Clean and safe drinking water is crucial for our health and well-being. Even if your water comes from a municipal source, it may still contain impurities that can affect its taste and quality. That’s where water filtration systems come in. On this page, we’ll take a closer look at what water filtration systems are, why they’re important, the different types available, and how Priority One Plumbing & Heating can help.

What are Water Filtration Systems and Why Are They Important?

Water filtration systems are devices that remove impurities and contaminants from your drinking water. These impurities can include sediment, bacteria, viruses, chlorine, lead, PFOA/PFAS and other harmful chemicals. Water filtration systems are important for several reasons. First and foremost, they can help ensure that your water is safe and healthy to drink. This is particularly important if you have a well or if your municipal water supply is known to contain contaminants. Water filtration systems can also improve the taste and odor of your water, making it more enjoyable to drink. In addition, water filtration can extend the life of your mechanical equipment by avoiding the accumulation of sediment and build-up of scale in your household plumbing appliances, such as your water heater, dishwasher, laundry machine and even your coffee machine. When sediment and scale builds up in these appliances, it can cause the appliance to clog and can corrode fixtures, piping and valves. Lastly, water filtration systems can reduce the need for bottled water, which is not only expensive, but also contributes to plastic waste in the environment. By filtering your water at home, you can help reduce your environmental footprint while enjoying clean and safe drinking water.

Different Types of Water Filtration Systems

There are many different types of water filtration available, each with its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

These systems are often available in both point of use and whole house models. Point of use models might treat water at one fixture, such as a kitchen sink, or filter water right before an appliance, such as a tankless water heater. These can be less expensive to install and maintain. Whole house models treat water throughout the home, allowing you to know all of your water is safe and healthy.

Some of the different styles of filtration/water treatment include:

Sediment filters help to capture sediment in water, such as sand, rust, dirt and silt. Although these particles may not be visible, they are almost always present in unfiltered water and can build up inside of appliances.

Hard water contains high levels of dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Water softening is the process of removing these dissolved minerals from your water. Soft water can help to prevent the build-up of scale inside of pipes and appliances, such as hot water heaters, extending the lifespan of your plumbing and appliances. It can also prevent mineral spots and soap film on glassware and fixtures. In addition, soft water is better for your skin and hair.

These systems use activated carbon to remove impurities from your water. Carbon filtration systems are particularly effective at removing chlorine, volatile organic compounds (VOCS), pesticides and insecticides. They also have a positive influence on the taste and odor of water. 

Reverse osmosis systems use a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities from your water. These systems are highly effective at removing contaminants like lead, fluoride, and arsenic. There are also reverse osmosis systems with remineralization options, to add back the minerals that are good for you and contribute to the taste of water.

These systems use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and viruses in your water. UV water purification systems are highly effective at eliminating harmful microorganisms.

What are the next steps?

At Priority One Plumbing & Heating, we don’t take a cookie cutter approach to installing water filtration in your home or business. Just viewing your town’s water report does not always provide the necessary data to make an informed decision about the water filtration system best suited for you. Many contaminants can be picked up between the source and your property and others may be diluted.

At each property, we take a water sample and send it to an independent lab for testing. With this report, we can provide options that tackle the specific contaminants present in your water. From there, you can decide which options best meet your budget and goals.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you enjoy clean and safe water in your home.

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