Water is life, yet drinking unsafe water can be harmful to one’s health and wellness. Therefore, you will need at least a basic or more standard water filter system.
Note that not every home needs a water treatment or filtration system. Also, water treatments or filtration systems cannot keep out contamination completely. However, you still need to take precautions and reduce the occurrence of water contamination.
Understanding why you need a home water treatment or filtration system will help you decide which type fits your needs, budget, and lifestyle. In this article, you will learn the reasons why you need water treatments. Also, you’ll understand the types, benefits, and disadvantages of different water treatments.
What is Home Water Treatment?
Water Treatment is a method of dealing with water impurities to make it safe for drinking. A Water Filtration system is a process of removing solid substances or particles from water that may be dangerous for human consumption.
In the right proportion, substances such as fluoride and chlorine, which help to prevent tooth decay, can keep water germ-free. As such, you cannot pick just any water treatment type or apply them incorrectly. You must learn the right water treatment to choose from.
How to Choose the Perfect Water Treatment or Filtration System.
- Identify your Water Source
When you know your water source, you will learn the contamination or substances you have to protect yourself from. Is it a private well or cistern? A public well? You can take a sample to the lab for testing. Ensure they test for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels, and other contaminants that may be common in your area.
If you detect changes in the color, odor, ph. of your water, get a sample of the water tested in a certified lab. Drinking contaminated is dangerous, especially to your clueless visitors, pregnant women, or children.
- Understand Why you Need A Filter
Sometimes, you may think you need home water treatment for the wrong reasons. For example, if you don’t like the taste of the water, it could seem like there’s something wrong with your water. The taste of your water doesn’t mean it’s harmful.
Instead, it could simply be the presence of disinfecting chlorine that changed the taste. Without disinfectants such as chlorine, your water supply will be full of harmful germs and contaminants.
Of course, if you find your water is arsenic, contains lead, or you have a weakened immune system, you need to get a filter system to keep your water clean and safe.
- Recognize your home, Budget, and Lifestyle
You need to know the type of filter you need based on your need, budget, and lifestyle. Knowing the specific water problem helps streamline the appropriate water treatment or filters to use. Is the water supply just for you, or many other people? What is the size of your home and how much water do you need per time?
- Water Filter Pitchers
This is a kind of water pitcher that is filled from the top with water. It’s the drinkable type that can also serve other personal use such as cooking. It is easy to use, install, and inexpensive. However, it has a different model with different pore sizes. You will need to constantly change the filter and it has a slow filtering capacity.
- Refrigerator Filters
This filter is inbuilt in most refrigerators. It supplies water through the refrigerator door and into the ice maker. It is very easy to use and automatically improves the taste of water. But, you have to replace it regularly.
- Faucet Mounted Filters
This filter system is connected to a standard faucet. You can switch it on and off in between filtered and unfiltered water. It is affordable, but it may not work for all faucets. It makes water flow slowly.
- Faucet Inbuilt Water Filter
As the name implies, it is inbuilt into the faucet before installation. You can also switch between filtered and unfiltered water. It is relatively expensive and needs installation by a professional plumber. We can help you with a seamless installation.
- On Counter Filter
This is also an integrated filter system. It needs installation and is relatively expensive. You can switch between filtered and unfiltered water based on your needs.
- Under-Sink Filters
This is a filter system that is installed under a sink that sends water to a specially installed tap. It can filter an enormous amount of water without taking counter space. However, it usually requires modification by a plumber to fit the home and is expensive.
- Whole House Water Treatment
Using this method means that the whole house water is going to be treated. This is required if you have hard water or VOC in your water. This is expensive and will need a plumbing modification. It will require regular personal maintenance.
As earlier mentioned, there is no one-fits-all water treatment or filter. You also have to consider your lifestyle. Do you just need a filter for personal use or need to get a fast or slow water filter? Choose a filter system that fits your budget.
Types of Water Filtration Systems
Also, there are water treatment devices that remove specific contaminants. Below are some of them:
- Activated Carbon Filter
This removes cleaning solvent and pesticides. It assimilates organic contaminants that cause taste and odor issues. It does not remove nitrates or dissolved materials.
- Reverse Osmosis Unit
The reverse osmosis unit removes nitrates, sodium, organic and inorganic compounds. It reduces the level of some pesticides and petrochemical. It removes foul smells and tastes. Please note that it does not remove all organic and inorganic contaminants.
- Ion exchange Unit
This treatment particularly removes minerals such as calcium and magnesium that give water a harsh taste or texture. It also removes fluoride.
There are so many other types of water treatment devices or filtration systems. However, these are some of the common types that can filter the most common water contaminations.
Don’t hesitate to call us for inquires, or schedule an appointment to know which filtration system is most suitable for your home or spaces.