Water Filtration Specialists | Water Filtration System Arlington
While the U.S. has drinking water supplies that are among the safest in the world, the potential for contamination is always present. Once contaminated, sickness and disease from bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, Hepatitis A, Giardia, and others can occur. The desire to assure clean drinking water is the top reason homeowner’s purchase a water filtration system in Arlington. Contact Benjamin Franklin’s water filtration specialists today, for water filtration system installation.
Due to the risk of contamination, public water systems use various methods of water treatment to provide safe drinking water for communities. Not all water treatment facilities provide filtration, and other treatments prior to disinfection. Disinfectants such as chlorine and chloramine are added to kill contaminating bacteria, parasites, cysts, and viruses.
However, even with treatment, water can may still contain contaminates resulting in illness. One of the top reasons homeowner’s choose to install a water filtration system in Arlington is to assure clean, great tasting water.
There are a variety of reasons for installing a water filtration system in Arlington, and the most common include:
- Remove specific contaminants identified in a water analysis report
- To ensure the safety of a family member with illness, disease or compromised immune system that causes susceptibility to illness
- To improve the taste of drinking water and remove odors
- To ensure water safety at all times
The Sources of Contamination
Drinking water in the U.S. typically originates from a surface source such as a reservoir, or from underground wells. Surface reservoirs are more susceptible to contamination than wells; however, any water has the potential to be contaminated. The sources of contamination are extensive, though the most common are due to the following:
The widespread use of chemicals is a source of groundwater contamination, and can contaminate reservoirs due to run-off after rain or flooding. Chemicals include products used on lawns and farms to kill weeds, insects and to fertilize lawn and crops, and other products. For example, nitrates in water, are due to the use of agricultural products.
Landfills are the locations where garbage is taken. They are required to have a protective layer on the bottom to prevent contaminated from leaking into ground water. Unfortunately, not all landfills comply, and even for those that do, once the material cracks, contaminates end up in the water table. Furthermore, landfills exist across the nation from the time when there were no rules, and decades later – substances can continue to leak into the water table.
The number of abandoned hazardous waste sites is known to be more than 20,000. The exact numbers are unknown, and what is known is that these numbers continue to grow. When leaks occur in stored containers at these sites, the contaminants drain into the soil, and underground water supplies.
On-site wastewater disposal systems do not connect to a municipal sewer system. Septic systems slowly drain away human waste underground through field lines at a slow, harmless rate. An improperly designed, located, installed, or maintained septic system can leak bacteria, viruses, and household chemicals into the groundwater causing serious threats to human health, and other problems.
It is estimated there are more than 10 million storage tanks buried in the United States. Over time, the tanks can corrode, developing cracks that result in leaks. Storage tanks can contain gasoline, oil, chemicals, or other hazardous liquids. Contaminates can leak out, draining through the soil, and into the groundwater, resulting in serious water contamination.
A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can provide you with the water filtration system in Arlington that you need to assure clean water.
Common Methods of Water Filtration
The two most commonly purchased water filtration system in Arlington are the carbon filtration system, and the reverse osmosis system.
Carbon filtration systems utilize carbon, which has a high capacity for trapping impurities. Two types of carbon filtration are available, activated carbon and block carbon filters. A carbon water filtration system in Arlington is extremely effective in removing contaminants such as chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, radon, and VOCs.
Reverse osmosis utilizes a semi-permeable membrane to filter impurities from water. Reverse osmosis is the most effective filtration system removing 99% of impurities. However, a carbon pre-filter is required to prevent damage to the reverse osmosis membrane when water is chlorinated. A number of systems utilize both carbon filtration and reverse osmosis providing a superior water filtration system in Arlington.
A water filtration system in Arlington are further divided into two categories, whole house water filtration, and point of use. Whole house water filtration is also called point of entry systems which are installed on the water main as it enters the home, filtering all water that enters for clean water at all taps and water using fixtures inside the home.
Point-of-use systems provide clean water at a single location, such as the kitchen sink for clean drinking water.
Water Softening System
High levels of minerals are detrimental to your plumbing and water using appliances, such as the water heater. Also called “hard water”, the two minerals typically found in hard water are calcium and magnesium.
These minerals can cause numerous problems with your plumbing in Arlington, including clogged pipes, unsightly build-up on faucets, showerheads, and toilets. In addition, hard water causes spotted dishes, and shortened water heater lifespan. It reduces the ability of soaps to lather and causes dull hair, and dry, itchy skin.
Water filtration systems are unable to remove dissolved minerals. Only a water softener removes the dissolved minerals in hard water by use of negatively charged plastic beads which attract the minerals.
If you are considering the installation of a water filtration system in Arlington, give our water filtration specialists a call. Our licensed plumbers serve Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.