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Do I Need A Water Filter If I Live In A Hard Water Area?

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By Ryan Tedder |  Published

You might think that all water is the same wherever you live, but not all water is the same. If you live in a hard water area, you're probably more than aware of its challenges. From limescale buildup inside pipework to the impact on your appliances, hard water can be a persistent problem. So, we'll look at whether investing in a water filter answers your worries about hard water while highlighting the benefits and things to think about if you’re struggling with hard water.

What is hard water?

Water is a fluid, so it can be hard to understand it being hard or soft. But hard water is all about the levels of mineral content found in it, including calcium and magnesium. Hard water is a common issue in the UK, affecting a large portion of the population and varies across different regions, with some areas experiencing more substantial levels than others.

Water from underground aquifers (groundwater) will have a higher mineral content than water from rivers and reservoirs (surface water). The water hardness level is usually measured in parts per million (ppm) and can range on a scale from 0 to 350, with 0 being very soft and 350 being very hard. Water companies typically use a mix of surface and groundwater in their supply. 

Living in a hard water area can have various consequences, both visible and hidden. One of the most noticeable impacts is limescale buildup in kettles, pipework, and household appliances. Limescale buildup not only affects the efficiency of these things but can also shorten their lifespan. Additionally, the minerals found in hard water can lead to dry skin and dull hair and affect how the water reacts with soap, reducing its ability to work up a soapy lather.

Water filtration for hard water

The idea of installing a water filter becomes particularly appealing if you’re struggling with the daily challenges posed by hard water. A water filtration system is designed to address hard water issues and works by removing or neutralising the minerals responsible for water hardness. So, if you think you need water filtration for hard water, should you invest in a water filtration system? 

These systems do come with several advantages. Firstly, it improves the taste and odour of your mains water, providing a more pleasant-tasting drinking experience. Secondly, by reducing the mineral content, a water filter helps to minimise limescale buildup in your dishwasher, washing machine, or kettle, leading to increased appliance efficiency and lifespan.

Get soft with Thirsty Work

When choosing a water filtration system for hard water, it's crucial to consider the specific needs of your home. Different systems use different technologies, such as ion exchange, reverse osmosis, or water softeners, so knowing the water hardness in your area can help determine the level of filtration you’ll need. 

But if you’re concerned about hard water in your area, speak to one of our Thirsty Work Pura consultants for more information or check out our water filtration options. While our Pura filters can be fitted to your mains supply, they can also be installed into our range of mains-fed water coolers to give you pure, fresh and great-tasting water every time you turn on your tap. 

Talk to our customer service team today about our water filtration systems for hard water, getting a quote, or starting your 10-day free water cooler trial. Call Thirsty Work on 01392 877 172, email, or message us today.