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What Is Hard Water And How Does It Affect Drains?

In the United Kingdom over 60% of us live in hard water areas. However, what is hard water and how does it affect our drainage systems?

If your drains are damaged or blocked, get in touch with Drain Gain, we are team of experts, highly skilled in unblocking blocked drains in Oxford.

What Is Hard Water?

Water is considered hard if there is a high mineral content, which causes the water to become slightly alkaline. This alkaline level is usually around 8.5, which has a slightly higher level of alkalinity than baking soda, however it is considerably less than milk of magnesia.

On the other hand, soft water is water which is slightly acidic. This is caused by low concentrations of calcium and magnesium ions in the water. Soft water is 6.5, which is slightly acidic, a similar PH to milk.

Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

Hard water is rich in minerals, with a particularly high concentration of magnesium which is very important for a healthy heart. Magnesium can help control important bodily functions including both blood pressure and stable heart rhythms. This means that drinking hard water could be beneficial for your heart. This is great news if you live in a hard water area, (for example the south and east of England) as hard water is available from your tap.

Does Hard Water Have Any Negative Side Effects On Drains?

Whilst hard water does have some health benefits it can also be harmful to your skin. Additionally, it has serious negative impacts on drains and other appliances. Your shower will become less powerful as a result of hard water as the mineral deposits will clog the slower head. Also, scale deposits will damage appliances an example of which is kettles; causing them to become less efficient

Many household cleaners designed to combat scale and other issues caused by hard water contain acid. This means that whilst the acid will remove scale and hard water stains, it will also damage materials like glass and chrome.

However, whilst hard water can damage your appliances and reduce their efficiency, the damage caused to your drains is much more severe. These mineral deposits can result in clogged pipes. Solidified scale (also known as lime scale) can build up causing clogs in pipes from or to your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, and more. This can cause havoc on your plumbing system, causing a whole manner of issues ranging from low water pressure to complete blockages. 

It’s also important to note that whilst copper, PVC, and PEX piping is more resistant to hard water and the damages caused by scale build up, they can still be clogged and completely blocked by this build up. This means that copper, PVC, and PEX piping is not immune to the effects of hard water.

Don’t Try And Unblock The Drain Yourself, Call A Specialist

There are numerous products that are available on the market that are designed to clear blocked drains. However, without investigation, you cannot be sure what exactly is causing a blocked drain. Additionally, it’s important to remember that acidic cleaning products can cause serious damage to your drains.

It’s likely that not a single issue is causing a drain blockage. It could be a combination with a variety of different issues causing the block. So instead of spending lots of time and effort trying to unblock the drain yourself, risking wasting your time or even damaging the drain itself; instead call a professional from the team of drain specialists at Drain Gain.

Blocked Drains In Oxford? Call The Drain Gain Team

If you’re concerned about the damage that hard water could be causing to your drains or if you would like a drain survey service to identify the cause of your blocked drains in Oxford, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Drain Gain team. Our talented team of specialists will be able to discover the cause of the blockage and recommend the most appropriate service.

In addition to being an ideal solution for businesses or individuals who are afflicted with blocked or damaged drains. Our drain surveys are also be very useful for people who are interested in purchasing a new property as the survey can identify any underlying problems with the drain.

If you have any questions regarding the services that are available from Drain Gain, or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of professionals.

If you would like to contact us and make an enquiry, you can speak to a member of our team by calling our team on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

Blocked Drains – Trust A Professional

If your property is afflicted with a blocked drain, it’s very important that you get in touch with a skilled professional to unblock it correctly. After all, you wouldn’t want to risk damaging the drain further.

For a swift and reliable service for blocked drains in Woodley and the surrounding areas, talk to the trustworthy team of drain experts – Drain Gain.

How Do Drains Get Blocked?

Numerous different objects can cause a blocked drain. With regards to a kitchen sink, grease and fat are very common causes of a block. If you need to dispose of grease or fat from instruments used in cooking, you must use a container and dispose of it through an appropriate manner. (for more information regarding ways to dispose of grease and fat, please contact your local council)

With regards to toilet drains, it is very important that you never flush anything other than thin toilet paper. This includes wet wipes, food, dental floss, chewing gum, and feminine hygiene products. Items such as these may seem insignificant at first, however with products such as dental floss, it’s important to note that it doesn’t biodegrade, so it lingers and can tangle with other inappropriate items that are flushed such as feminine hygiene products, which are designed to be highly absorbent, making them unsafe to pass through pipes.

The Importance Of Unblocking A Drain Quickly – Do You Have A Smelly Drain?

If a drain is blocked and it starts to smell, it is very important that you get it seen to by a professional as soon as possible. The “smelly” gas leaking out of blocked drainage pipes sometimes referred to as sewer gas is hydrogen sulphide. This gas is highly toxic and highly flammable. It can cause nausea, headaches, tremors, convulsions, unconsciousness, and death.

This gas is very pungent in small amounts; however it can quickly deaden an individual’s sense of smell, making it a very dangerous gas. As such, if you suspect any issues with your drainage, contact a skilled professional as soon as possible.

Issues Cause By Blocked Drains

In order to avoid blocked drains, it is very important that only appropriate items should be flushed or poured down drains. Failure to do so can result in damaged drains.

Damaged drains can cause wastewater regurgitation, causing the water inside the drain to flow back from whence it came, this could cause significant damage to your property and the land surrounding it.

Another serious issue in our nation’s drains are fatbergs. A fatberg is a collection of fat, oil, grease, and a selection of other items which should not be flushed down drains, such as wet wipes or sanitary products. Did you know that in September 2017 a fatberg was discovered in the Whitechapel sewer in London which is now partially on display in the Museum of London?

If you would like to read more, you can learn additional information about fatbergs by visiting the Drain Gain Blog. For info specific to the dangers of fatbergs, we recommend reading “The Influence of ‘Fatbergs’ On Our Drains”.

What Are The Risks Of Unblocking A Drain Yourself?

After learning of the dangers of a blocked drain, you might be tempted to unblock it yourself, however we highly suggest that you seek the assistance of a professional. Whilst there are numerous products available on the market and the high street for unblocking drains at home, it’s important that a drain is unblocked correctly. By the time you notice an issue with your drain, either due to liquid taking a long time to drain, a full blockage, or a strong smell; it is likely that there are numerous issues with your drainage, not a single issue.

So whilst a product might be great at helping to combat a specific problem, without the relevant experience and expertise, you will be unable to diagnose the several issues currently afflicting your property’s drainage, as such in a few days, weeks, or even months later; the issues could return, potentially worse than before.

Additionally, with the severity surrounding potential issues caused by hydrogen sulphide gas, if your drains are damaged or blocked, it is extremely important that you get in touch with a drain clearing professional.

Professional Blocked Drain Services In Woodley From Drain Gain

If you have issues regarding blocked drains, get in touch with the drain blockage experts at Drain Gain. Our team of experts can provide a drain survey service to investigate your drainage system, identifying any potentially issues and recommending the appropriate service to combat the issue.

Our drain surveys are ideal for individuals or businesses who are frequently afflicted with blocked drains; additionally they can also be very useful for people who are interested in purchasing a new property as the survey can identify any underlying problems with the drain.

Contact The Friendly Team Of Drainage Experts At Drain Gain Today!

If you have any questions regarding the services that are available from Drain Gain, or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of professionals.

If you would like to contact us and make an enquiry, you can speak to a member of our team by calling our team on 01491 598400. Alternatively, you could contact Drain Gain using the enquiry form on our page titled, “Get In Touch”.

Floods and Blocked Drains

Floods caused by blocked drains, Heavy consistent  rains has been causing drains to flood. Over the last few years this has become a more common cause of flooding. Climate change may be the cause, or could it be we just do not look after our drains ? Probable both factors are important.

Wet wipes in Drains. The way we keep ourselves clean has changed over the last few years, wet wipes are a common cause of blockages. Although the packaging will tell you these are flush able and they are flush able, what it fails to mention is that most are not bio degradable, unlike good old toilet paper that breaks down and will move through your drains without any problems. Wet wipes will cause you issues if disposed of down your toilet, if the do not cause you issues then they will someone else. that someone else could be your neighbours of it they reach the Sewage treatment plant or pump station then as you cam imagine they arrive in there hundreds if not thousands every day, the problem is the that of your local water company.

Blocked pumps and equipment that are blocked with wet wipes cause major issues and can lead to local flooding of foul water, this in turn is not good for public health.

Ways to prevent blockages

Take just a minute to reflect on items you place down the drains, this includes wet wipes, sanitary products, food waste, fat and grease. If we disposed of these items in the correct manner, not only would we reduce the amount of drain blockages, we would also make our lives a little bit easier and the lives of the people that have to deal with problems caused by our actions. Dispose of items correctly and stop to think about what you are placing down your drain

Keeping drains clear and free flowing throughout Oxfordshire