Free Hard Water Testing Strip
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Free Hard Water Testing Strip

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Found 10th Jan
Look at the top right hand side of their website to request one.


Up to 60% of UK homes suffer from hard water and limescale and these testing strips will allow you to check if your home is one of them.
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Be spammed and junked mailed for an eternity :-(

Unless you fancy one of these gadgets, (note, no price, you have to get a price list sent to you) which most likely doesn't work, just peer into your kettle and it will tell you if you have hard water or not!
Edited by: "nihcaj" 10th Jan
If you go to your water company's website, it may tell you exactly how hard the water is where you live. On mine, I put in my postcode and it allows me to download a water quality report showing the hardness as well as test results for loads of other things.
My kettle can tell me this
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Free is free. Strip requested. Thanks for sharing.
GH0STCIVIC6 m ago

Free is free. Strip requested. Thanks for sharing.


Be spammed and junked mailed for an eternity :-(

Unless you fancy one of these gadgets, (note, no price, you have to get a price list sent to you) which most likely doesn't work, just peer into your kettle and it will tell you if you have hard water or not!
Edited by: "nihcaj" 10th Jan
My kettle can tell me this
iwilliams544 m ago

My kettle can tell me this


Don't need no strip to tell you if you have hard water, As obvious as the day is long, And never being able to have a bubble bath that lasts more than 3 minutes.
Just taste it, mine is like the swimming baths but its within there rules. My ass its just crap water that we pay a bloody fortune for....
My shower screen already tells me this on a regular basis!
i can just online and see with hundreds of other things, good if you need to contasnt monitor the hardness.
Imagine what it is doing to your kidneys!.
I had a similar product to this (Littleplumber - google it) which did absolutely nothing. When I moaned after 6 months they explained that they had made a bad batch of the units and sent me another... which also did nothing.

However, if you are skeptical - just check out their reviews page. A glowing independent review from "Mrs Bradley, London". Yes, THE Mrs Bradley!!!!
Edited by: "RowanDDR" 10th Jan
If you go to your water company's website, it may tell you exactly how hard the water is where you live. On mine, I put in my postcode and it allows me to download a water quality report showing the hardness as well as test results for loads of other things.
Our water is that hard have shovel it and should hear the language it comes out with.
nihcaj6 h, 12 m ago

Be spammed and junked mailed for an eternity :-(Unless you fancy one of …Be spammed and junked mailed for an eternity :-(Unless you fancy one of these gadgets, (note, no price, you have to get a price list sent to you) which most likely doesn't work, just peer into your kettle and it will tell you if you have hard water or not!


Not sure about being spammed...

But 20 odd years ago we'd go through a couple of kettles, an immersion heater element and maybe the shower every few years caused by scale.

We invested in an incoloy (nickel I think) immersion heater element and that fixed that problem but still we suffered and then we invested in something similar to Electronic Water Conditioner and the only time we needed to replace the kettle was when we changed the colour in the kitchen

As for the shower....it's still the same one (although it's looking old now)

It's witchcraft I tell you.......witchcraft
Hard water her in oxfordshire, Calcium carbonate(CaCO3): 297 ppm, Degrees Clarke:21, Degrees German(DH):17, Degrees French:30
rachel_khan3 h, 11 m ago

If you go to your water company's website, it may tell you exactly how …If you go to your water company's website, it may tell you exactly how hard the water is where you live. On mine, I put in my postcode and it allows me to download a water quality report showing the hardness as well as test results for loads of other things.


For Yorkshire Water:

yorkshirewater.com/wat…ess

For Severn Trent:

stwater.co.uk/my-…ty/
Hot, I wouldn't mind testing seeing as though the water here is disgusting. Online it states 424.5mg/l of calcium carbonate and 169.8mg/l of calcium very hard water. Guess I can keep watching out for those kettle deals on here
Your water's soft: no action needed.
Your water's hard: you need to spend at least £400 on an effective softener

What have you actually gained by testing?
Any recommendations on people who've had to use a water softener?
LOL! hardwater
SkippyDoo22 m ago

Any recommendations on people who've had to use a water softener?


Yes, get one if you have hard water!
Leave the kitchen tap on hard water as it is marginally better for drinking and cooking (although of course your kettle will still fur up...) but the benefits of soft water for showers, washing machines, dishwashers and your pipework makes it well worth the cost.
Once you have tried it you won't go back, I would (and have done) immediately install a water softener if I were to move to another house in a hard water area- always assuming there wasn't one there already!
Buy a Bosch dishwasher and you get one for free.
Well if you stump up £380 for the dishwasher
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SkippyDoo1 h, 52 m ago

Any recommendations on people who've had to use a water softener?


Very few people use them, compared with the number who ought to. They're expensive to buy, people don't understand them and get ripped off, and cost maybe £5-10 in salt pm to run.

The savings, though, will usually outweigh the costs if you factor in the damage being done to hot water cylinders and the like, lower soap/detergent costs etc..

The real benefit, though, is that soft water is so much nicer than hard water - except for drinking, and that's why you have the kitchen tap on the hard supply.

Recommendations? Tread very carefully, do your research, beware high pressure sales people, and look for alternative near-identical models to the big brands sold at much lower prices.
If you need a strip to tell you if your water is hard; you have soft water.
South East London here... absolutely insane amount of limescale, I don't need a strip to tell me this.

Literally coats everything with deposits after a single shower.
Edited by: "manbearpig" 11th Jan
B_B10th Jan

Yes, get one if you have hard water!Leave the kitchen tap on hard water as …Yes, get one if you have hard water!Leave the kitchen tap on hard water as it is marginally better for drinking and cooking (although of course your kettle will still fur up...) but the benefits of soft water for showers, washing machines, dishwashers and your pipework makes it well worth the cost. Once you have tried it you won't go back, I would (and have done) immediately install a water softener if I were to move to another house in a hard water area- always assuming there wasn't one there already!


Newbold10th Jan

Very few people use them, compared with the number who ought to. They're …Very few people use them, compared with the number who ought to. They're expensive to buy, people don't understand them and get ripped off, and cost maybe £5-10 in salt pm to run.The savings, though, will usually outweigh the costs if you factor in the damage being done to hot water cylinders and the like, lower soap/detergent costs etc.. The real benefit, though, is that soft water is so much nicer than hard water - except for drinking, and that's why you have the kitchen tap on the hard supply.Recommendations? Tread very carefully, do your research, beware high pressure sales people, and look for alternative near-identical models to the big brands sold at much lower prices.



Thank you both. Definitely, we've looked into this and seems like its the way forward. However, after research, got me even more confused so wondered if anyone had one installed and/or recommend one they have in use?

Thanks in advance!
SkippyDoo58 m ago

Thank you both. Definitely, we've looked into this and seems like its the …Thank you both. Definitely, we've looked into this and seems like its the way forward. However, after research, got me even more confused so wondered if anyone had one installed and/or recommend one they have in use?Thanks in advance!


It is the way forward, believe me. There's a long-running thread on MSE with a lot of advice - that might be a good place to start. There are several options, but you shouldn't need to spend more than £450-£500 for a decent one. Just watch out for the heavily advertised brands and the salesmen - or a lot of what you pay will go in commission.
SkippyDoo19 h, 6 m ago

Thank you both. Definitely, we've looked into this and seems like its the …Thank you both. Definitely, we've looked into this and seems like its the way forward. However, after research, got me even more confused so wondered if anyone had one installed and/or recommend one they have in use?Thanks in advance!


I agree with what newbold says. Buy a metered rather than a timer version and plumb it in with decent sized pipework (at least 22mm) so it won't affect the flow rate of your taps.
Oh, and tablet salt is cheaper than block and just as convenient in 10KG bags.
I have one of these from EML:eastmidlandswater.com/Det…459
Unless you have a particularly big house and lots of kids it would be big enough for almost everyone!
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