Everyone should have access to clean potable water, which is why well water and municipal water supplies alike undergo treatment. At a municipal water treatment plant, water goes through several processes, including filtration, sedimentation, and disinfection. Unfortunately, these processes do not always filter out every potential contaminant. This is when a whole-home water treatment system becomes necessary.
Sometimes, the steps involved in community water treatment allow a few contaminants to escape into the water pipes. Additionally, the water that reaches your faucet may pick up minerals or additional contaminants on the path to your home. And many people are sensitive to the chlorine often used in treatment. You may need water testing to better determine which water treatment system can help solve the problems present in your water supply, but we’ve listed a few here for your reference.
- Water Filter – A whole house water filter can eliminate more of the contaminants most common to your area, including bacteria and viruses, depending on the size of the filter.
- Reverse Osmosis System – A whole-house water filter may not be sufficient to remove some smaller particulates, chemicals, and some microorganisms, but a reverse osmosis system is highly effective. This is different than the typical carbon filter. A reverse osmosis system contains a thin membrane which allows only water to pass through.
- Water Softener – A water softener is not intended to improve the taste or safety of your drinking water, but it does help to protect your pipes from hard water. Hard water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium which leave behind deposits and damage pipes. In a water softener, a small amount of salt replaces the minerals.
Still not sure which water treatment system is best for you? Speak to the At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air water treatment experts for water testing in Salt Lake City, UT.