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Does Hard Water have an Effect on our Drains?

If you live in a hard water area, you may be wondering if they are having an unfortunate effect on your drainage system.

Hard water has metal corrosion capabilities, so it can indeed have an effect on our drains, pipes, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, sinks and more. Hard water contains ions, which means that any soap-based product that comes into contact with it will quickly solidify and create scum. This is particularly harmful in places where soap is often used such as the shower, washing machine and bath, and can cause blockages and damage to the interior of pipes.

If you’ve ever had to clean away a soft sludge of dirt around your taps, sink plugs or shower screens, you should know that this is caused by hard water. Cutlery and dinnerware that are washed up in hard water will often appear spotted, and clothes that are washed in hard water can start to feel stiff. Luckily, there are washing powders that can work against the negative effects of hard water.

Limescale is another issue that is caused by hard water; the high calcium content in hard water means calcium carbonate is often left over after evaporation in places like kettles, drains and pipes and can cause blockages and internal damage. Avoiding using hard water in appliances can help to reduce limescale, but using a de-scaler regularly in washing machines, kettles and boilers will ensure it is kept to a minimum.

If you think hard water has caused damage within your drains and pipes that is beyond your control, Drain Checker can help. Our team of professionals can provide CCTV drain surveys to determine exactly what the issue is, what’s causing it and the best advice on how to eradicate it. If limescale or soap build-up is the problem in your drainage system, we will use the best tools and equipment to ensure all blockages are completely removed.

For more information, you can contact the Drain Checker team today by giving us a call on 0800 849 8099 or via our contact page.