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How Hard Water Can Damage Drains and Appliances

Friday, February 28th, 2020

London Drainage Are Here to Help

Living and working in a hard water area can cause drainage issues, but that doesn’t mean that your drains are a lost cause.

London is a hard water area – and that can pose real problems for drains. Here at London Drainage, we’re we’ll equipped to help you out with any hard water related issues with services such as our drain surveys. First though, let’s find out a little more about why hard water is such a problem.

What is hard water?

If you run a business or live in London, you don’t need us to tell you that the water in the capital is hard. First of all though – what exactly is hard water? Well, as London and surrounding areas such as Kent have a chalk and limestone geology, the water has high levels of minerals such as magnesium and calcium. This can cause all kinds of problems from dry skin to dandruff – but what we’re more concerned about is how hard water can damage drains and appliances.

Soap scum

One of the main problems with hard water is that it doesn’t break down soap products properly. This is because of the high amount of calcium in the water. So instead of a lather, you end up with soap scum. Soap scum is left on our skin after we bathe – but it also ends up in our drains as well. If there is a large amount of soap scum building up in your drains, it’s a sign that hard water could be starting to cause problems.

Limescale

Soap scum isn’t the only problem

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