Do You Need a Whole Home Filtration System?
What exactly is a whole home water filtration system, and does your family need one? A whole-home filtration system is one of the best ways you can help your loved ones be healthy. The majority of tap and well water within the United States contains moderate to heavy levels of various contaminants. Because industrial and environmental pollution causes contaminants to enter the water. Even glacier water, pristine mountain lake water, and well water contain some level of contamination.
Some examples of environmental pollutants are acid rain, pesticide runoff, stormwater runoff, and industrial waste. These pollutants contaminate river and lake water. Several examples of industrial pollutants are septic systems, hazardous household products, and agricultural chemicals. These pollutants contaminate private wells or public water systems. A whole-home water filtration system removes these contaminants, making your water safer:
First, this article will explain what a whole-home filtration system is. Then, we discuss why you might need one. Finally, we explain how it will benefit your home.
What Is a Whole Home Filtration System?
A whole-home water filtration system is an easy way to reduce or remove your water’s contaminants. Imagine putting a Brita filter onto your entire home. The system prevents contaminants from coming into your home by attaching a filter to your main water line. So, the water passes through the filter and goes to your appliances, faucets, and toilets. The whole home water filter will remove up to 95% of sediments, rust, and other contaminants. Certain filters will even remove chlorine commonly found in water. Finally, a whole-home water filtration system will vary dramatically in cost based on two factors. First, what are the types of contaminants the filter removes? Second, how much maintenance will the filter need? The two most common types of water filtration systems are carbon-based and reverse-osmosis.
The media filter will act as a primary blocker to capture debris and other solid matter. A media filter is made of woven material like a standard air filter on your furnace. It acts like a window screen for your water. For instance, it prevents leaves, bits of debris, and bugs from coming into your home. So, the filter helps remove larger contaminants from your water.
A carbon filter requires the least maintenance. It is usually replaced every three years. In addition, it improves the taste of your water by removing chlorine. However, you may need an extra filter to remove additional particles.
These filters are best used when you need to purify drinking water from one location—for example, a particular tap in your home, such as the faucet in your kitchen. A reverse-osmosis filter blocks a wider variety of contaminants from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to lead. However, it is pretty expensive, needs more maintenance, and produces more wastewater. In addition, they often strip everything from your water, including certain beneficial minerals.
Do You Need a Whole Home Water Filtration System?
Many contaminants go unnoticed in your water. However, there are a few that will make their presence known. Problem water can leave stains, taste awful, and smell foul. There are a few types of whole home water filter systems, and each type has a different filter. The different filters will target various contaminants. For example, some filters will resolve a foul odor by removing chlorine. Other filters will reduce sediment, iron, sulfur, and arsenic in the water. Here are a number of signs you may need a whole home water filtration system:
- Your water smells like rotten eggs.
- Due to hard water, there are streaks on your dishes and deposits on your plumbing fixtures.
- The drinking water tastes horrible
- Your appliances are starting to rust.
- Your home’s pipes are starting to corrode.
Benefits of a Whole-Home Water Filtration System
- Removes contaminants from clothes washed in the laundry machine
- Clean drinking water
- Crisp, refreshing drinking water
- Soft water that won’t strip skin of its natural oils
- Reduces hair loss
- Helps hair grow stronger
- Cleaner water for cooking
- Better for pet’s water bowls
- Safe for showers and baths for young children who might swallow shower or bathwater
- The water in Southwest Florida contains many minerals causing the water to be “hard.” So, a whole home water filtration system appeals to many potential buyers. Installing a system will increase your home’s value.
- A home water filtration system turns “hard water” into “soft water.” Softened water means less build-up in your shower, tub, sinks, and pipes. Therefore, decreasing plumbing problems such as clogging. Soft water will extend the lifespan of your home’s pipes and appliances by as much as 25%.
- The system reduces corrosion and improves pH levels. Reducing corrosion will extend the life of your household fixtures. It also prevents your tubs, sinks, dishwashers, and toilets from rusting.
- It leaves your clothes looking brighter and feeling softer. In other words, they last longer.
- It reduces hard water spots on the glass. So, it is easier to keep your home looking fresh, clean, and sparkling.
But Isn’t Water Already Treated for Contaminants?
Yes! Cities treat their water. Yet, the water still contains a handful of contaminants. Indeed, the majority of contaminant levels won’t immediately make you sick. But they can cause chronic health problems. In addition, you can review annual Water Quality Reports in your area. These are accessible on your local county government’s website.
Finally, a whole home filtration system can be expensive. However, the peace of mind from drinking water you know is safe is priceless. We want to help give you safer drinking water! Servicing Southwest Florida, CAMPlumbing is ready to make the process of installing this system a splash. Our professional and knowledgeable team is standing by to help you from start to finish. From installation to maintenance to repair, we have what you need. Call us today to schedule a free whole home water filtration system consultation!