Calgary Plumbing: Water Filtration Guide for the Modern Homeowner
As a homeowner, you are no doubt concerned about the quality of your drinking water. Filters provide a viable and very cost-conscious option that will provide you with quality water right from your own tap. There are numerous types of home water filtration systems on the market, which makes choosing the best one for your particular situation a challenging undertaking. And while high-end water filtration systems offer top notch performance, there are budget-friendly water filtration systems that can serve the purpose of filtering your water without breaking the bank. Let’s look at the 4-1-1 on water filtration for your modern home.
Under the Sink Water Filtration Systems
A popular option for home water purification is the under the sink filtration system. This system is permanently installed beneath the sink and produces very high quality water without a ton of maintenance requirements. Although these types of systems are a bit expensive, they are nonetheless convenient and perform very well. And because most water sources are tested on a regular basis for common contaminants, the under the sink water filtration system is sufficient to ensure the health of your water. If, however, the water that you wash your clothing in, brush your teeth in, and bathe in comes from a well source, then this system may not be a good choice for you as it is not as comprehensive as your needs require.
Point of Entry Water Filtration Systems
The point of entry water filtration system is installed at the point where water comes into your home and it works to filter all of the water that enters. This type of system is usually purchased by those who are very concerned about the health of their drinking water, and the water that they wash their clothing (and themselves) in, as well as the water that they cook with. Most people who choose a point of entry water filtration system have well water, although it can be used for city or municipal water as well. Well water that comes into the home has not been tested for contaminants like municipal water, and although many wells are perfect and have clean, delicious tasting and healthy water, others are not as optimal for drinking and some may be unsafe for you and/or your plumbing system. The point of entry water filtration system is a good way to be certain that your well water is clean and safe for you and your family and it can also remove harmful mineral deposits that make your water smell or taste foul, or that can damage your pipes and plumbing.
Methods of Water Filtration
These home purification and water filtration systems vary in how they filter your water. The most common ways that water is filtered with these filtration systems include:
- Reverse osmosis and UV. These methods utilize membrane filters or ultra-violet light to remove contaminants from your water. They can also be useful in treating the water’s condition, such as when you have water that is too hard or too soft. The basic system of water filtration that uses reverse osmosis and ultra-violet light is a few hundred dollars while more high-tech systems may cost a couple of thousand dollars. These are pricey systems, but they work well and are worth the cost.
- Ion-exchange. For hard water that is caused by a high level of magnesium and calcium, the ion-exchange system is useful. Hard water not only tastes horrible, it can also ruin your water heater and other appliances that use water. Hard water also turns your laundry a dingy color, and can make your hair and body take on a metallic, sulfur-type smell. Ion exchange works by passing hard water over an ion-exchange bed and transforming the calcium to sodium. This makes the water softer and better for use in all purposes.
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