5 Reasons Your Home Needs a Water Filtration System
Have you noticed your water tasting a bit off? Maybe you can see a difference in your hair texture and strength. We challenge you to take a walk on the wild side and test your water to ensure there isn’t an overabundance of purifying chemicals.
Everyone likely remembers the 2014 water crisis in Flint, MI, which became a wake-up call to the rest of the country to be more mindful of their water. A year later, a Natural Resource Defense Council report found that nearly 77 million Americans got water from systems violating federal protections. This means that millions of people were drinking water that failed safety testing.
The good news is a home filtration system is an easy way to ensure your family has clean drinking water to preserve overall health and well-being. Our team at Merry Maids® cares about a clean home and clean water, so we encourage you to check out the benefits of a whole-house water filter system.
What Is a Whole-Home Water Filtration System?
A home water filtration system is a device that filters out harmful pathogens and particles from water, so it’s safe to drink, cook with, bathe in, and more. Some homeowners opt to install a filter for just the kitchen sink, so the water is safe for consumption, removing specific sediments and contaminants. At the same time, others have an entire system connected to remove pollutants.
Typically, unfiltered drinking water can contain:
How Much Does a Home Water Filtration System Cost?
The million-dollar question is, “how much does a water filtration system cost?” (We promise it’s not a million dollars.) The answer isn’t so simple because there are several types of systems, including:
Activated Carbon Block – If you’re interested in improving your water’s taste, smell, and look, you may want to invest in an activated carbon block. Water flows through activated carbon block pores to remove impurities in this filtration process.
Reverse Osmosis System – To remove these pollutants, water will go through four to seven stages of filtration, where pressure forces water molecules through a semipermeable membrane. Generally, reverse osmosis systems have sediment, carbon, membrane, and polishing filters.
Sediment Filtration – Sediment filtration systems are pretty straightforward as water is carried through a sediment filter, removing contaminants larger than five microns. A Brita® water pitcher is an inexpensive type of sediment filtration.
Distillation System – A distiller will heat water to a boiling point and capture the steam to be condensed as purified drinking water.
Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection – Water passes through UV light to kill microorganism cells and effectively sterilize the water.
A water filtration system can range in cost between $5,000 and $14,000, with reverse osmosis, UV disinfection, and distillation being some of the most expensive system types.
5 Benefits of Whole-Home Water Filters
Now that you’re aware of some of the filtration types available to you and a possible budget you should have before considering one, let’s talk about water filtration benefits.
1. Clean and Safe Drinking Water
We can’t put enough emphasis on the need for clean drinking water. It’s estimated that 785 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service. According to the World Health Organization, 485,000 diarrhoeal deaths occur each year due to contaminated drinking water. Safe and reliable drinking water is a necessity, not a luxury. You and your family can have safe and drinkable water for years with a water filtration system.
2. Better Tasting Food
Whether you consider yourself a master chef or a cooking novice, water is typically a base for many foods. When water carries pollutants, you can say goodbye to the notes of specific seasonings because all you’ll be tasting is contaminated water. A whole-home filtration system removes harmful sediments and chemicals and can actually enhance the taste of your food. Many major restaurants utilize this strategy, so it’s almost impossible to replicate the tastes of your fav local eatery without a filtering system.
3. Cleaner Clothes (And Soap Conservation)
Doing laundry is a staple for any efficiently functioning household. However, when water used during cycles has a high concentration of pollutants, it can render soap ineffective. This means you may have to increase the amount of soap used, costing you more to replenish your supply. Additionally, contaminated water can weaken clothing fibers and cause them to appear old and dingy. With the installation of a water filtration system, you can protect your clothing, save on the cost of laundry detergent, and get cleaner clothes overall.
4. Preserve the Longevity of Plumbing
Sediment buildup in drains can wreak havoc on your plumbing, resulting in cracks, corrosion, and burst pipes. Water full of pathogens can also adversely affect your water-using appliances, like your refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine. You can eliminate these potentially damaging effects, extend the life of your plumbing, and avoid expensive repairs by investing in a filtration system.
5. Eliminate the Cost of Bottled Water
In 2018, $31 billion was spent on bottled water. That number is staggering, especially when you consider that 25% of bottled water is actually just tap water in a bottle that may or may not be treated. Your money can be best used on a water filtration system, so you’re certain harmful chemicals are being removed from your drinking water.
Cleanliness is Our Business and What We Do Best
While cleaning water isn’t a talent we’ve mastered (just yet), we know a thing or two about keeping things clean inside your home. You can trust our team at Merry Maids to clean and disinfect your space from top to bottom. Whether you need a one-time, monthly, or annual cleaning, we customize our services to fit you.
Call (888) 490-4227 or find a location near you and request a free estimate today.