Does your water have a strange taste? Does it smell like bleach or chlorine?
Recent research into the contaminants found in our water supplies shows that we don’t know really know what’s in our water. According to a 2017 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, around 77 million Americans were using drinking water from systems that violated federal protections in 2015. Millions more were getting their water from suppliers who failed to test water properly or didn’t report their results.
Don’t take safe drinking water for granted. If you’re at all concerned about concerned about unsafe water entering your home from municipal supplies or ground-well sources, speak with a water quality specialist at Sobieski Services.
3 Benefits of Water Treatment Systems
Clean, Healthy Water
This may seem obvious, but water treatment systems are designed to improve the quality of your water. Perhaps the greatest benefit of purifying your water is that all of your family members can drink straight from the tap, instead of relying on an old Brita filter that can add new bacteria into the water.
A major problem with chlorine in your home's water is that when chlorine mixes with any kind of organic matter, it produces disinfection by-products (DBPs). One dangerous DPB is trihalomethanes (THMs). Chlorine and THMs have been linked to liver and kidney damage, immune and nervous system disorders, hardening of the arteries, birth defects, and various forms of cancer.
Less Scaling, Sediment, and Mineral Deposits
While hard water is not necessarily harmful to you — the minerals can actually be nutritious — it can significantly damage your home’s plumbing and appliances. Heavy metals and sediment can substantially shorten the life of your water heater, increase your energy bills and cause wear to your clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, showerheads, faucets, and spouts.
As the water passes through your pipes, it leaves mineral deposits that can accumulate over time and create hard deposits on the inside of your piping. This can impede water flow and cause water pressure problems. Water softeners uses sodium to remove the hardness of water, and this can alleviate many of the plumbing problems associated with high levels of minerals.
Surprisingly, 85% of Americans have hard water in their water supply. Any yet, only 30% of those with hard water use a water softener.
Peace of Mind from Municipal and Groundwater Contamination
Look no further than the Flint, Michigan water crisis to see the dangers of relying on municipal water treatment for clean and safe water. Even a temporary public warning of harmful water or sanitation work near your home can send contaminants into your home's water.
How to Choose the Right Water Filtration System
Depending on the contaminants in your water supply, you might need a water softener, UV light, or reverse osmosis system. Purchasing bottled water and using point-of-use water filtration modules are popular, but these alternatives are impractical if you want safe water throughout the home.
Fortunately, there is a practical water filtration solution to remove contaminants from your home's water source and provide you great benefits. Point-of-entry water filtration system is installed by your plumbing professional where the main water line enters your home. The result is clean, filtered water available at all household faucets, and appliances. Learn more about the difference between point-of-use and whole-house water filtration.
If you want healthy and great-tasting water, talk to the water quality specialists at Sobieski Services.