The ordinary water we use contains many contaminants, which can cause some issues, like health problems, bad taste and smell, and discoloration. And if the water quality is poor, it can cause damage to our property. Therefore, we have enough reasons to purify our water before drinking or using, no matter where you are. In this post, we will discuss several ways to deal with water.
Even if tap water has been treated by water treat plants, it also contains some contaminants which can cause some problems on our property. Because of some exceptions, we can do nothing. And if we don’t purify water ourselves, there is a big risk. For example, lead contamination happened in the municipal system. Even if the water from the water treat plant is good, it may be contaminated in the pipes.
Therefore, the first thing we need to do is to evaluate the pipes. If you find noticeable changes in taste and color, it means there are some problems related to the pipes. If water pressure changes, it also means a sign of problems. Corrosion is a common problem, which can cause partial blockage in the pipes. And we also need to check the exterior of the pipes to find leaks.
If there is any problem related to the pipes, pipe repairs are required and you can do it yourself. In most situations, you need to hire a professional to do it for you, because you are not an experienced plumber.
Well water also contains many contaminants. The first thing is to know what types of contaminants in it. You’d better have the well water tested. If the water is of high quality, you need to investigate other problems, like leaks. If there is a chemical imbalance, a water treatment method is essential.
You may use a water pump, so you also need to check it to look for leaks or cracks. These problems can result in seals failing, which means water is easy to be contaminated with sediment and dirt. If any problem is founded, you need to hire a professional.
Water Filtration Systems
No matter your water is well water or tap water, a water filtration system can help to purify your water by removing contaminants in the water. On the market, there are many types of water filtration systems. Depending on which type you choose, the cost is different. For example, if you only buy a faucet water filter, it only costs you about $20. If you invest in a whole house water filter, you may need to pay more than you can imagine. Well, choosing which type of water filtration systems also depends on how serious the water issue you have. Nowadays, more and more people tend to invest in an advanced water filtration system.
If you don’t know how to choose a water filter, you can ask some professionals for help.
Whole house water filters can offer you filtered water for whole house, because they are installed on the main water line. Therefore, it can offer filtered water anywhere in your house. Of course, whole house water filters have many types. Some of them are only pre-filters that help to remove dirt and sediments in the water, while others are the main system. The former is very cheap and you need to install other water filters to furtherly purify water, while the latter is much expensive but you don’t need to install other filters. In most situations, you need to hire a professional plumber to install such a system for you.
If the water is also good but its taste, odor or color seems objectionable, a point-of-entry water filter can do the job. It is installed on the cold-water line coming from your refrigerator or sink. Point-of-Entry filters tend to be small and the installation is not complicated. With basic DIY skills and some tools (like a wrench and pipe cutter), you can easily install it. Like faucet filters, refrigerator filters and showerhead filters, they are all point-of-entry filters.
Reverse Osmosis Systems
Actually, reverse osmosis systems are point-of-entry filters, because they are mostly installed under the sink. However, they are also different because of their different filtering process. They make the water pass through their semi-membranes to remove contaminants. Large contaminants cannot pass the membrane, so the process is called reverse osmosis. The installation is a little complicated, so you’d better hire a professional to install it for you. Ever 6 to 12 months, you need to change their filters to make it work properly.
Water distillers are not water filters. They use another different water to purify water. They remove water from contaminants by distillation. They use a heat element to heat water, and liquid water will become steam and rise. Finally, steam will be condensed into liquid water again. And water distillers are so easy to install. They are just a kind of appliance and anyone can easily use it.
The Bottom Line
We need to drink water every day and the water quality is so important to us. If you have any concerns or questions about the quality of your water, you’d better drink distilled water, purified water, bottled water or boiled water. Of course, you can test your water with a water testing kit. And the testing result can decide which type of water treatment methods you need to choose.
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