The water you receive at home sometimes needs additional treatment. Whether it’s to remove heavy metals from the pipe distribution system or soften the water, at-home water treatment equipment is available. Here are some options for water treatment that might benefit your family:
Water softeners work by substituting sodium or potassium for the hardening minerals. They use small resin beads to facilitate the exchange. As water is softened, the beads must be regenerated to continue softening water. A cycle is carried out which replaces the calcium and magnesium ions on the beads with sodium or potassium. The water and removed hardening minerals are flushed down the drain. Water softeners thus consume water when regenerating.
Filters are used to remove various chemicals, heavy metals and pathogens as well as to improve the taste of tap water.
The type of filtration system you choose depends on what needs to be removed.
Types of filtration systems include activated carbon filters, ultraviolet (UV) filters and reverse osmosis.
Activated carbon filters improve the taste of water and remove particles like sediment and chemicals like chlorine. They also remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in the water. VOCs are toxic gaseous chemicals released from solids and liquids. Depending on the chemical and extent of exposure, VOCs can cause headaches, nausea or more long term illnesses.
Ultraviolet (UV) filters use UV light to kill bacteria and viruses responsible for gastrointestinal illnesses.
Most municipalities treat water to remove pathogens but if you're using well water or if you are concerned about your city's water treatment, having one at home may be necessary.
Reverse osmosis uses a membrane to remove particles from water, including molecules, particles and bacteria. The membrane is semipermeable, meaning that it allows some particles to pass through (like water molecules) while retaining larger particles (like bacteria). Energy is consumed to force the contaminated water through the membrane in order to purify it.
There are many options for home water treatment and there is no one type that works for all situations. If you need to assess your needs and available options, give us a call and we can help you get the right system to protect your family's health.
For more information, give Advantage a call at 405-533-2483.