Whether you remember learning about the difference between soft and hard water in science lessons at school, or you have never heard of hard water, we have created a guide for all you need to know about hard water and the impact it has on drains. By knowing more about hard water, you will be able to maintain your drainage system better and prevent damage to your drains.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is a result of sedimentary rocks, including flint, sandstone, chalk and limestone and usually occurs in the South East, due to the region being predominantly made up of both chalk and limestone. In the UK, over 60% of us live in an area that has hard water, so avoiding it can be difficult. Defined as having a high mineral content, there are both positive and negative impacts of hard water.
How To Identify Hard Water?
It’s very unlikely that you have taken time to identify whether you are using hard or soft water, but do you know what you are looking for?
Identifying hard water can be easy in your household. If your dishes have marks and spots on them or your clothes are stiff and scratchy after washing, these are signs that you are using hard water. Another very clear sign is limescale. This is caused by calcium leaving a residue that is chalk-like when the water evaporates. Appliances, including central heating, drainage systems and kettles will clearly show if there is a build-up on limescale.
What Is The Impact Of Hard Water?
Hard water can have a negative effect on how your drains function, including your toilet, pipes, dishwasher and washing machine. It can provide limescale build-up and corrosion due to the excess minerals in the water. Additionally, when soap-based products are mixed with hard water, it can cause damage, as the mixture produces soap scum, instead of a lather.
What’s more, limescale can result in blockages and damages, which is not ideal, as this can cost a fortune.
How To Prevent Damage From Hard Water?
If you can, avoid using hard water where possible in order to prevent the build-up of limescale. You can purchase water filtering devices that will reduce the amount of minerals in your water source. If you are unable to do this, you can remove limescale from drains and appliances when you notice it. You may also want to take the cleaning products and soaps that you use into consideration and avoid using them if they are mixing with the hard water to create the soap scum. There are some washing powders that you can purchase that will prevent the negative effects of soap and hard water combining.
Additionally, if your drains have corrosion and scale build-up, you seek professional help as soon as you can. At Flow Drains, we are able to solve your drainage problem with ease, due to our many years of experience and knowledge within the industry. Get in touch with a member of our expert and helpful team and we will implement the best service to solve your drain problem, today.