Everyone wants fresh water. It doesn’t matter where you live and whether you have city water or you have well water, you want to have access to fresh water out of the tap in your home. However, dozens of situational issues alter just how clean the water in your home is, which is why you might find yourself looking at water filtration systems for your home. This guide is designed to help you determine if now is the time to contact a plumber and talk more in-depth about such a system.
As mentioned, there are dozens of reasons why you might be looking at water filtration systems for your home. Maybe you have city water, but the piping in your home is old, and you think that metals are slowly infiltrating your water supply. A filtration system can help if the pipe decay is coming from the outside lines of your home. As a note, if the issue is coming from pipes inside of your home, it may be time to talk to a plumber about updating your home plumbing system.
On the flip side of things, maybe you have well water, and it is very hard and stinky, which is understandable and something that can happen. In this scenario, water filtration systems can be a godsend since they help eliminate the odor and the hard minerals so that you can once again enjoy taking a shower or drinking a glass of cold water from the tap. Your well water may be safe to consume and wash with, but that doesn’t mean you want to. In this situation, installing a filtration system can be a big boost to your overall quality of life.
These are just two of the many situations that may spur someone to look into water filtration systems for their home. Chances are, if you have found your way to this blog, you are already thinking heavily about installing some system within your home. You might be weighing your options between buying purified water, purchasing a filter for an isolated sink like the main kitchen sink, or investing in a system that will hit your entire home. All great options, but sometimes just going with the whole-house system is the right bet.
To help you make a final decision, we have created this helpful guide to water filtration systems designed to help you learn more about what this system is and how it works. Understanding what you are paying to install in your home can help you understand more if your home is a candidate. It can also help clarify some benefits of opting for one solution that will solve all of your problems in one fell swoop. Plus, some people think that these types of systems are difficult and expensive, but with the right plumbing company, they don’t have to be.
If installing filtration systems in your home is something you have ever considered in the past, take a second to read this guide. There is a good chance that it will speak to you and offer you information that might just push you over the edge. Keep in mind that if you do opt for a home system, it is always best to talk to a professional plumber for installation. Protect your investment, and ensure it is correctly installed so that you reap all of the benefits of your water filtration systems.
What Is a Water Filtration System?
To start, it’s useful to take a look at what water filtration systems are, and what they are not. Water filtration systems are designed to clean all of the water that enters a home. Therefore, they will not help with poor piping within the home. They do not use reverse osmosis or other processes to remove chemicals from the water. Therefore, they are not the same thing as water purifying systems. If you are looking strictly at purification, then you may need more than just a basic filtration system. However, due to how a filtration system works, some impurities will be removed from your water.
Water filtration systems depend heavily on filters to remove small and large solid particles from water. There is typically a filter medium installed in the system that only allows liquid to pass through, much like a sieve. Therefore, all solid particles are caught and then held back. There are different levels of filters and different levels of water filtration systems depending on whether you are purchasing the system as a homeowner, a farm owner, or an industrial business owner. These differences are one great reason to consult a Mansfeld, TX, plumber to ensure you choose the system that best matches your needs. They can walk you through the options and make sure the system that you choose is actually designed to meet the needs and daily water usage of the people in your home.
Usually, when water filtration systems are installed, they use thin film composites as a filter that is designed to not only trap small minerals but also to catch microscopic bacteria. The result is clean drinking water that you can feel good about cooking, washing, and drinking regularly. Due to how small the thin film filter is, all sediment and contaminants can also get caught, which can also help extend the lifespan of your water heater. Many people find their water heaters die and must be replaced because of sediment buildup- especially if you have hard water. A filtration system can prevent the sediment from ever getting into a water heater.
In addition, home water filtration systems often use activated carbon due to its magnetic properties. This allows it to pull out lead and other harder compounds from the water. In the end, there are some natural chemical reactions that occur due to the filtering system, and this can result in naturally lowered chlorine levels. Therefore, in the end, the system can make your water much cleaner to drink. All of these things together are why many people opt for the entire system.
How Is One Installed?
In most instances, water filtration systems should be installed by plumbers. The system needs to be integrated into the main plumbing system, which is something that should be only accessed by a plumber that knows what he or she is doing. It will affect your water supply and the overall quality of your water, so you want the system to be installed properly.
Plus, the longevity of your water filtration systems will heavily depend on how it is installed. A system that is properly installed will function better and will offer a longer lifespan. Most homeowners only want to deal with installation once, so it makes sense to hire a plumber to take care of the process. As an added benefit, when you allow a plumber to install the system then you have someone who is experienced to come out for maintenance or any issues that might occur down the road.
It is always good to have someone to call if something goes wrong, and choosing the plumber who installed water filtration systems will help protect your investment. Sometimes a warranty or guarantee that is attached to your system will only stay valid if it is professionally installed, so in the case of a mechanical issue, you will be glad that you can have your system replaced for a minimal fee versus finding yourself in a situation. Just a few more reasons to remember to call a local plumber if you are considering a filtration system.
This brings us to the next point, which is often the biggest question that people have when they start to look at water filtration systems: “Where is the system going to be installed.” Most people only have so much room in their utility closets, so it is a valid concern to know how much space a filtration system will take in your home. The good news is that it won’t take up that much space and can be fitted into most spots. Plumbers are good at finding areas where filtration can fit into almost any home.
One main plumbing line is responsible for bringing all water into your home. The whole house sediment filter will be placed near where it opens your home so that all water that comes into your home will have to pass through filtration systems before you use it. Then a water system that holds the water and further cleans it will be placed right after this filter. These are smaller than most people think and can filter water on demand. Then the water passes out into the home and wherever you are using water in your home. It’s a complicated process for the plumber but not for you as the homeowner, and one installation can bring you instant access to fresh water.
Top Benefits of Opting for a Filtration System
There are a lot of benefits that come with opting for water filtration systems within your home. To start, one of the most significant benefits is the fact that clear water will be accessible throughout your home and not just one faucet. If you have issues with the hard minerals being rough on your skin or your hair, this alone can be a great reason to look into a whole-house solution. Many people report skin irritation and that their hair goes limp or refuses to hold color because of hard minerals in their water.
Another benefit is the fact that you can finally stop buying bottled water. Many homeowners who do not have access to purified water will purchase bottled water on a regular basis, which can add up over the years. In fact, it is easy to spend hundreds on water if you are not getting any of your drinking water from your sink. Water filtration systems solve this problem by offering you a clear place to get drinking water.
As another benefit, you will help the environment since plastic water bottles are known to be a significant issue that is clogging up landfills. Even if you recycle plastic water bottles, millions are still polluting the Earth. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and also help improve your access to clear water for everybody in your home, investing in water filtration systems is the easiest solution. Think about how much less hassle it will be when you don’t have to worry about whether or not you have enough bottled water to get through the week when planning the weekly grocery shopping trip. The hassle-free experience alone is a reason to take a second look at a filtration system.
Finally, investing in a water filtration system is a great way to boost the overall value of your home. Most people do not realize that well water is a significant drawback when attempting to sell their home. By offering potential buyers access to clean water, you may have more people interested in purchasing your home, and you may be able to increase your asking price which is something that almost everyone can appreciate who has gone through the hassle of attempting to sell their home. When you look at these types of benefits, it only makes sense that you would want to go with the solution that offers the most immediate results.
If you are thinking about installing a filtration system in your home, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth. We will be happy to set up an appointment to talk about your options.
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