How to treat Hard Water Problems

Hard water can be major issue in certain parts of the UK. In particular, down the east coast and in the south. Many home owners have tried to stop or slow down the harmful effects of it, which may appear as permanent rings of soap scum in a bathroom sink and tub, or limescale deposits in kettles and dishes, as well as leaving these types of deposits on the inside of water pipes and radiators. While a lot of these house symptoms look like they could be down to poor housekeeping, there are in fact, some harmful effects of it and it can be purely down to where you’re located within the country. The south east of England is one such area of the country that is known for increased levels of hard water, you can view the map below to see if your area has high frequencies of hard water:

As you probably know, hard water can damage household appliances like water heaters, washing machines, coffee makers, etc… but most importantly of all it can damage plumbing pipes and according to some studies, it is not good for anyone’s general health. There is no definitive study as of yet, but it has been noted that there is a correlation between certain diseases/bacterial infections and hard water areas. So what can you do as a plumber to help someone with these issues, how can you make this water a lot safer to drink than it currently is and how can you get those pipes rid of deposits and build-up? Luckily, we have some tips here for you!

As many of your clients will tell you, limescale and hard water is a real headache to keep on top of, it also makes housekeeping a nightmare in general… nobody wants to let guests use their bathroom, only to find the sink has rings of un-cleanable build-up and the toilet doesn’t look to friendly either. The easiest way to protect home appliances and water pipes is to install a water softener system. These systems are designed to get to the permanent solution by targeting the specific minerals that cause these water issues; calcium and magnesium ions. Water softeners work by replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions, thus, eliminating scale formation. Salt/Sodium operating water softeners will prevent limescale build up and possibility of health problems, however salt-free water softeners will only prevent the limescale build up and not prevent any connected health issues, it’s important to know this in case your client wants this type of filtration in place to protect them.

The resulting soft water from using a salt-based water softener doesn’t scale, and helps avoid appliance breakdowns and energy inefficiencies. Your client’s bathroom will also be free of limescale build up around their sinks, taps, showers and toilets, their health will also not be as at risk to bacteria build up.

Come and speak with your local HPS branch and see what we can do for you and what products we can suggest to keep your clients in hard water areas happy! We are the South’s leading independent plumbing & heating supplies merchant and we’re happy to help you. Find your nearest branch: