Why drain clearing is essential in a ‘hard’ water area8 May 2015
If you live in an area with ‘hard’ water, the chances are you’ll already be aware of the signs. Whether you’ve noticed a white residue on the inside of your kettle, clothes that feel stiff or scratchy after washing or an unpleasant, sticky feeling on your skin after showering, hard water leaves visible evidence which can affect aspects of your daily life. However, what you are unable to see is the build-up of deposits inside your water pipes, drains and appliances which could, if left untreated, cause problems which will be costly to remedy in the future.
What is ‘hard’ water?
Rainwater, as it begins to fall through the air, is essentially pure. As it trickles through the ground, however, it picks up common minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chalk and lime. Water which contains high levels of these minerals is described as ‘hard’. Some regions of England are more badly affected than others due to the type of rock in the ground, but London and South Eastern counties are particularly known for producing very hard water.
Is ‘hard’ water a problem?
In terms of personal health, ‘hard’ water does not pose any risks and may be beneficial. The higher levels of calcium and magnesium in ‘hard’ water can contribute to providing the body with these essential minerals; scientific studies have also suggested that drinking ‘hard’ water may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in later life. Many people also prefer the taste of drinking water in ‘hard’ water areas.
‘Hard’ water, however, is a nuisance when carrying out everyday household cleaning and personal grooming as it can leave dishes and glasses covered in white spots, leaves a film on the surface of shower doors, sanitary ware and taps and makes hair sticky and lifeless. When washing clothes in an area with ‘hard’ water, it is also necessary to use more detergent and the lifespan of garments may be shorter due to the loss of bright colours and the rough feel that they tend to develop.
More significantly, ‘hard’ water can necessitate potentially costly repairs in the long term. Water pipes and drains can become clogged with mineral deposits within your home, reducing water flow; appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines may suffer mechanical problems as well as working less efficiently, thereby using more energy. ‘Hard’ water that has been heated, for example by your central heating boiler, accelerates the build-up of calcium and magnesium scale, meaning premature failure of the system is possible.
Preventing a build-up of scale in your drains
1st Call Drain Clearance can carry out annual drain maintenance to help to keep your home’s drains clear of the scale caused by ‘hard’ water, as well as other debris such as leaves, roots and fats.
By using a range of techniques, including high pressure water and rodding, our prompt and professional service for Central, North and West London will enable your drains to flow easily and without obstruction, thereby helping to overcome some of the problems caused by living in a ‘hard’ water area.
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