Guest Blog: Avoiding Cryptosporidium – The Dangerous Water Parasite That’s Immune To Chlorine

There is a microscopic parasite that lurks in our lakes, reservoirs, streams, public swimming pools, and even occasionally our home water systems. Cryptosporidium – sometimes referred to as just ‘Crypto’ – lives inside of animals, but it often passes into water through cross-contamination with animal faeces.

The most disturbing thing about this parasite is that it has evolved over the years a protective shell that makes it immune to chlorine and other cleaning agents. That is what makes Crypto so dangerous. Once it gets into a water supply, it can spread quickly throughout the population. A big outbreak occurred in 2016, when over 223 people in Devon and Dorset were left bedbound from a Crypto contamination that could be traced back to a single swimming pool.

The symptoms of a Cryptosporidium infection can be aggressive — and can include a high fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. Thankfully in most cases, they are relatively short-lived. But in people with repressed immune systems, the immunocompromised, a Crypto infection can sometimes be fatal.

How to avoid Cryptosporidium

Given how common the Crypto bug is throughout nature, and indeed the UK, the parasite’s reputation is probably underrated. Mention ‘Cryptosporidium’ to the average person, and the chances are they will be unfamiliar with the term. This collective ignorance is probably one of the reasons why Crypto-related illnesses are increasing.

So, what can we actually do to avoid catching the Crypto bug?

The primary source of infection seems to come from public swimming pools, or from animal cross-contamination. In the summer, contaminated lakes, streams and rivers, (from animal droppings) are ingested by swimmers, who then carry the bug into their stomachs. Almost all cases come from ingesting infected water.

And unfortunately, in almost all cases this water has at some point been contaminated with urine or faeces carrying the parasite. This is true even in the case of public swimming pools. So if you are reading this, and still want to carry on swimming, remember to keep your head above the water — and definitely try not to swallow any!

Another common mode of transmission is through contact with pets. Pets carry all sorts of pathogens — and not just Crypto — so you should get into the habit of washing the hands every time after touching them (without touching your face in the process).

Cryptosporidium in the home

So far, all of the examples we have discussed have been outside of the home — but what about the water supply at home?

Insidiously, Crypto can get into our own water supply when regular drinking water is contaminated with sewage overflows, or when the sewage systems are not working properly. Spill overs like this are more common that one would care to admit. Bad storms, or excessive agricultural run-off, can all place the bug squarely in our homes.

The most effective way to deal with Crypto in the home, then, is to be vigilant. Again, this means avoiding eye and mouth contact with shower and bath water. Of course, this doesn’t sound terribly convenient — but it is far from impossible, and is more of just a habit to get into.

Now, you might be thinking there is a bigger issue. That of drinking water. Actually, there is a convenient problem to this. You can still drink water from the tap without having to worry about Cryptosporidium, as long as you have a water filter. Sometimes these filters can be as simple as a jug that you can buy cheaply from a supermarket. The filters, along with cartridges and purifications tablets, all kill or stop the parasite, along with other pollutants, from making it into the glass of water.

If you suspect a contamination in the house, the best thing to do is to contact your water supplier.

As discussed above, Crypto can hitch a ride into our homes through pets. To prevent your pet from being infected, be mindful of what it drinks. For example, when taking the dog on a walk, do not let it drink from any standing water. In fact, don’t let it drink anything that you wouldn’t.

What to do if you have Cryptosporidiosis

‘Cryptosporidiosis’ is what we call the illness that is inflicted by Cryptosporidium. Once inside the body, the bug can cause a general feeling of unwellness that can last anywhere from two weeks to over a month. It takes the body a long time to remove the parasite, but fortunately in the majority of cases, the body will fight it off without any outside intervention needed. Even once recovered, it is important to wait at least 48-hours before returning to work, to prevent further transmission.

But in some cases, you may need to consult your GP or chemist for some anti-parasitic medication. At the very least, if you have significant abdominal cramps, a chemist can offer painkillers for the abdominal cramps.

Unfortunately, though, the only way to beat cryptosporidiosis is to let nature take its course. In time, the body will develop a resistance to the infection and beat it out. This includes drinking plenty of liquids to replace those lost through diarrhoea and vomiting, and to keep the body mineralised, through supplements if need be.

Scientists believe that up to 25 per cent of the entire UK population is susceptible to a Crypto infection at any one time, with infections increasingly common in summertime. With the uncertainty around Covid-19 and the NHS already high, we can only afford to be more vigilant and guard against Cryptosporidium.

Find out more about Crypto in the infographic below:

Cryptosporidium Infographic

This article was written by Neil Wright of Pure Freedom, a company that manufactures window cleaning systems for professional cleaners.

Tree Root Ingress is probably the biggest cause of blocked drains, pipes and sewer systems in the UK and unfortunately, a root damaged drainage system can often lead to more than an overflowing manhole or grid. Tree roots in drains can compromise your drainage system and cause expensive problems which may only be fixed by pitch fibre repairs, drain relining or drain excavation.

For this reason, most surveyors would recommend undertaking a pre-purchase CCTV drain survey, where a drain specialist will inspect your drainage system and highlight any red flags, for instance, drain pipes that are in close proximity to any trees, shrubs or hedges.

Updated: December 2020


How Do Tree Roots Get Into Your Drains?

The tree roots gain access to the drain system via the pipe joints, fractures, cracks and through inspection chamber walls and benching. The majority of the drainage systems within the UK are constructed from the collar and spigot vitrified clay pipes jointed using sand & cement, these joints offer little resistance to fine tree roots which once inside develop into tap roots and root masses which then reduce the internal bore of the pipe. More modern systems installed using rubber-sealed couplings are still prone to root ingress.  These systems are often not protected by a root barrier or surrounded in concrete, though as modern systems are supposed to be flexible surrounding the joint in concrete is generally frowned upon.


How To Repair Root Damaged Drains?

At Maintain Drains, we have a variety of techniques that we can try out to remove tree roots from drains. If the tree roots have accessed the system via its joints, and there has been no major displacement to those joints, the system can be root cut and in many cases relined. If there has been major displacement to the joints or severe fracturing then excavation may be the only answer. On most domestic systems given the number of bends and junctions you get over fairly short distances, it is often a mixture of the two repair methods are required.

If you have a system that has severe ingress and major displacement of joints, but you can not excavate it, a pipe bursting method can be used, assuming there are no lateral connections or sharp changes in direction and you can winch a line through the system. Read more about our Root Removal services, including detailed descriptions of all the root removal techniques we use.

Tree Root Ingress and Root Damaged Drains


Why Do Tree Roots Enter Your Drains?

Condensation naturally occurs on the outer wall of the drainpipe, or moisture from leaking drain joints attract tree roots looking for a good nutritious feed, though I still prefer to tell customers that the tree roots find the drains because they can hear the running water inside.

Disturbed ground such as trenches excavated for drains, services and house foundations make easy travelling for a root system compared to the adjacent virgin ground, the same applies for granular and porous sub-bases for driveways and patios.

When we excavate a tree root damaged system even at two or three metres deep you can clearly see where the roots have followed the line of the original trench wall down to the drainage system. You will then often find one large taproot running the length of the drain with smaller roots branching off at each collar.


Are You Insured For Tree Root Damage To Drains?

You should be insured for tree root damage, most major insurance providers will cover this, although, some policies may not include this cover. Tree Root Ingress to drains has always been an insurable risk, however, following the downturn in the economy some insurance companies have been found to try and knock a few tree root related drainage claims back.


Do you Have a Problem with Tree Roots in Drains?

Contact Maintain Drains to discuss your root ingress problems with one of our friendly experts. Maintain Drains covers the Poole and Bournemouth area, but we can also travel to the wider Dorset or Hampshire area to provide our professional drain services. Best of all, we operate 24/7 so we can also help you deal with any emergency drain services. Our team can give you the best solution at the best price. Give us a call on 01202 300040.

The UK Is Wasting Billions Of Litres Of Clean Drinking Water Every Day – Here’s What You Can Do To Stop It

Every single day more than three billion (that’s three thousand million) litres of perfectly good drinking water is wasted in the UK. That’s enough water to make 15 billion cups of tea, or to hydrate the entire population of Africa. 

And although we are all probably guilty of using too much water in the home, the reality is that most of this water wastage happens before it even makes it into the house. That’s because Britain’s network of water pipes is riddled with leaks. With many of the leaks happening far away from home, it is much cheaper to leave the water gushing out than to try and repair them. 


Water wastage is a long term problem and very little is being done to fix it.

Preventing wastage of water is not something that seems to be high on the list of priorities for the UK’s major water companies. Despite talking about wanting to plug the leaks for years, very little has changed. In fact in many instances the leaks have gotten worse, as this graph reveals:

Critics of the water companies say there is little enthusiasm to plug the leaks because the industry is not regulated properly, and that a lack of competition makes it easier for them not to take any real action. 

But the water companies themselves — particularly NI Water — have blamed some water wastage causes on bad winter weather in recent months that has set them back in meeting their targets. 

Here are some shocking water wastage facts: The most wasteful companies throw away more water than they provide to their customers.

This bar chart shows the worst offending water companies when it comes to water wastage. NI Water loses nearly twice as much in leakages than it actually provides to its customers in Northern Ireland. 


Even Yorkshire Water loses about the same amount of water as it provides. For every drop of water that a Yorkshire customer uses to do the dishes or take a shower, another is lost needlessly through leaky pipes.

The consequences of water wastage to this degree means that the customer often has to pick up the slack for the water companies’ recalcitrance. If there is a dry summer and a hose pipe ban comes into effect, normal taxpayers can be fined. But there needn’t be a ban in the first place if so much water wasn’t lost in leakages already.

Here is how to reduce water wastage in Britain — even if you’re not the one wasting it.

There are two things we can all immediately do to stop the billions of litres of water being wasted in Britain every day. 

One is to put pressure on the water companies to take action. Make it clear as a customer that you aren’t happy with the amounts being wasted. Write a letter to them, citing humanitarian and moral reasons for why they should be working harder to prevent water wastage. In addition to this, write to your local MP.

The second option is something we have complete control over, and it involves a little bit of awareness. This involves spreading the word. Before reading this article, had you any idea billions of litres were being wasted every day? Get others involved too. Together we can make the issue untenable for the water companies. 

But this awareness should extend into the home. Yes, it’s true that most water is wasted before it reaches our taps, but that’s not to say we shouldn’t also be conscious about the levels we are already using. Take a look at this map. What do you see?

The map to the left shows the areas where water is under stress in Britain (highlighted in orange). The map on the right shows the service areas of the SES Water and Southern Water companies. Both of these water companies operate in an area with some of the highest water stress levels in the UK. Yet according to our water consumption statistics SES Water consumers are the most wasteful, and Southern Water consumers are the least wasteful — and they are right next to each other!

If SES Water consumers realised how much water they were using, and that they lived in an area that’s already feeling the strain of excess water wastage, they would probably try to cut down on their consumption. They might even look to their neighbours at Southern Water for advice on how to limit their intake.

Knowing about the problem is half the battle. The other half is making the effort to do something about it.


How does water wastage affect the environment?

There is a tendency to think that because water falls from the sky, and because most of the Earth’s surface is water, that we will never run out.

But most of the water on Earth is saltwater (more than 90%). Of the remaining 10%, most of it is locked away in glaciers, or on mountain tops. Only a tiny amount of water on Earth is drinkable and accessible. 

Water is replenishable, but if we take too much of it away before it is replenished we will run into trouble. The South-east of England, where the SES Water customers are, is one of the few places in the world where Chalk Streams exist. These unique streams are home to living organisms found nowhere else on the planet, and they are at risk of being permanently damaged — and all because it is considered too expensive or inconvenient to address a leakage in a pipe. 

It is time we put an end to the culture of mass-water wastage in Britain, before it is too late. 


Neil Wright is a writer and researcher. This is original research data, obtained from Freedom of Information requests submitted to the British government and the water companies that serve the UK. 

Even though the 2020 septic tank regulation came out in 2015, many are still not compliant. The main change in this regulation is to stop wastewater flowing straight into the streams, rivers and any other local watercourse. This will, in turn, reduce the amount of pollution from sewage in local watercourses.

Does this include you?

This regulation has taken place for a few years so all new septic tanks are already compliant to this regulation. But it now requires that everyone with a septic tank also abides by this regulation. You will be able to find out if you need to make amends to your septic tank system by contacting the company that normally maintains your septic tank.

What to do next

All of the above measures all require planning permission so it is best to start working as soon as possible. The government requires everyone to follow the 2020 septic tank regulation by the 1st January 2020.

If you do need to make changes to your septic tank to become compliant to the 2020 septic tank regulation, there are three main ways you can do it.

Septic Drain Field

You can install a septic drain field. It is an disposal area that removes the impurities from the liquid in the septic tank. It removes any of the waste by dispersing it into the ground without causing any pollution.

Mains Sewers

If you have a mains sewers 30m within your area, you cannot install a septic drain field and you will have to connect to the mains sewers instead. This may not always be possible as the sewer could already be in full capacity. In this case, you would have to apply for a permit.

Sewage Treatment Plant

There is always the option to replace your septic tank with a sewage treatment plant. As they produce much cleaner water, you can still have your pipes running straight to a watercourse. This would just mean replacing the tank and depending on the set up of your septic tank, could be a lot easier.

Replacing or maintaining your septic tank

If you are compliant with the 2020 septic tank regulation, then Maintain Drains can maintain your tank to ensure it stays in top condition. Our services also include regular cleaning and repairing your tank when necessary.

If you need to replace your tank to stay compliant, Maintain Drains can help. We provide a range of services and our expert team are always happy to help. Contact us to find out what we can do for you.

Sometimes, it’s hard to work out if your drains are blocked. Drainage issues are a common problem with pipes and there are a number of reasons why this happens. Finding the common indications to a blocked drain can help to find out what to do next.


1. Unusual noise coming from the drains

There are many signs to warn you if your drains are blocked, noises coming from your drain are a big giveaway. If you can hear gurgling noises coming from your drain, it could mean there is air trapped in the pipes. When the water runs through the drains, it will try to flow around the blockage. This pushed the water and the air, causing a gurgling noise.

The trapped air could be because of the build-up of rubbish in the drains. This can be grease, soap, oil and food. Because of the build-up, it can then affect how quickly your water can drain.


2. Water draining slowly

If there is any blockage in your pipes, your water will drain slower than usual. You can test this by how slowly the water drains from your bath, sink, shower or toilet. If you think it is slower than usual, it could be one of the first signs that your drains are blocked.

This happens because the blockage is stopping the water flowing through the pipes as normal. Depending on what is blocked in the pipes, the water has to filter through the blockage. This can take significantly longer, affect how quickly your pipes can drain.


3. Bad smell coming from the drains

Another sign of a blocked drain can be a bad odour coming from your bath, sink, shower or toilet. This smell may even appear even worse when the taps are turned on.

This commonly happens because food debris has gathered and are now stuck in the pipes. As the food decomposes, it can create an unpleasant smell.


Are your drains blocked or is it the sewers?

You will probably be able to tell by now if your drains are blocked. In more dramatic cases, water will not be able to flow down the drain and even overflow in your sink, bath or toilet. There will probably also be a bad odour around your drains and inspection chambers.

One of the best ways to tell where the problem lies is to see if your neighbours also having issues with their pipes. If not, it is likely that your drain is blocked. If others are having a problem then it is more likely to be the sewers.


What to do next

Finding and clearing the drains blockage can be easily resolved with Maintain Drains. Blocked drains can commonly be flushed through with drain jetting. This is a simple process of firing high-pressure water down your drains and pipes to clear the blockages. We can provide a quick and sensibly priced service aimed at resolving your blocked drains problems.

Most of the drainage issues we deal with at Maintain Drains are minor problems which can be fixed with limited disruption. You can attempt to sort certain drainage problems yourself using our handy drainage blog. However, there are cases where drain excavation is the only solution. Drain excavation involves digging underground in order to reach the problem drain. Excavation is reserved for serious drain issues, as it can be disruptive to the surroundings. However, excavation can be the only way of repairing a drain.

When Is Drain Excavation Needed

Drain Excavation is used only as a last resort to solve your problems. Only major drain issues will require an excavation to repair the issue. Our goal is to repair your drain quickly, effectively, and aim for the minimum amount of disruption. The Maintain Drains team will find the best solution to your problems at a cost effective price. We will only suggest an excavation if the problem is serious.

Excavation is necessary in a few circumstance. If a drain is collapsed and cannot be relined, excavation may be the only way to sort this. It will give our engineers a clear path to the source of the problem and it can be fixed quickly. Root Ingress in drains is also an issue which can lead to excavation. The roots are attracted to the moisture of the drains and can crack or dislodge the pipes, leading to an excavation being required. This is why it is advised to sort the issue before the crack pipes. Maintain Drains offer a quick, effective and cost-efficient root removal service. Earth subsidence is an unfortunate scenario which cause your pipes to disconnect which is difficult to sort without digging underground

Do You Need a Drain Excavation?

A serious drainage problem needs to be sorted as soon as possible to avoid any further costly damage. Our highly qualified and professional team are available 24 hours a day to get your drains running. To discuss your issue and find out more about wether you need a drain excavation, contact us and we can provide a free, competitive quote. Call: 01202 300040

You can find out more about the process on our excavation service page

We hand out plenty of tips on how to keep your drains healthy inside the home. We have offered tips on unblocking sinks, unblocking toilets and much more. However, we have not discussed how to unblock an outside drain. It’s easy to overlook your outside drains and you don’t usually notice them. However, it is vital that they are kept in the same great condition as your internal drains. Here are our top tips on how to unblock an outside drain.

Finding The Source of a Problem – Why is my drain blocked?

You might find that your drainage is slowing, there is an unpleasant smell, or you have spotted other signs your drains may be blocked. These are all caused by blockages to your outside drains. The first thing you should do when you find your outside drains blocked is to assess the problem and see what is causing it. You should lift the drain cover to give you the best idea of what the problem is. You might find that you need a screwdriver to do this. There will be a few of these covers around your home where the blockages could be.

When looking in the drain, there should be flowing water and no visible signs of blockage. A blockage can be identified if the water in the drain is blocked and not flowing. Outside drains are often blocked up with leaves and other types of debris and dirt.

How To Unblock An Outside Drain Yourself

There are a couple of methods you can use to unblock outside drains yourself. Here are our suggestions:

Drain Rodding

Drain Rods are used by many plumbing professionals to unblock drains. You can buy drain rods online or in any good hardware shop. Here is a cheap set of drain rods. They are used to disrupt and dislodge debris that is causing the blockage. Twist the drain rods around in a clockwise motion to break up the blockage. It may be a particular bad blockage so persevere and your drain should be back to normal. It’s not a glamorous job, but someone has to do it. Safety is the primary concern here, so make sure you are wearing protective clothing. This method should disrupt the blockage. If not, Maintain Drains offer an expert drain rodding service.

Caustic Soda

Another method you can use to unblock an outside drain is using sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). Drop some of it in your drain along with some water. This will cause the debris causing the blockage to rise to the surface where you can fish it out. Note that there can be dangers when using chemical drain cleaners. Have a look at our blog here

How To Prevent Blockages To Your Outside Drains

Maintaining your outside drains is an important process to ensure that your whole drainage system is working properly. Firstly, do not throw grease down your drains as this cause blockages and fatbergs. You can cover the opening of your drain with a screen to make sure debris does not enter the drains. Cleaning your drains regularly with bleach will help your drains continuously run smoothly.

Too Hard? Let Us Do It Instead!

If you are finding drain unblocking difficult or the blockage needs professional attention, it is best to call the experts. Call us now to discuss outside drain unblocking and speak to one of our friendly experts. We have plenty of drainage services which can sort your problem such as drain jetting, drain rodding and drain unblocking.

Pitch fibre pipes are an inferior and poor-standard form of drainage. It is a lighter and cheaper pipe, often found in schools, hospitals, and housing estates built in the 50’s through to the 70’s. Pitch Fibre pipes were thought to be a modern drainage system, however, any drainage expert would say that it is one of the worst types of drainage. It is recommended you check to see if you are using this type of pipe and get them replaced or repaired before it costs you a fortune in expensive repairs. Here are some of the problems caused by pitch fibre pipes and how these issues can be sorted.

What are Pitch Fibre Pipes?

Pitch fibre pipes are pipes made from wood cellulose and coal tar. If your drainage system pipes were fitted from 1950-1970 you may be experiencing pitch fibre pipe issues such as blockages, overflows and leaks. They are lightweight and were often inexpensive compared to other pipes around at the time, which is why they are still present in many domestic and commercial drainage systems today. It is expected that up to 50,000 properties experience problems related to pitch fibre pipes every year.

Have I got problems with my pitch fibre pipes?

One of the simplest ways to inspect problems in drainage systems is with a CCTV drain survey. This is a simple, cost-effective method to identify issues you may be experiencing such as collapsed pipes or root ingress. We also offer pre-purchase to thoroughly check the condition of the drains in your potential new home, so you can know about any potential pitch fibre pipe issues in advance. If you know you have issues with pitch fibre pipes it is important to contact a specialist straight away, as issues can quickly develop. Get in touch today for a free quote.

Pitch Fibre Pipes can Collapse at any Time

One of the problems caused by pitch fibre pipes is their lifespan. Pitch fibre pipes are thought to have a lifespan of 40 years. After that, they are a ticking time bomb, waiting to cause expensive repairs. Due to their cheap and lightweight design, they can easily collapse and become misshapen. The internal wall of a Pitch fibre pipe becomes deformed when they are continuously exposed to water. This is definitely a major problem when a pitch fibre pipe is responsible for moving waste and water! This problem is made even worse when oils, fats, chemicals and high-temperature fluid is passed through the pipe.

Root Ingress in Pitch Fibre Pipes

Pitch fibre pipes also have an issue with root ingress. This is where roots enter the pipes, causing damage and often collapsing the pipes. Other forms of better piping are less likely to have an issue with root ingress. At Maintain Drains, we provide a quality root removal service, aimed at clearing your pipes quickly and cost-effectively.

How We Solve the Problems Caused by Pitch Fibre Pipes

There are a few options you can take if you are using Pitch Fibre Pipes. If you are using this type of drainage and it is working ok, we offer a ‘no-dig’ solution to increase the lifespan of your pipes. Repairing the pipes is cheaper and less damaging to your property, compared to excavating and replacing the drains completely. It is also more eco-friendly, as the pipes would have to be taken to a specialist landfill site due to their asbestos content. However, sometimes it is necessary to excavate and replace your drainage system to a more superior one. Speak to one of our friendly expert engineers about what is the best way to solve your pitch fibre problems. Call: 01202 300040

Changing a lightbulb or a fuse is an easy task. It is tempting to fix drainage issues on your own. However, this is often not the best option. Certain things, like a slow-draining sink, can be fixed easily without the need to call a professional expert. However, more serious drainage problems should be left to the professionals. A quick self-repair might sort the problem in the short term, but this can lead to expensive larger issues in the future.  At Maintain Drains, we have years of experience dealing with drainage issues. Here are a few Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber

Preventing Further Damage to Your Drains

One of the benefits of hiring a professional plumber is that they can sort your problems properly. If you decide that you want to sort the problem yourself, you might find further damage in the future. You should be especially careful if you are repairing broken pipes. If one of these pipes bursts, it can ruin your home and cause expensive repairs and water damage. This is why it is best to seek professional help. We will ensure any repairs are fixed properly and effectively, avoiding any further damage.

Safety of You & Your Family

Another benefit of hiring a professional plumber is safety. Drainage systems are complex and can be dangerous if they are not maintained properly. There are many examples of when drainage systems can dangerous. Leaking pipes can lead to damp and rot throughout your property. This affects the well-being of your family. Poor septic tank maintenance can also be damaging to your family. An overfilling tank can contaminate the area around the tank and lead to unclean water flowing back into the plumbing in your home. All of these issues are damaging to health and are also dangerous to fix yourself. We offer quality septic tank maintenance services, as well as pipe repairs.

The Best Drainage Equipment

Here at Maintain Drains, our experts used the latest drainage technology to combat your issues. We think it is important to get to the root of the problem quickly and effectively and using high spec equipment is the best way of doing this. We use equipment such as CCTV cameras, vacuum tankers and much more. These are much more effective compared to any DIY equipment that you might have in the home. Whatever your issues, we have the equipment to handle it.

Detecting an Issue Before it Becomes a Major Problem

Don’t wait until your drains become a major issue. We offer a planned maintenance service to ensure that any signs of problems are sorted before they cause you severe damage and costly repairs. Our planned maintenance is flexible and can be scheduled as often as you need. Our quality team of professionals can spot existing and developing issues that an untrained eye would not spot. They can also advise you on the best repair solutions, if that’s what you require.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber from Maintain Drains

You’ll know exactly what you’re getting with a plumber from Maintain Drains. We serve throughout the day and night, with no call out fees and fixed prices. We do not have any hidden charges or try to sell you any services that you don’t need. If you are unsure on what drainage service you need, you can browse our list of services or call us to discuss your issue.

It is suggested that 60% of homes in the UK are using hard water. Hard water is water packed full of minerals. These minerals are collected in the water as it travels through the ground from rainfall. Hard water is then used for the public water system. Hard water can lead to major costly repairs in your home. Here we will discuss the effect of hard water on drains, and how to resolve issues caused by hard water.

How to Tell You Are Using Hard Water

It is easy to spot if you are using hard water in your home. Usually household tasks can indicate this. Look at your dishes for example. Hard water can cause spots and marks on your dishes. You can also look at your clothes to see if you are using hard water, as they will become stiff and scratchy.

Limescale is also an effect of hard water. Limescale is caused by calcium leaving a chalk-like residue when water evaporates. Check appliances such as kettles, boilers, central heating and drainage systems for limescale build ups.

What is the Effect of Hard Water on Drains

There are many ways in which hard water effects your drains. It can have a negative effect on the function of your drains, pipes, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers. The excess minerals in and water can cause corrosion and limescale build ups.

Soap based products also lead to damage when mixed with hard water. Instead of creating a lather, hard water and soap based products will create a soap scum. Excess scum in your drains can be a clear indicator that had water is negatively affecting your drains and appliances.

Limescale has a damaging effect on your appliances. Limescale can lead to blockages and damages to a number of appliances such as pipes, drains central heating systems, kettle and boilers.

What Can You do to Prevent Damage?

If possible, avoid using hard water in all of your appliances to prevent limescale. There are water filtering devices available to reduce the amount of minerals in your water. If you cannot do this, try regularly removing the limescale you spot from your drains and appliances. Also, consider what cleaning products, soaps and detergents you use. You can buy washing powder and detergents that prevent the usually effects of soap and hard water. Using soda crystals with your washing powder and detergent can help reduce residue.

Professional Help to Reduce Effect of Hard Water on Drains

If you are suffering with corrosion and scale build ups in your drains, you should get professional help as soon as possible. At Maintain Drains, we deal with drainage issues and have year of experience in drainage solutions. We recommend a CCTV survey to check the conditions of your drains. We will then use the latest technology and methods to clear and mend your drains. Call or Contact us with your problem and we will provide a free, no obligation quote. Call: 01202 300040