How to Improve the Water Quality in Your Home
Water is essential for life, but just as important as access to water is the quality of the water. The better the quality of the water in your home, the more health benefits you could see for yourself and your family. There are a number of ways that you can boost the quality of the water running through the taps in your home.
The importance of good quality water
Some of the most prominent outbreaks of disease are related to contaminated drinking water. Diseases such as hepatitis A, norovirus, and shigella can all be transmitted to humans through unsanitary water. High levels of lead in drinking water can cause a number of ailments in children. With all that in mind, it’s imperative to have access to clean, high-quality water for drinking, washing, bathing, and cooking.
While the impact of poor quality water on human beings is a common concern, you may not have realized that poor water can be detrimental to appliances. Better quality water can help appliances run more efficiently, making them last longer and saving you money on energy costs in the process. Softened water can help prevent clogs in showerheads and faucets, and allow you do your laundry in lower temperatures without losing cleaning power.
Filtering drinking water
One of the best ways to improve the quality of your drinking water is to utilize a water filtration system. It’s important to note that filtration systems are not the same as purification systems, which work to make heavily contaminated water potable.
A water pitcher filtration system is a simple and economical way to improve drinking water quality. These filters remove sediment from water and reduce levels of chlorine, lead, mercury, and other chemicals. You could also opt for a filtration unit that attaches directly to your faucet.
At the higher end of the filtration options are reverse osmosis filtration systems, which use a combination of carbon filters and membranes to remove up to 99% of contaminants from drinking water.
Whole house filters
Another option for improving water quality is to install a whole house water filter at the main water line that supplies your home. This helps to filter not only the water from the kitchen faucet, but water that will run through all taps, showerheads, toilets, and appliances in your home. While the water from municipal reserves is treated before reaching your home, a whole home filter can help remove the contaminants earlier water treatment processes may have missed.
Water with high mineral content is known as hard water. Hard water can leave clothes feeling harsh and scratchy, can leave a film of soap on the skin when bathing, and can cause a buildup of calcium and magnesium inside pipes that impedes water flow.
Water softeners don’t have an impact on water purity, but they do make water more pleasant to wash with, and as noted above, can help appliances run more efficiently. Water softeners replace the calcium and magnesium in water with sodium to soften it. There are chemical treatments to soften water as well as mechanical appliances that can be installed as part of your home’s water supply system.
Improving the quality of your drinking water may be a big job but is worth it for your family's health. Speak to the professionals at Taylor's Plumbing about improving your water quality.