Water is part of everyday life. Despite the obvious need of water for hydration and survival, we use water to wash our hands, shower, flush the toilet, clean the dishes, do our laundry, and so much more! With it being such a critical aspect of our day-to-day lives, it is important we understand what is in our water.
Water is cleaned and filtered before it enters our home. Laws have been passed to ensure that cities have proper filtration in place. These ordinances keep us safe from toxins seeping into our water supply. However, what is deemed “clean” may not meet your standards after a closer look.
The most common minerals found in tap water are:
At a certain level, these things are preventing any bacteria from entering our bodies or homes. Once the water has been rid of those harmful invaders, proper filtration can further clean your water to confirm only the highest quality H20 is entering your home.
Tap water with traces of any of the above minerals are not going to have immediate severe effects on your health. However, overtime digesting too many of these chemicals can leave lasting effects. In extreme cases, there has been some correlation between an excessive amount of these components leading to cancers, brain development issues, heart problems, and more.
A more realistic concern as a homeowner with unfiltered water is backed up plumbing. The minerals that are entering our pipes by way of water slowly create buildup to the interior of your plumbing systems. Over time, the sedimentation of these substances creates decreased plumbing pressure and the pipes begin to close off.
Brita filters and other filtration pitchers are one way to have confidence in your drinking water. A filtration pitcher is equipped with an activated carbon canister that the water flows through before landing into the pitcher ready to be consumed. These systems are ideal for renters or anyone who is on a low budget but is concerned about the minerals in their drinking water.
The next step up from a filtration pitcher is a point-of-use system. These are installed at the site of your drinking water, which in most cases will be the kitchen sink. With point-of-use filtration, you can confidently use and drink water from your sink knowing it has been cleared of any unnecessary minerals.
The issue with both filtration pitchers and point-of-use filtration systems is that neither of these systems are truly protecting your home’s plumbing from the inevitable build-up.
Whole-house Water Filtration
Whole-house filtration is the game-changer in keeping your water and your plumbing in pristine condition. Aside from preventing excess particles from entering your plumbing or making their way into your drinking water, these systems will also be feeding filter water to every area of your home. That means your showers, hand washing, and laundry are all in for an upgrade.
Whether you are looking for resources, better understanding or are ready to dive into water filtration in your home, Mark Carpenter Plumbing is here to help. We are here to take care of any of your plumbing needs.