It’s easy to assume that the water that enters your home is safe for consumption. Before water reaches your home, it goes through an intense water treatment process via your municipal water treatment facility. Chemicals such as chlorine or chloramine are added to the water to neutralize dirt, bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other contaminants. Furthermore, there is a sedimentation and filtration process to rid the water of sediment and dissolved particles.
However, many homeowners are surprised to learn that this process cannot remove every single contaminant from the water. Contaminants may continue to threaten your water supply, or additional particles can collect as water travels to your home, which is why many homeowners choose whole-home water filtration systems for extra protection. Additionally, some homeowners choose water filtration because they are dissatisfied with the chemicals used during municipal treatment, as some people are sensitive to chemicals like chlorine, chloramine, and fluoride. Let’s go over a few of your options for water treatment so your home and family members get the protection needed.
- Whole-Home Filter: You may decide on a basic water filter to remove many of the minerals and other particles that could otherwise move into your water supply. Any whole-home filter is installed at a point-of-entry for your plumbing so that all of the water in the house is treated. Basic water filtration systems can target a large amount of contaminants, including most particles and some biological pollutants. However, smaller particles can still sometimes pass through the filter.
- Reverse Osmosis System: A reverse osmosis system is a bit more effective at removing most types of contaminants that could infiltrate your plumbing. These use water pressure to push the water through a semi-permeable membrane. This membrane only allows pure water to pass through, so very few contaminants make their way through.
- Water Softener: For some homeowners, hard water is the prevalent problem that plagues the home. Hard water is a condition in which there are minerals in your water that leave behind white or yellowish-green deposits near drains and faucets. These same deposits can gather in the pipes and drastically reduce your water pressure until you need costly plumbing repair or replacement. A water softener replaces minerals like magnesium and calcium with a different type of ion, most commonly salt.
Choosing the right system for your home can be difficult, unless you have the help of an experienced technician. Call The Trusted Plumber to talk to an expert about installing water filtration systems in Phoenix.