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Water Treatment Tips

A water treatment system is important in maintaining your home’s drinking water supply. But, there are so many options and possible problems out there to sort through that it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. So to help you make sense of your options, here are some important tips about water treatment systems.

Choosing the Right Products for Your Home

There are dozens of different products on the market, including filters, softeners, distillers, disinfectants and reverse osmosis filters. That’s a lot of options and not every home needs each of them. To ensure you get only the product you need and do not spend a fortune to do it, here is some information on what each of them is used for:

  • Softener – Reduces hard water along with radium levels. Softeners are often used in conjunction with reverse osmosis as softening can raise sodium levels in drinking water.
  • Filter – Standard filters reduce and remove many metals, chemicals, pathogens and general debris and sediment from your water.
  • Distiller – A distiller is important for removing high quantities of heavy metals and minerals from your water like lead or arsenic. These need to be used in conjunction with balancing tools, however because distilled water is not generally safe for long term human consumption.
  • Disinfectant – Usually in the form of UV protection, these will kill viruses and bacteria in your water.
  • Reverse Osmosis – Reverse osmosis removes minerals, pathogens and metals, as well as balancing water that has been softened.

To know for sure which of these you need, water testing by a qualified technician is necessary.

Have Your Water Tested Regularly

While initial testing of your water is important when installing a filtration system, it is important to maintain a regular testing schedule of your drinking water. Generally it’s a good idea to test your drinking water once per year, when regular plumbing maintenance is performed. These annual tests will check for changes in bacteria and metal levels that can occur due to pipe damage or problems with your source water supply.

Beyond these annual tests, additional tests may be recommended on a bi or tri–annual basis. These less frequent tests will check for high levels of metals like lead and zinc that can leach into your water from your pipes. Regular testing also ensures that your filtration system is working properly. Frequently, when filters are used, people think less about their water safety, even ignoring some potential warning signs of problems. Having regular testing done will provide you true peace of mind.

How Much Water Do You Use?

Every family uses a different volume of water and the amount will ultimately determine what type and size of filtration device they need attached to their home. For those that drink a relatively small amount of tap water, a counter top filtration system will provide plenty of necessary fresh water each day. Additional filtration can be done with an under–sink filtration system without costing much more than a standard sink system.

However, for multi–family homes or for those that use a large volume of drinking water each day from multiple faucets, it may be a good idea to install a full house filtration system. This is especially true if you have small children or if your water has high levels of certain chemicals and metals that can cause damage to the skin through clothing or in the shower.

Extra Filtration Options

Most families can use a standard filter without any special cartridges. However, distillation and removal of excess nitrates or arsenic may be necessary, which can be done with specialty cartridges and housings. These specialty models allow you to easily remove all excess chemicals before the water is balanced by your reverse osmosis filtration device.