Looking after water in your home

It's our job to get the water from its natural source and safely into your home but there are things you can do to ensure that the water you drink, cook with and wash in is of the very best quality. You can find out more information below including problems you may experience in your home.

Top tips to keep your taps in tip top condition

  • Tip #1 - be prepared - get your cleaning products ready – keep it simple, some of our faves are: bleach (mild solution), bicarbonate of soda, cleaning cloths (microfibre clothes are super absorbent, remove dirt and bacteria and a machine washable), elbow grease.
  • Tip #2 - bacteria and fungi are naturally present in both air and water and like to grow in damp places - like in the bathroom and kitchen, you may notice black or pink stains around your sink, bath, taps, loo and showerhead. While not harmful to health, this staining can be unsightly and is easy to deal with and prevent with regular cleaning and ventilation.
  • Tip #3 - in the bathroom for black or pink stains or slime on grout, between tiles, taps or on the showerhead, clean with a mild bleach solution, leaving even the smallest amount will cause the problem to return. 
  • Tip #4 - for a terrific toilet – use bleach to lose the slime in your loo, scrub with a toilet brush until sparkling
  • Tip #5 - bits in your water which are slimy to touch – clean taps and scrub with a mild bleach solution , especially around the tap spout – be sure to rinse well 
  • Tip #6 - black or pink stains/slime on your in your washing machine soap drawer or around the door seal, wipe with a mild bleach solution or if possible remove the soap drawer following manufacturer’s instructions and wash in hot soapy water. 
  • Tip #7 - damp flannels and dishcloths provide a breeding ground for bacteria, so don’t dry your cloth after use by placing over it over the tap.  Wash and dry them after use.  
  • Tip #8 - bacteria and mould love a damp environment, so improve the ventilation, leave a window open for a while or fit an extractor fan.
  • Tip #9 - check the quality of your fittings, such as taps, aerators and showerheads in case they’re ready for an upgrade. According to Watersafe poor quality taps and fittings can affect the quality of water in your home.  
  • Tip #10 - clean taps and good ventilation will keep your kitchen and bathroom slime free all year round!

For more information on looking after the water in your home, download our leaflet here.