Water is a simple chemical compound, but with complex properties because of its base. The chemical formula of water is H2O. That is, each water molecule consists of one oxygen atom between two hydrogen atoms. Water is necessary for human health and well-being; there can be no life without water. In fact, the human body is 70% water. However, that same water can be harmful to your body if not purified. Unfiltered water contains chlorine, fluoride, dioxins, parasites, carcinogenic, etc. those could be hazardous to your health.
Most tap and well water in the U.S. contain moderate to heavy levels of contamination from industrial and environmental pollution. All sources of water whether it be a lake, river, glacier or well, contain some level of contamination. Contaminants range from naturally occurring minerals to man-made chemicals and byproducts. Water from surface water, lakes or rivers, can be exposed to acid rain, storm water runoff, pesticide runoff and industrial waste. Water from groundwater, private wells or public water supplies, can be contaminated by disease-producing pathogens, leach from landfills and septic systems, hazardous household products and agricultural chemicals. Most contaminant levels are not high enough to cause immediate sickness but are more likely to cause chronic health effects. This means effects that occur long after repeated exposure to small amounts of a contaminant.
Installing a whole house water system can solve a wide range of problems affecting your water quality, taste, or appearance of the water. Whole house filtration systems remove contaminants from your water through a filter connected to your water line. All the water coming into your house will pass through the filter before being routed to faucets, toilets and appliances in the house. The types of contaminants that you will need to remove or treat your water with will vary based on whether you receive water from a municipal system, well, or spring. Generally, those on city water are recommended to use a whole house carbon filtration system for general multi-purpose whole house purification. Carbon filtration is effective in removing chlorine, chloramines, odor and VOCs to provide chemical free water throughout your entire home. If you have specific water contaminant issues such as iron, fluoride, sediment, or bacteria, you will you need a whole house system catered to removing that contaminant. For example, if you have any orange and brown iron staining around the fixtures in your home, you will need a whole house iron filter to remove the staining throughout the home. A whole house softener does not work as a water filter but works to soften hard water. A whole home softener is recommended if you require soft water for a scale free environment and spotless glassware. A softener can be combined with any whole house filtration system and work together to provide clean and soft water throughout every faucet.
Benefits of a whole house water filtration system include; clean, filtered water emerges from every water source in the house, healthier showers and baths, extended life of water using appliances and household pipes, softened water with scale free showers and spotless glasses, softer, brighter and longer lasting clothing, and healthier skin and hair, free of contaminants.
While water from a municipal source is treated, it is still exposing you to a handful of contaminants. A whole house system provides you with extra protection in every outlet of your home. Contaminants can be absorbed through the skin and inhaled from our lungs, so it is extremely important to be protected throughout the entire home. If you have no special water contaminant issues, then a whole house carbon filtration system is recommended for general multi-purpose whole house purification. If you have special water concerns, then you would need a whole house system dedicated to treat that problem. Enjoy the health benefits of a whole house water filter and the peace of mind that comes with clean water.
Though a whole home filtration system will be beneficial to all water throughout the home, adding a RO (reverse osmosis) filtration system will take your drinking water to the next level of purification. RO technology filters out water pollutants and delivers up to 99% contaminant rejection rates to provide ultra-pure bottled water quality. It is the most efficient technology on the market and is often used with whole house filters to provide a truly complete water solution for the home.
If you are interested in learning more about the perfect filtration system for your home or business, give American Rooter Plumbing a call and talk with one of our water quality experts 402.298.5414.