From grocery trips to faucet repairs, better laundry to less plastic to recycle, carefully selected water filtration systems can affect so many areas of your family’s life. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth, we help you select the right system to meet your goals. Many of the benefits are simply what high-quality water in your home’s pipes naturally brings!
Our state’s water leads the nation as some of the “hardest” water around. That’s a good reason in itself to select from the variety of water filtration systems available. Neutralizing or removing the minerals that make the water hard is important to avoid the unpleasant effects and even plumbing damage that they can cause. Increasing water quality has other benefits.
Higher Standards for Your Home’s Lower Volume of Water
A smaller town typically gets its water supply from a nearby city, such as Fort Worth. Daily water use from the city’s sources amounts to hundreds of millions of gallons. Several hundred water main breaks can occur in a single month. Still, they keep the water flowing and process it to meet important standards. You can choose to raise your family’s standards, especially since your volume is usually hundreds of gallons per day. Though it might not happen often, considering the occasional problem with water main breaks and fire hydrant use allowing contamination is important as well. These are the situations often identified by a “boil water order,” requiring households to boil water they drink, just to be sure. Using water filtration systems appropriately can keep your standards up, even as water from city supplies or your well may vary.
Softener and Filtration Methods
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth, we’re very familiar with local water supplies and the filtration methods that we recommend reflect that. There are several kinds of water filtration systems for minerals, with some removing mineral content from the water while others neutralize its effects. Maintenance of each system varies, and some will still leave sediment and affect your laundry, but they’ll make a big difference as they reduce corrosion of your pipes and appliances. Having a clear conversation about your water filtration system priorities with our experts will help you find the right solution. You may decide that a more advanced method that uses activated charcoal or other technologies to remove more of the chemicals and contaminants is better. On the top of the list of water filtration systems is reverse osmosis, or RO, which provides a bridge for water to cross that leads up to 99 percent of contaminants behind. A water quality test can help you identify the current state of your water and guide your decision.
What Are Some of the Water Quality Concerns?
If you read the headlines, you may have seen suggestions that even rainwater isn’t pure anymore. Chemicals, particles, and other contaminants are in the air, soil, and water, all feeding into the public water supply where treatment priorities are applied. You can set your own, including the basic hard water issue that affects most homes in this state. It leaves behind scale in your water heater, coffee maker, appliances, and fixtures. It also leaves an itchy residue from showers and affects how soap works when you do your laundry. Stains on sinks and tubs are probably from minerals. It’s an excellent place to start in raising your water quality. Beyond that are VOCs, volatile organic compounds, agricultural chemicals, so-called “forever chemicals,” and many other by-products of daily life and industrial processes. Naturally occurring contaminants such as arsenic also find their way into the water, addressed to meet basic standards in the public water supply. With water filtration systems, you can remove or reduce them, and with reverse osmosis, pretty much close the door to them in general.
Why Reverse Osmosis (RO) Is a Bottled Water Favorite
If you look at the cases of bottled water you probably bring home or buy one by one through your day, you may see the term “reverse osmosis” on the bottle. It’s an alternative to spring water, which comes from protected springs and is filtered by the earth’s natural processes. Reverse osmosis water is the basic supply for medical and laboratory use, screening out contaminants by allowing water to be “absorbed” across a barrier. It makes great drinking water as well, and provides protection for all the plumbing and appliances in your home. Depending on your family’s needs, it might be the right solution, or you might choose more targeted water filtration systems based on your water testing results.
Covering All the Ways Better Water Simplifies Your Life
From showers and laundry to longer-lasting pipes and faucets, the basic hard water solutions pay off clearly in daily life. Reducing contaminants in other ways provides better quality water and less intake of unexpected and undesired substances as you hydrate, cook, and even brush your teeth. Your pets will also benefit, and you may even be able to use your tap water for aquarium fish. As you raise the level of your water filtration systems, you can even stop carrying cases or jugs of water home from the market, and recycling the bottles later. In our hot, active Texas summers, that can make a big difference!
With great filtered water flowing through your pipes and your body, things change for the better. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth, we know local water supplies and can help with testing and recommendations for your specific needs. We’ll explain installation and maintenance for the systems you’re looking at, and help you select one that will serve you well long-term. Our team is responsive and helpful with water filtration systems and so many plumbing needs. We’re here to help you enjoy life and relax. Before you have a glass of iced tea, call us and make your water better!
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