What to do before picking out a water filtration system.

Have you had a chance to read our last blog yet? If so, then you already know why it is important to get your water tested and how to test it. We talked about how contaminants and bacteria are filtered out by your local water filtration facility, but other things can be picked up by the water as it is traveling to your home. Once you’ve had your water tested, you will have a clear understanding of what is in your water and you will also have the power to do something about it!

Which water filtration system is right for you?

Many people are under the misconception that all water filtration systems do the same thing, but the fact of the matter is that there are many different kinds of systems. The following is a list from our Granite City plumber of the three mains types of water filtration systems that you could choose:

  • Water Softener – If you have hard water, then your water contains a higher than normal level of minerals. Those minerals can dry out your skin, leaving a white film all over your faucets and cause unnecessary wear on your pipes. Water softeners work by replacing those minerals, like calcium and magnesium, with a different type of ion, most commonly salt.
  • Reverse Osmosis System – A reverse osmosis system is a very effective tool for removing many of the common contaminants that make their way into your plumbing, and they work by filtering your water through a semi-permeable membrane that only permits pure water to pass.
  • Whole-Home Filter – Whole-home filters are installed at your plumbing’s main point of entry into your home, and they provide basic filtration for your entire home’s water supply. A basic whole-home filter eliminates most particles, some biological pollutants and many contaminants.