The safety of our drinking water has been a major concern lately and you’re likely looking for a way to make sure your water is safer. So, you may be wondering if a whole home water filtration system is right for you and your family.
Well, the first question you need to answer before deciding whether or not to have a whole home water filtration system installed is… what is in my water?
The types and levels of contaminants in your drinking water will depend on several factors; do you use city tap water or does your water come from a well? Where is your water supplied from, i.e. a lake or a river? How old your water supply pipes are and what they’re made of?
Keep in mind that all water sources contain some level of contaminants. These contaminants can vary from naturally existing minerals to man-made pollutants and chemicals. So it doesn’t really matter if you have tap water or rely on a well, there is some kind of contaminate in your water. What’s important is the type and levels of these contaminants.
Groundwater from wells or public water sources is vulnerable to a variety of different pollutants. Contamination of groundwater can happen when pollutants seep into the soil and find their way to water sources, water sources that we use in our own homes. Major causes of groundwater contamination come from landfills, leaking septic and underground storage tanks, pesticides and fertilizer runoff, road salts, gasoline, oil, toxins from mining sites and man-made chemicals.
Water from lakes and rivers, or surface water, is also vulnerable to pollutants, like runoff from agricultural and industrial byproducts. Surface water can also be contaminated by acid rain and precipitation runoff. Additionally, our everyday water usage contributes to the contamination of our water supply. The water we use to bathe, to wash our dishes and clothes, to cook with and the water we flush down our pipes, finds its way back to our water supply.
There are several other factors and pollutants that contribute to the health of your drinking water. Typically, these contaminants are not at a high enough level to make you sick immediately. The concern is the overall, long-term effects of contaminated water on yours and your family’s health. These health issues are typically caused by repeated consumption and use of polluted water, over an extended period of time.
Having a whole house water filtration system installed can solve several issues that affect your drinking water; including taste, appearance, quality, and safety. A water filtration system works by filtering out contaminants with a filter that is connected directly to your water lines. Meaning that all of the water that comes through your pipes will have to flow through the filter system first.
The type of filtration system you’ll need will depend on the type of pollutants that you need to remove from your drinking water. You can choose a filtration system to remove a specific contaminant if you’re having issues with just a singular chemical; like fluoride, iron, bacteria, etc. However if you’re looking for a more general filtration system that removes several chemicals; like chlorine, benzene, radon and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as herbicides, pesticides, and other man-made chemicals. As an added bonus, carbon filtration systems also remove odors and tend to improve the taste of your water.
Other water filtration options include Ultra Violet Filtration Systems and Under the Sink Filtration Systems. A member of our expert plumbing staff can help you decide which water filtration option would best fit you and your family’s needs. Contact us today to learn more.