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What’s Really in Your Water?

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While you may have already started to opt for bottled water or a pitcher filter for safer drinking water, your home water supply has more effects on your household than just your drinking water. Early morning showers, washing clothes, cooking dinner, and cleaning are all everyday actions that could benefit from cleaner and softer water. Even if your water appears clear and bright, its contents might surprise you.

From the Source to the Faucet

The water in your home undergoes a substantial journey long before you turn on your faucets. Your water begins processing at your local water company. In order to rid the water of harmful bacteria and viruses, water companies treat the water supply at its source with chlorine and ammonia before it ever reaches your spouts.

As the water starts it’s journey to your home, additional doses of ammonia and chlorine are added at designated stations to further protect against bacteria. However, after this constant influx of chemicals, the water entering your home will contain as much, if not more, chlorine as the average outdoor swimming pool. This further mixing of chlorine and ammonia can produce dangerous byproducts such as haloacetic acid, which in large amounts has been linked to cancer.

In addition to these hazardous chemicals, your water may contain a large amount of minerals. Water with this high mineral content is often referred to as hard water and is highly saturated with calcium and magnesium carbonates. As hard water runs through your home appliances, these minerals begin to build up, clogging and blocking your faucets, shower heads, water heater, and more.

There are a variety of water filtration and purification solutions out there, some of which target certain areas of concern. Some solutions Fayette provides are:

Carbon Filters

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A carbon filter works effectively to remove the chemicals, byproducts, and volatile organic compounds that are found in your water. By filtering out these elements, the carbon filter produces cleaner water for both you and your appliances. 

These chemicals being removed from your water can help reduce scaling inside of water heating appliances, which can further lead to an extended appliance lifespan and improved efficiency of the equipment. 

With cleaner tap water, your family can enjoy additional weekly savings without having to worry about purchasing, transporting, or disposing of bottled water.

Traditional Water Softeners

A traditional water softener works to remove the minerals from your hard water and transform it into soft water. With just one home system, a water softener quickly works to reverse the effects of mineral build-up. 

In fact, transitioning your home to soft water helps prolong the life of your dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, faucets, and pipes while also providing a healthier water supply for clearer skin, smoother hair, and cleaner, softer clothes. Soft water also reduces the cost of soaps, detergents, and fabric softeners since it produces more natural soapsuds than hard water.

Flow-Tech Home Systems

The Flow-Tech Home anti-scale system uses the highest quality materials to prevent scale and build-up in your water. While Flow-Tech has the same amazing health benefits as water softeners, it utilizes the latest technology to soften your water without the brine discharge and water waste of traditional softeners.

Benefits of Installing a Water Filtration or Softening System

Installing a water filtration or softening system offers several benefits for both homes and businesses. Some key benefits include:

  • Improved Water Quality: Water filtration systems remove impurities, sediment, chlorine, and other contaminants from the water, resulting in cleaner and better-tasting water.
  • Better Impact on the Environment: Using filtered and softened water can reduce the need for bottled water, which helps reduce plastic waste and environmental pollution.
  • Protects Plumbing Equipment: Water softening systems remove minerals like calcium and magnesium that cause scale buildup in pipes, faucets, and appliances. This helps extend the lifespan of plumbing fixtures and other equipment. 
  • Less Soap and Detergent Usage: Softened water lathers more easily and requires less soap, shampoo, and detergent to achieve the same cleaning results. This can lead to cost savings and reduce the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
  • Softer Skin and Hair: Softened water can make bathing and showering more pleasant by reducing the effects of hard water on skin and hair. It can help prevent dryness, irritation, and dullness, leaving skin and hair feeling softer and smoother.

Are you ready to reap the benefits of filtered soft water? Our plumbers are available to perform a thorough in-home water testing service to help you decide which system is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your in-home water testing service and start the process of obtaining clean drinking water for you and your family!