Do you ever wonder about what’s in your water? It’s more than just hydrogen and oxygen, if that’s what you’re thinking! In truth, there are numerous microscopic materials that travel through the city water supply (and private wells). The vast majority (such as minerals) are substances you need not worry about. Others however, could have consequences for your family’s health and your home appliances.
That doesn’t mean you need to boil water for the rest of your life. It does mean that you may need to take some precautions. Today, we’ll be discussing water treatment systems for the home. We’ll tackle important questions, such as “What are the methods of water treatment?”. By the end, you will know how to identify your home’s treatment requirements, and which solution should work best for your family. Let’s dive in!
Water Treatment for Home
If you’re wondering how water treatment actually works, you’re not alone. Countless homeowners don’t fully understand the process or how they should be involved. First off, there are numerous methods of water treatment. Your home almost certainly uses one of them already: city water treatment. Municipal treatment centers take on waste water from the surrounding community and make painstaking effort to cleanse the water. To give them credit, they actually do a fantastic job.
But if that’s true, why do we need home water treatment? Not every home has access to city treated water, and those that do can still be exposed to harmful contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, and metals. These impurities may infiltrate the water supply as it transitions between the city treatment centers and your home. Occasionally, families have even discovered deadly chemicals (such as arsenic) leaking in from nearby construction sites.
It’s possible to have your water cleansed with a temporary chemical method. Chlorine certainly offers powerful temporary relief from potential contaminants, but even this cleaning method has its drawbacks. Instead, many homeowners prefer to use water treatment systems to safeguard their water supply. That’s what we will focus on today.
Water Treatment Tools: Filtration vs Purification
Filtration water treatment and purification are often confused. They are two distinct but commonly linked processes that provide much needed security for your water supply. Filtration utilizes a mesh (typically composed of activated carbon) that targets impurities. As water carries sediment, metals, and certain organisms through the filter, the mesh traps them and allows the cleaned water to flow through.
Purification however, uses much stronger cleansing techniques (such as distillation, de-ionization, or reverse osmosis) to neutralize and capture even more contaminants. This process breaks down harmful chemicals, kills dangerous biological hazards, and removes many microscopic impurities from your water supply. In a sense, purification is simply the next logical step beyond filtration.
A third treatment solution that may benefit your home is water softening. Softeners primarily target sediments, minerals, and metals in your home’s water supply. These systems are very helpful for families that regularly struggle with hard water content. Dense hard water content may be more than certain filtration systems are made to handle, but softeners can handle the challenge.
Benefits of Water Treatment Systems (by Type)
- Removal of harmless, but distasteful sediments (filtration)
- Neutralized metals, which stain clothes (filtration)
- Captured organic material (filtration)
- Kills biological hazards, such as bacteria and viruses (purification)
- Neutralizes or destroys potentially harmful chemicals (purification)
- Actively prevents hard water content and other sediment (softeners)
Picking Your System
Now that you’ve got a sense for the differences between the two primary forms of home water treatment, let’s step into finding your ideal solution. Keep in mind, not everyone has the same needs when it comes to water quality. Some homeowners, such as those with well systems, will be exposed to hazards that your family may never face. In determining your home’s needs, it’s recommended that you start with a water quality test to determine what impurities are currently present in your family’s supply. The process is fast and relatively hassle free, and you’ll have a little more peace of mind afterwards.
What is the Best Under the Sink Water Filtration System?
Should you discover that your home only needs limited protection, you’ll likely want to select an under-the-sink water filtration system. This will provide clean drinking water for your family, typically at a considerably lower price than a whole house solution. Some of the top brands include: CuZn, APEC, Woder, Aquasana, Filtrete, Doulton, and Nugen.
Whether you’re considering Nugen pure water systems or another familiar name, it’s crucial that your filter’s capabilities match the requirements laid out in your water quality test. After installation, you’ll likely notice your water tastes considerably better. No more nasty sediment flavor for your family!
What is the Best Water Purification System?
- “What’s the best brand?“
- “What is the best water purification method?“
- “How much does it does it cost to install a water treatment system?“
These are all questions that are difficult to answer definitively, because the answer relies on your particular needs. We’ll try to quickly answer them in a way that helps speed your search.
Some of the best reviewed brands on the purification market are Aquasana, Brita, Culligan, PUR, Crystal Clear, and Everpure.
If you are aiming for maximum biological contaminant protection, ozone systems are very effective at targeting these organisms. Ozone systems won’t always remove chemicals, but they do transform many dangerous contaminants into harmless substances. Ozone is also very useful for removing metals.
If you are looking for an extremely thorough purification solution, reverse osmosis may be your best choice. This type of system removes up to 99% of impurities (including harmless minerals) from your water supply. They will cost more, but they will also do more.
The bigger, the more expensive. There are whole house water treatment systems that go upwards of $4000. However, most homeowners will pay somewhere around $1700. That may be a considerable investment (and it probably won’t be covered by insurance claims), but it’s worth the additional protection for your family!
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