Three red flag signs that your health problems could be caused by tap water

Britons are being warned of three tell-tale signs that could signal poor water quality at their homes. Bathroom experts at Steam Shower Store have identified the unsettling effects hard water could have on health. 

Homes which suffer from this problem are being advised to turn to water softeners and descalers to tackle the issue. If the problem is left unresolved, it can result in health problems like itchy skin.

Furthermore, hard water could also lead to higher energy bills. The annoying problem can cause limescale build-up in the pipes, making them work harder to pump hot water.

Andy Ellis, bathroom expert at Steam Shower Store, said: “Most start to notice signs of hard water after picking up on a slight mineral taste when drinking out of the tap.

“At first, it can seem harmless, but prolonged exposure to hard water can result in digestive issues and itchy scalps which can make the problem uncomfortable to live with.”

1. Itchy skin

While there could be many reasons behind this uncomfortable sensation, Ellis explained that getting itchy shortly after bathing could be due to hard water.

The expert said: “If your skin gets itchy shortly after bathing, it’s likely due to the water system pushing out high-mineral content. 

“The minerals strip the natural oils from the body making the skin dry and resulting in uncomfortable itching.”

2. Dry hair

Another area of your body that could alert you to hard water is your hair. The expert warned that hard water from the shower head can strip natural oils from your hair, leaving it dry.

“It can also cause an itchy scalp as hard water can leave residue,” Ellis said.

3. Stomach problems

While hard water is “safe to drink”, too much of it could still upset your stomach, according to the expert.

Ellis said: “Make sure to contact your water supplier if you notice your stomach hurting after consuming tap water.”

Apart from your health, hard water could also rock up energy bills in your home, ruin your clothing, and contribute to mould build-up in your shower.

Therefore, the expert recommended installing water softeners and calling plumbers in to remove limescale from the pipes to prevent the issue from “getting worse”.

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