Water is one of the most important utilities in your home but often the most overlooked one. Clean water not only tastes delicious, it also keeps you healthy, nourishes your lawn, and rinses dirt and germs free of your clothes without buildup. However, all too often your water may become slowly contaminated over time. This can be caused by the variety of things listed below, just to name a few:
- Excessive minerals building up
- City water that hasn’t been adequately filtered
- Nearby sewage or drain pipes leaking
- Groundwater contaminated by fertilizer use
- City water that is made ‘safe to drink’ through added chemicals like chlorine
- A home located near to commercial or industrial areas
Bad water may also have subtler but longer-reaching effects. Water that has unpleasant tastes or smells is not enjoyable to drink, leading family members to reach for sodas or throw money away on expensive bottled waters. Bottled waters are also environmentally unfriendly; it takes at least fifty years, often much longer, for a plastic bottle to decay. Investing in a water treatment system saves you money, improves your health, increases the life of household appliances and pipes, and reduces your carbon footprint.
More and more households are turning to a variety of water treatment solutions. One of the most popular solutions is a home water treatment system that filters your water straight from the taps or pipes. Are you in need of one for your home or office? And are you wondering, which water filtration system is right for you? Read on to find out:
Do You Need a Home Water Filtration System?
Maybe you are thinking it is time to invest in a residential water treatment system for your home. No matter how clean you think your drinking water is, it’s worth taking the time to learn what might be in it. One useful source of information is an Annual Water Quality Report. This reports the amount and sources of contaminants found in your area’s local community water supply.
However, this gives you only general information. The water that your family drinks can be affected by many factors, from seasonal flooding to the quality of pipes to even the elevation of your home. To know for sure what’s in your home’s water, it’s recommended that you get private water testing. Check with your local Public Health Department to see if they offer water testing services or can make a recommendation.
Otherwise, you can hire an independent lab or buy a water testing kit online to perform an analysis. If you live in a rural area with a lot of agriculture, make sure you specifically ask them to check for levels of pesticides and herbicides. This is a big problem in rural areas that can affect water quality at any time of the year.
Here are a number of signs of sub-par home water that you need to look out for:
- A bad taste to the water
- Water that’s dirty looking or with a colored tinge
- Chemical smells and a strange aftertaste
- Limescale buildup in appliances
- Changes in water pressure from clogged pipes
- Irritated skin after washing
- Houseplants that look sick regardless of how often they’re watered or fertilized
Two Classes of Water Treatment Systems
Knowing which water filtration system is right depends on what kind of water issues you are trying to correct. There are two general classes of home water treatment systems. The first includes small devices that can handle a few gallons of water at a time. The second is entire home filters that can manage the total of a household’s water needs.
Small devices can be an inexpensive way to test out water filters and see if you like the results. We offer Kinetico drinking water systems , which use multiple steps in the process to ensure you end up with the cleanest, tastiest water. This includes initial and final filtration and a reverse osmosis process. These devices also let you know when it’s time to change the filter, no waste or guesswork required. The right device can even remove lingering chlorine smells and tastes from your drinking water.
However, if you want to purify more than just the drinking water supply, you should consider investing in one of the entire house water treatment systems available. These systems typically have multiple types of filtration, allowing them to go above and beyond what a smaller size drinking water station can produce. In addition, these systems are customizable.
You can choose the filters that are right for your home’s water supply and skip the others. Kinetico filters are popular and offer quality water treatment at a reasonable price. They can eliminate a wide variety of problems including:
- Cloudy, sediment-loaded water
- Rust and blue-green staining on the pipes
- Rotten egg smell from hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds
- Various unhealthy or unpleasant contaminants like excessive chlorine, iron, manganese, or arsenic
- Neutralize bad tastes and odors
- Eliminate acidic water by raising its pH value
The Kinetico systems we use stand out above competing brands because of their affordable price, ease of operation, reliability, and successful track record.
Some Things to Consider
Before you jump into getting a water filtration system of any size, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind:
- Both drinking water and whole house water filtration systems have an initial purchase and setup fee.
- They may also require periodic maintenance. For instance, if you live in an area where the pipes regularly freeze in the winter, your unit may need repairs.
- You will need to purchase replacement filter cartridges and either change them yourself or hire someone to do so.
- If you’ve been drinking your contaminated tap water for a long time, you may need to adjust to the taste of your new, clean water.
- Finally, you’ll need to figure out what to do with all the money you save now that you don’t need to buy expensive bottled water!
If you have any more questions, please contact us today. We’ll be glad to discuss your options with you.