Water Softeners: How to Deal with Hard Water in Your Home

a water softener installed under a kitchen sink
(Image credit: Harvey Water Softener)

If you live in a hard water area, installing a water softener is a lifeline to dealing with the effects of limescale build up. Limescale isn’t only something that floats in your kettle, it affects your appliances, pipes, taps and even the health of your hair and skin. 

Fortunately, minimising the issues caused by hard water is as easy as choosing to have a water softener installed, but what do you need to know about them? We dig into the facts (and myths) surrounding water softeners in this guide to help you decide if they’re the right choice for your home. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.