North East Water Softeners

Hard VS Soft Water

Hard VS Soft Water

What is hard water?

The geology of the ground in the region where you live has a big impact on whether you receive ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ water from your water provider. 13 million households in the UK have hard water which can result in a massive 70kg of limescale build up in your system. Pure rainwater is infact naturally soft, but when the water passes through soft rock such as chalk and limestone it picks up calcium and magnesium minerals in its path resulting in hard water. This then inevitably manifests itself as limescale in your home.

What is soft water?

Not all areas of the UK however experience hard water. Some areas are renowned for having very soft water, again as a result of the geology in those regions. The regions to the North and West of the UK are mainly made up of hard igneous rock such as granite whereby the rainwater simply runs over the hard rock. This means when the rainwater eventually reaches your home it is left naturally ‘soft’. However, with the development of wider water distribution networks, some parts of the UK which have historically been soft water areas, are now being delivered hard water to their homes.

Measuring water hardness

Water hardness is measured in ‘parts per million’ (ppm) of mineral deposits in your water. A soft water areawould have under 100 ppm and a hard to very hard water area would have more than 280 ppm. You can find out how hard the water is in your home by visiting the website of your local water provider. Simply type in your postcode and it will tell you the hardness of your water where you live. Alternatively, you can request a water test strip from your local Authorised Kinetico Dealer or they will be pleased to visit and conduct a hard water test.

So what’s the science bit?

Showering in soft water may give you the sensation that soap and shampoo hasn’t been rinsed away as your skin feels so incredibly soft and naturally moisturised. In fact, by removing the dissolved rock from your water (magnesium and calcium), a water softener provides you with soft water that thoroughly cleans your skin and hair, allowing your skin’s own natural softening and moisturising oils do their job. Hard water can clog the skin’s pores with soap residue preventing your skins natural moisture and oils from coming out, leaving skin dry and hair dull.

After your shower in soft water, you are actually much cleaner than when you shower in hard water. Installing a water softener can give your skin and hair enviable benefits - beautifully soft skin and your hair silky smooth.

Many of us will not even realise the detrimental effects hard water is having on our skin and hair. We simply compensate for hard water stripping out our body’s natural moisture and oils by lathering on a whole host of expensive creams which is only a quick-fix and not a longer-term solution.

Hence installing a water softener has obvious money-saving benefits to your wallet too.

Not only will you need to use half as much face and body moisturiser, you’ll also notice that because soft water makes shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath go so much further, the reality is you’ll use up to 75% less of these products too.