    Say goodbye to the visible dullness and white build-up that hard water causes. You’ll see the difference in your kettle, on taps and surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens.

    Cheaper bills

    Save on cleaning products and toiletries because you’ll need less of them to create a lather with softened water. You’ll cut the cost of appliance repairs and replacements caused by hard water damage – and you can strike expensive descaling products off your shopping list.

    Longer-lasting appliances

    Banishing limescale means appliances like showers, washing machines, dishwashers and hot water systems last longer, work better and need fewer repairs.

    There are various factors that affect the hardness of water coming into your specific property

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    What is hard water and what are its effects?

    Hard water contains higher levels of magnesium and calcium minerals. Hardness is measured in parts per million (ppm) – water with levels of 200ppm or more is described as hard. Hard water is created when natural soft rainwater falls on porous ground and picks up magnesium and calcium particles from it. It retains this hardness in reservoirs where it’s stored and when it enters your home in the mains supply.

    In general, hard water is bad news for your home. It creates limescale build-up that stains and dulls surfaces. Limescale deposits can collect in pipes and in appliances like washing machines, showers and kettles. It can cause corrosion, which can damage them and make them less efficient. Hard water can be harsh on your skin. Some studies have shown there’s a link between hard water and dry skin conditions like eczema. Hard water doesn’t lather well, so you typically need to use more detergents, toiletries and cleaning products.

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