Many cities around the world are doing a great job as far as water treatment is concerned. However, the water they supply still contains impurities and chemicals that contaminate water, making it unsuitable for drinking, cooking, bathing or even washing clothes. It is advisable that homeowners in Emmaus, PA and surrounding areas install a water conditioning system, such as a water filter, since the water in the area has a hardness level of 14-20 grains per gallon which is considered very hard. Regardless, homeowners in general should install water treatment systems in their homes to help improve the quality of water that they use. The best way to do this is through installation of whole house water filters.
Common Types Of Water Contaminants
Hard water contains toxic metals, such as arsenic, mercury, lead, chromium and barium among others. In some places, water may contain radioactive elements due to radioactive decay of uranium in the soil or rocks. Hard water also contains microbial pathogens, which can cause diseases. They include; parasites, viruses and bacteria among others. Due to environmental pollution, water may also have chemicals, such as Trihalomethanes, which are produced when the chlorine in treated water combines with organic matter. Fungicides, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides are also common water pollutants. The main contaminants in hard water are calcium and magnesium salts, which build up in water supply pipes and can cause lime deposits to form in appliances.
Water Purifiers VS. Water Filters
Many homeowners do not know the difference between a water filter and a water purifier. Most of them think water purifiers are better than water filters. After all, purification sounds like a more thorough process than simple filtration. To make a well-informed decision, homeowners need to know the difference between the two.
Water filters are designed to remove all manner of contaminants, including; hydrogen sulfide, chromium, copper, nickel, lead, mercury, magnesium, chlorine, iron and more. A decent filter can remove all these impurities or at the very least reduce their concentration. Water filters can also prevent microbial pathogens from developing any further. The good news is that viruses and bacteria, among other types of pathogens can easily be dealt with at the municipals water treatment plant, and the chances of further contamination along the water supply pipes is minimal.
Water purifiers differ from water filters in that they remove all microbial pathogens from water. After passing through the water purifier, water will be free from biological contaminants and viruses. However, water purifiers cannot remove chemical contaminants, which are the most harmful. Chemical contaminants are the main concern today due to all the water pollution arising from misuse of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides as well as discharge of industrial waste into rivers and lakes.
How To Protect Your Family
To ensure your family gets cleaning water to drink, bath, wash dishes, cook and do the laundry, you may want to consider installing a whole house water filter. The filtration system should be installed at the main water entry point to the house. This means all the water that comes out of your faucets, shower heads, toilet flush or gets into the laundry machine will be free of chemical contaminants. As a result, you will have healthier skin, long lasting clothing and extended lifespan of household appliances that use water. If the city’s or municipals water treatment system malfunctions, you can be assured of getting clean water in your home.
Having a water filter in your home will majorly impact the health of you and your loved ones. Water is used for cooking, bathing, washing clothes, and most importantly, drinking. A whole house water filtration system can give you the peace of mind that your water is clean. For any questions that you may have on water filters or for any plumbing problems, be sure to contact Robinson Plumbing. We can get your water to be clean and healthy. Our plumbing services are offered in Emmaus, Macungie, Alburtis, Pennsylvania and all of the Lehigh Valley.