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There’s no doubt about water’s importance in our everyday lives – our bodies are 60% water after all, but how important is the quality of the water we drink? At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric we believe that it’s important to understand every aspect of your water system, including the facts about water treatment and filtration system.

Here are five reasons you should have a water filtration system in your home.

1. Protect Your Health

The first and probably most important thing that a water filtration system does for you is to keep your tap water safe and drinkable. Contaminated and impure water can pose severe health risks if consumed regularly. With a water treatment or filtration system in place, you won’t have to worry about several diseases that impure water can cause, including:

  • Impure water increases your risk for gastrointestinal disease due to the presence of cryptosporidium, giardia, and e-coli.

  • Contaminated water can damage a child’s immune system and prevent it from developing properly.

  • Some unpurified water contains traces of lead (which you really don’t want to be consuming on a regular basis.)

  • South Florida has particularly hard water – meaning it has a high concentration of minerals like magnesium and calcium which alter the pH of the water and have severe drying effects on your skin. People with eczema especially struggle with this.

Drinking clean water is essential to your general well-being, and although it is a basic human right, millions of people do not have access to it on a daily basis.

2. Environmental Benefits Of Filtration Systems

In an attempt to avoid consuming common contaminants, many people turn to bottled water. This quickly becomes environmentally expensive as landfills fill with plastic bottles. Many areas simply don’t have the resources or infrastructure to support recycling the number of plastic bottles that are thrown away on a daily basis. Some cities incinerate the materials they don’t recycle.

By using a water filtration system for your drinking water, you help keep non-biodegradable plastics out of landfills and incinerators.

3. Protection From Flooding Or Construction Contaminants

Both flooding and construction can add some suspect substances in your water supply – particularly for well water. As floodwater moves, it picks up a number of chemicals, waste products, and other contaminants and deposits them into our water supplies.

Construction materials have a similar effect. It leads to the contamination of groundwater with chemicals, adhesives, and plastics. Older homes are at high risk of asbestos contamination. If any of these reach your drinking water without being filtered, there can be serious health risks.

4. Improved Smell

A strange smell is no one’s favorite thing, and if your water is the source of the funky odor you should get it fixed as soon as possible. Not all contaminants will give off a scent, but bad smells are usually an indication of a deeper problem with your water supply. It’s not often that plumbing issues are easy to detect, but strange-smelling water is a definite indication of something needing to be filtered out of your water supply.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common strange smells that may be coming out of your taps, as well as what could be causing them in the first place.

Pennies 

In older buildings especially, water can smell like old coins because of the presence of zinc, copper, and iron that have leached into groundwater and caused rust to form in your pipes.

A Swimming Pool

Another unpleasant smell is caused by the presence of chlorine or chloramine – which are often added to municipally supplied water to stop microbiological contamination. Consuming high levels of chlorine can result in dry hair, dry skin, irritated eyes, an irritated throat, and chest tightness.

Just… Weird

There are substances known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which give water a subtle ‘off’ smell. Unfortunately, VOCs do not have a strong odor but can be dangerous to consume on a regular basis.

VOCs have been associated with the following:

  • Irritated eyes, nose, and throat
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Loss of coordination
  • Damage to kidneys, liver, and central nervous system after prolonged exposure

A home water treatment and filtration system will ensure that none of these compounds enter your body and cause you harm.

5. Improved Taste

Unfiltered and untreated water which contains chlorine, bacteria, heavy metals, or pesticides has an unpleasant taste. By installing a filtration system, you ensure your tap water tastes better.

Although municipal water is typically safe to consume, being harmless does not necessarily mean high quality. Common contaminants can give your water a cloudy appearance and strange taste.

Water Filtration Systems From Art Plumbing, AC & Electric

To remain healthy, it is essential that the water you drink is clean and purified, which is why Art Plumbing, AC & Electric both installs and helps maintain water filtration systems in your home. For more information about residential water treatment systems, call us today at 1-800-475-1504.

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