Water filtration systems ensure the water coming into your home is clean and safe, and won’t be causing any harm to you, your family, or your belongings.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 90 percent of the drinking water in the U.S. is safe, but the approximately ten percent that is not can be putting those drinking it at risk for several illnesses. In addition to that, approximately 85 percent of homes in America have hard water, which has an excess build up of magnesium and calcium linked to damaging effects on both health and home items.
Fortunately, there are several water filtration systems on the market that can help ensure your water is safe to drink and use.
Why you should consider a filtration system:
Water filtration systems filter contaminants out of water such as chlorine, lead, mercury, magnesium, chromium, copper, nickel, iron and hydrogen sulfide. High amounts of these contaminants in water are linked to health issues including cardiovascular disease, reproductive issues, growth issues, diabetes, neural diseases and several types of cancer. Contaminated water can also cause damage to your hair and skin, pipes, appliances, dishes, and clothes.
If water tests have shown contaminants in the past, your water looks, tastes, or smells unusual, your plumbing has limescale buildup, or if your water has stained your clothes dishes and appliances, you likely need a water filtration system.
Installing a water filter can help improve your health and longevity and can save you money in the long run by preventing damage to your home’s plumbing. When it comes to your health and belongings, investing in a filtration system is well worth it to ensure safe and pure water in your home.
How water filtration works:
Water filters come in several styles, each with their own filtration methods to meet specific needs.
- Reverse osmosis water filters, one of the most popular types of water filters, work by using pressure to force water through a semipermeable membrane, which collects contaminants while allowing clean water to pass through. Reverse osmosis filters are very reliable and effective, but do generate wastewater because contaminants in the membrane occasionally need to be flushed out. The presence of the membrane could also reduce water pressure in your home.
- Countertop and under-counter filters are connected directly to a home water line to reduce contaminants such as chlorine, lead, mercury and others. These systems are installed either under or next to the sink, and the filters can process between 450 and 1,500 gallons of water before needing to be replaced. However, they do not filter water for the whole home, and individuals systems will be necessary if you want to treat water from multiple sinks.
- Tap filters, also called faucet-mounted filtration systems, attach directly to your faucet and use charcoal filters to reduce chlorine and sometimes lead. A tap filter is easily installed by screwing it onto a faucet in place of the aerator. They are small and inexpensive, but typically only last through about 100 gallons of water before needing to be replaced. There are also attachable filters available for shower heads to remove chlorine, which has been shown to cause damage to hair and skin, from your shower water.
- Filtered water pitchers are pitchers that use carbon filters to purify stored water as it is poured. These filters are affordable, but not very effective. The pitchers only purify a small amount of water at a time, making it impractical to use for anything other than drinking. These filters are also prone to clogging and need to be replaced regularly. Filtered water pitchers do not filter heavy metals, fluoride or microorganisms, and can actually encourage the growth of microorganisms if the filter is used for too long.
- Point of entry systems filters the entire home’s water supply before entering the structure. These systems filter out chlorine, sediment, and chemicals that can be harmful to your health or plumbing. This method is more costly than other forms of filtration but may be the best option if you want to purify the water in your entire home.
Each of these types of water have both advantages or disadvantages and some may be better suited for your home than others. A professional will help you determine which type of water filtration system is best for your needs, and will properly install it for you to ensure long-term clean and safe water.
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