Whole House Water Filtration System | Water Filtration System Arlington
A whole house water filtration system connects to the main water line entering the home, supplying filtered water to all fixtures. This provides the advantage of water being filtered before it enters the hot water heater and other appliances vulnerable to scale. If hard water is an issue that is damaging appliances, the water filtration system in Arlington can be combined with a water softener. When both components are combined to treat water, it is commonly called a water conditioner.
Types of Water Filtration
When selecting a water filtration system in Arlington, not just any filter will suffice. You need the system that is correct for the contaminants in the water provided to your home. In the following we will look at the most common types of water filtration system in Arlington and the benefits each system provides:
Carbon Water Filtration System
A carbon filtration system utilizes carbon to adsorb (as opposed to absorption) harmful natural and organic compounds, reducing the presence of these and other contaminants. Carbon filters reduce any odor or unpleasant taste and are very effective in providing clean, great tasting water.
Under the organics classification which includes VOCs, the EPA lists 32 chemical contaminants, such as benzene, carbon tetrachloride, dioxin, styrene, toluene, chloroform, and vinyl chloride. The actual list of contaminants is broader than expected under this list. For example, one of the items is “Total Trihalomethanes”; a category contains extensive chemicals numbering in the thousands, which are formed when water containing organic matter is treated with chlorine. Trihalomethanes are suspected carcinogenic and are present in virtually all chlorinated tap water. Carbon filtration is the recommended treatment for organics.
The two primary carbon filters are granular activated carbon filters and block filters. Activated filters are effective at removing chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other contaminants. Carbon block filters are the more effective of the two in removing a greater number of contaminants due to the larger surface area of carbon available.
The disadvantage of a carbon filter is its inability to remove heavy metals and dissolved solids. That type of filtration falls under Reverse Osmosis.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration
A reverse osmosis system uses a semi-permeable membrane. This filtration method removes a number of contaminates that are too large to move through the membrane, providing a very effective method of water purification. Reverse osmosis removes minerals and dissolved solids such as salt, lead, manganese, iron, and calcium carbonate. In addition, it removes some chemical contaminants such as fluoride, nitrates and pesticides, heavy metals including arsenic, copper and lead, biological contaminants such as bacteria, and viruses, and toxins such as radium and asbestos.
Disadvantages – Reverse osmosis is unable to remove contaminants with a molecular size smaller than the semi-permeable membrane it utilizes for filtration. These contaminants include chlorine and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), which can be present in municipal water systems. When used in conjunction with a carbon filter to reduce organic compounds it provides an extremely effective water filtration system in Arlington. There are a variety of membranes available on the market with varying sized pores for finer filtration when needed for specific water issues.
Using a water softener is another method for improving your water. A water softener removes the minerals that cause buildup in your pipes and appliances.
Well Water Treatment
Over 20 million Americans rely on private wells to provide water in their homes.
Municipal waters are treated in order to provide safer water to residents and businesses. The homeowner who relies upon well water can provide clean and safe water with the installation of a water filtration system in Arlington individualized to fit their waters filtration needs.
Maintenance of Water Filtration Systems
The water filtration system in Arlington will require periodic maintenance to operate effectively. Minerals and sediment can build-up and cause the water filtration system to fail. Refer to the owner’s manual to ensure you are operating the filter in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. You will need to replace filters, reverse osmosis membranes and other items on a periodic basis as recommended by the manufacturer.
In summary, there are a variety of water filtration options available, providing a solution to ensure clean water based on your specific water filtration requirements.
A whole house water filtration system will provide the clean, pure water that you desire. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing will provide an estimate and discuss our options for a water filtration system in Arlington with you. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.