The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that 90% of the U.S. water supply is safe. Nonetheless, there are potential contaminants in tap water that can be harmful. Think about how much you use the tap every day for drinking, cooking, and showering. Potential contaminants include lead and radon, while there can be biological hazards as well. Not all the reasons to get a water purification system are health-related, but we’ll start there.
A water purifier:
Provides Safer Drinking Water
Contaminants may not be coming from your area. For example, unfiltered water may contain lead from the treatment plant; lead exposure is associated with various health issues. Barium is another metal that can be removed by some purifiers to protect you against organ damage.
Fluoride and chlorine are often added by treatment plants. These substances can aggravate skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Chlorine can affect the taste and smell of water; it and its byproducts have also been associated with colon, rectal, and bladder cancer.
A water purifier can remove these compounds. They can also remove any microbes that may be present, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Without purification, bacteria such as cryptosporidium and giardia can cause gastrointestinal illness. By drinking clean water, you can prevent some illnesses, boost your immune system, and help your body fight other diseases.
Point of use water filters such as distillers, reverse osmosis units, and filtered water pitchers can remove contaminants to protect your health.
Protects Your Plumbing System
Unfiltered water can have heavy metals, chemicals, and minerals that can damage your pipes and plumbing appliances such as your refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washing machine. Corrosive chemicals and mineral scale buildup from hard water can lead to serious damage and costly repair bills.
Point of entry water filtration systems such as water softeners and aerators can provide complete protection for your home.
Allows for Better Use of Soap
Filtered water enables you to use less soap to clean your body, clothes, and dishes. Untreated hard water is filled with minerals that reduce the effectiveness of soap. But a water filtration system avoids this and can remove soap scum and deposits on clothes, which can leave behind odors and cause rashes and other allergies. It also prevents soapy residue buildup on dishes, clothes, and in bathtubs.
Provides Better pH Balance
Tap water can be more acidic than you think. Acidity can be harmful to your body, but even a block carbon water filter can remove unwanted particulates that can contribute to water acidity. Your water can, therefore, be safe to drink and taste and smell better.
Avoids Using Plastic Water Bottles
Tens of billions of plastic water bottles are sold every year in the U.S. Most of them end up in landfills, rather than get recycled, and plastic bottles stay in the environment for a long time. A home water filtration system eliminates the need for bottled water. It also saves on the costs of purchasing bottled water, which can set you back hundreds of dollars a year; a reverse osmosis system can cost you less and is affordable to maintain with annual filter replacement.
Call Absolute Airflow for Your Water Filtration and Plumbing Needs
Our plumbers in Orange County provide water purification services including testing water and recommending the best purification products for your home. We can also professionally install home water purification systems. If you’re concerned about water quality and its potential impacts to your family, call Absolute Airflow today at 833-482-2626.