If you’ve ever had to pay for the cost of drain repairs then you’ll know just how much of an impact limescale damage can have on a property. Depending on where you live, the level of limescale in your water can vary a great deal and while some areas of the country are relatively safe, for others it’s a constant battle.
Today we’ll be talking about the cause of limescale damage, and how being prepared can save you a lot of money on drain repairs in the long run.
If you’ve not come across the terms hard water and soft water before then here’s a quick lesson in geology. Hard water refers to water that is rich in minerals from the local area while soft water refers to the opposite.
Counter to what you might think there are no hazardous health effects to drinking hard water and there may even be some minor benefits. For the most part, hard water contains calcium and magnesium - both of which are actually quite good for you in small quantities - and while the difference is minor there’s certainly nothing to worry about from drinking hard water.
Unfortunately, while hard water might not be any danger to you, it’s an absolute nightmare for your plumbing. You see, all the calcium that’s helping improve the strength of your bones is also building up inside your pipes, causing serious damage in the long run. This is what we call limescale.
If you’re worried about the risks of limescale damage then the first question you should ask yourself is whether or not you live in an area with hard water. (This should be relatively easy to find out from Google).
If you do live in an area with hard water then you may want to invest in a water softener. While an artificial water softener could potentially worsen the quality of your drinking water, it will also significantly lower limescale damage in your pipes.
That being said, many people dislike the taste of softened water, so if you do install a water softener, it may be a good idea not to have it connected to your kitchen sink. That way you’ll still be able to get nice drinking water while your bath/shower water will be far less likely to cause drain damage.
Lastly, if you do run into problems with limescale damage to your drains then don’t worry. While drain damage can be expensive to repair, it isn’t always. And, a good drain repair service will be more than worth it.
For more information about high quality drainage services, contact Environ Drainage Services at 020 3875 8207.
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