Water quality is often greatly variable – the quality of water you drink can change depending on what part of town you’re in, or what season it is. The only thing that does not change is your need for clean, quality water, which is why you should consider installing a home water treatment unit, to ensure that every glass of water you drink is as pure as the last.
But Isn’t Tap Water Safe To Drink?
Overall, water in the United States is safe to drink straight from the faucet unless you live in an area with contaminated water, such as Flint, Michigan. But that does not mean it is harmless. Tap water is cleaned and disinfected with chlorine, which, in small amounts, is not technically bad for you. However, heavily chlorinated water can have some side effects, including the following:
- Dry hair
- Dry skin
- Eye irritation
- Throat irritation
- Chest tightness
If your municipal water supply is not cleaned with chlorine, the likelihood of bacteria infecting the water that is pumped into your home is high. Bacteria and microorganisms can be very dangerous to your health, making the addition or removal of chlorine from the water purifying process a bit of a catch-22.
If you notice any of the following water quality issues, you probably need your water checked and a water treatment system installed:
- Discolored water: if your water looks brown, red, yellow, or cloudy there are likely metals or microorganisms present.
- An earthy or musty odor: these smells can be a sign that decaying organic matter is present in your pipes.
- A rotten egg smell: Sulfur smells like rotten eggs and can indicate that bacteria or sulfates present in your water supply.
- Salty water: if your water tastes like someone has poured salt into it there is a chance it contains microorganisms or minerals.
Filtering your water before it comes out of the faucet will ensure it does not have a high chlorine content or any bacteria, ensuring that your family stays happy and healthy regardless of the quality of municipal water.
Water Treatment Saves Your Wallet And The Environment
Many families choose to buy pre-bottled water to store in their refrigerators at home. A single bottle of water might not feel like a big expense, but when you add up the cost of each bottle the monthly expense can quickly climb into the triple digits, particularly for large families.
Installing a water filtration unit helps you cut the unnecessary water bottle cost, which in turn helps save the environment. Plastic water bottles are major polluters, and only 30% are recycled in the U.S. Considering it takes about 450 years for a single plastic water bottle to degrade it makes sense to cut them out of your life by installing a water filtration system in your home.
After storms or rainfalls, water seeps into the ground and picks up minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Water with a high mineral content is called hard water because it is quite literally hard to wash in. Some of the side effects of hard water include:
- Sediment build-up: dissolved minerals can start to clog up piping and damage plumbing and heating systems.
- Inefficient soap: you will start to struggle to clean clothing properly as laundry detergent won’t wash out effectively. Body soap also doesn’t lather effectively or wash off properly, leaving you with dry skin and blocked pores.
- Clogged showers and faucets: mineral build-up will eventually make showering a chore.
- Dirt everywhere: dishes, tubs, and sinks will start to look and feel dirty. Hard water makes getting rid of soap suds difficult, so bathtubs will require harsh chemicals to clean. Glasses will also have a cloudy film even after being washed.
If you are experiencing signs of hard water in your home, our technicians at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric can easily install a water softener and conditioner to remove minerals from your water, leaving you with perfectly soft water.
There are multiple reasons to start treating the water that enters your home, from personal health requirements to environmental needs. Make sure your water quality is top-notch with home water filters from Art Plumbing, AC & Electric today.