Wondering if you need a water filtration system for your house? We want to get the conversation started about this serious issue at the heart of your house. Read on to learn more about how filtering your water reduces contaminants and improves its taste.
Tap Water Contains Contaminants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires every community water supplier to provide an annual water quality report about local drinking water quality – including levels of contaminants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that knowing these levels, and which contaminants are actually harmful, can help you to determine whether you need to take additional precautions in protecting yourself and your family from potential water-related illnesses.
Once you determine that you want to add that important extra layer of protection to your home, it’s time to determine which type of filtration system to choose.
Activated Alumina or Charcoal
Activated alumina can remove fluoride, arsenic, and selenium. You should be in control of the mineral content in your drinkable water. Activated carbon or charcoal filtration system traps pollutant molecules in pores, creating a large absorption system. Activated charcoal effectively removes organic compounds from water.
A reverse osmosis system can be extensive and expensive. It requires many steps with the accompanying equipment and is an investment. It is, however, an effective method of removing chemicals and heavy metals. The system is dependent on a semi-permeable membrane and applied pressure, making it popular with people pursuing greener homes.
Distillation and Ultraviolet
Distilling water is a process in which water is boiled into steam, then cooled down back to a liquid and is finally collected in a clean container. Ultraviolet purifying systems use a high frequency to irradiate the water and eradicate all the microorganisms that reside there.
Settling on a type of filter can be overwhelming. Should you filter at the faucet, or should you install a water filtration system for the whole house? You must weigh factors like the biochemical properties of the water, water pressure, the material and specs of the pipe, and your budget. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Most of the time, a water filtration system is a combination of two or more methods and materials. Knight’s Mechanical plumbing services are comprehensive and reliable. We can advise you in selecting and installing the right water filtration system for your needs.