Your Guide To Home Water Purification
As living beings that require water to survive, it’s no surprise that so many of the day-to-day tasks we perform in our homes involve water in some way. From drinking it and cooking with it to showering, washing dishes, doing laundry and more, the water supply in a home is one of the most important aspects of residential living.
Whether a home is connected to a city water supply or has its own well, the quality of the water can vary drastically. In some cases, the water is fairly clean, tasteless, and odorless straight from the tap. In others, the water may be discolored, cloudy, smelly, or unpleasant-tasting. When water starts to affect the taste of food, leave a strange odor in your hair, or create stains in your sinks and toilets, it may be time to consider installing a home water purification system.
Types of Water Purification Systems
- Individual Tap Filters: One of the most affordable, small-scale options, using an individual tap filter allows you to filter the water for a single location directly at the tap. These kinds of systems can vary quite a bit by brand, but are generally small and connect directly to the tap in question for on-demand filtration.
These kinds of tap filters often have a slow output, which is why they’re most often used to improve the taste of drinking water. As such, this option is not as feasible for shower or garden use.
- Distillers: A distiller uses a very basic method of purification, first heating the water to create steam, then allowing the steam to cool and condense in another part of the filter. As a result, the heavy contaminants (heavy metals, minerals, bacteria, etc.) are left behind and the uncontaminated water vapor is able to condense into a purer form.
Distillation is not able to remove all chemical contaminants, however, and generally takes longer to complete the purification process than other systems (a few gallons per hour, on average).
- Reverse Osmosis: The key to a reverse osmosis filtration system is a very thin composite membrane that allows only water molecules to pass through. As its name suggests, such systems push against the natural flow of water into areas of high solute concentration (osmosis) by using sufficient pressure to push the water through the filter and out of the solution (thereby leaving behind unwanted minerals and contaminants).
Reverse osmosis filtration systems can also have a variety of other steps and filters, including a sediment filter for large particles, an activated carbon filter to capture chemicals that might damage the reverse osmosis membrane, and/or an ultraviolet lamp to sterilize the water of any bacteria.
- Whole-House Systems: With a whole-house water purification system, the amount of maintenance required is minimal. Filters generally only need to be replaced a couple of times per year, and the filtration process is applied to all the water in the house rather than at a few designated taps.
Because a whole-house system is the most advanced, large-scale water purification solution, the cost can be significantly higher than the other options. A whole-house filtration system is usually seen as an investment into home improvement (and can be quite a marketable aspect if and when you need to sell your home).
Selecting the right purification system for your home can be a bit tricky, as it depends on the types of contaminants and other problems that exist in the water. Fortunately, home water analysis kits are available to help homeowners determine exactly what contaminants might be present. These kits usually run around $30 on average, which is relatively cheap when you consider the potential costs associated with installing the wrong purification system for your needs.1
Once you know exactly what contaminants are in your home’s water, you can seek out a filtration system that is known to efficiently remove those particular solutes. It may also be worthwhile to look into what kinds of water contaminants are common in your area; even if they’re not immediately present, there’s always the chance that they could appear in the future.
Another option, if you’d rather not do your own testing, is to hire an independent testing company for a professional water analysis. This is a more expensive option, of course, but it’s a good way to be confident in your results and get professional input.
The Benefits of Purifying Your Home’s Water
Purified water offers a number of unique benefits over standard tap water:
- Better-Tasting Drinking Water: Water purification systems pull particles and other chemical contaminants out of your tap water, creating a purer, cleaner-tasting product. If you notice that your water still tastes “off” or begins to taste strange after a few months, check that your system’s filter is still clean and functioning properly. If not, replace the dirty or damaged element.
- No Strange Odors: Again, because the filtration system pulls contaminants like sulfur and iron from the water, any odors that might have been present in the unfiltered tap water will go away. As with taste, check the filter for cleanliness and functionality if you start to notice any returning smells.
- Prevents Stains/Discoloration: Any discolorations to sinks, toilets, or clothing due to the deposition of particles from unfiltered water are prevented with purification. This reduces the amount of time spent cleaning the porcelain (and even the amount of bleach you use when washing whites).
- Improves Hair and Skin Health: Thanks to the removal of contaminants like chlorine from bath and shower water, hair and skin will general feel healthier, cleaner, and less dry. Hair stays smooth and tangles less readily. Plus, you’ll avoid the absorption of potentially harmful chemicals through your skin. Chlorine, for example, can cause eye irritation, dizziness and more, especially when heated.
- Extends the Lifespan of Appliances: Just as filtered water prevents the deposition of solutes in your sinks, on your dishes and on your clothing, it also prevents the deposition of solutes in the workings of water-using home appliances like your dishwasher, washer, coffee maker, and more. This means that your appliances can continue functioning for longer with quality results.
- May Prevent Water-Borne Illness: Systems that include anti-microbial filters or U/V lamps can help to sterilize water, potentially preventing the spread of water-borne illness into your home. Even if your home has its own well and is separate from a city system, bacteria can still grow in large amounts. Filtering this bacteria out properly can help to reduce health risks and unpleasant odors.2
Water Filter Certification
To ensure the efficacy of water filtration products, high-quality water filters are subject to third-party review by a public health testing organization called NSF. To achieve NSF certification, products need to meet specific standards of filtration performance, product quality, and overall safety. If a product bears the NSF seal, it is internationally recognized as a credible, safe product. When looking for a filtration system, you should always seek out the NSF logo.
Water Purification Systems from Water Event Pure Water Solutions
If the quality and taste of your water leaves something to be desired, consider how a water purification system could work for you. Not sure which kind of system would be best for your needs and your budget? At Water Event Pure Water Solutions, our professional expert staff will work with you directly to help you determine the right purification solution for your home and family.
To learn more about our water filtration systems, coolers, home delivery services and more, contact us today at (972) 488-8100.