When it comes to hard and soft ware, many people don’t tend to understand what it means exactly, or what the difference is between them. At SPM Plumbing and Heating, we’re a team of professional plumbers, so we have put together a list of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

What’s The Difference Between Hard And Soft Water?

Hard water contains high amounts of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium, this is absorbed when the water comes into contact with rock like chalk or limestone, water takes a long journey before it gets to our home, so on the way it’s no uncommon for it to pick up minerals. Soft water contains fewer minerals which means the water remains more in its natural state.

What are the implications of this?

When hard water is heating, limescale and deposits can build up in your pipes and appliances, this means things like your shower may require been cleaned more often, a regular build up in the pipes can rescue the water flow. Hard water can also make products like soaps and conditioners less effective when being used.

Home appliances including washing machines and dishwashers will usually need to work at a maximum if they’re working in hard water conditions. If they’re not maintained correctly, then appliances can break down and end up with a shorter life space, you can improve this by using salt based products which help to negate the effect of the hard water.

Soft water tends to be preferable for cleaning as it reduces the amount of scum and dirt on items such as glassware and showers. People in areas with soft water use less detergent and less energy when using cleaning appliances. Soft water can be resistant to chlorine.

Which is better for me?

Both hard and soft water are safe to use, hard water usually tastes better but can be less effective when used in appliances. Soft water is good for washing hair but is resistant to chemicals when they’re adding in the water.

Limescale can easily build up in kettles and create a brown scum like stain on your team or coffee, it’s not harmful but it doesn’t look too pleasant. By regularly cleaning your appliances and using anti limescale tablets, these can help breakdowns in limescale and help your appliances work for longer.

Is it possible to make hard water soft?

Yes, there are some ways where you can make hard water soft, one of these ways is to add salt to the hard water, professional plumbers believe in helping customers who suffer from hard water improve the quality of their water and the performance of their appliances. Alternative is to use a conditioner or scale inhibitor, rather than removing the minerals and replacing them with something else, this can change the water so that minerals pass through the system. This can also prevent the build up of limescale and your water is still safe to drink.