If you have a newer home, you may already have a complex system of water filtration. If you do not, you can still get effective water filters to improve your water’s quality and taste. Here’s how to know if you should beef up your water filtration, and how to do it.
Do I Need Water Filtration?
Older homes are not typically built to filter the water that comes through to your taps. You can often retrofit your plumbing system to filter your water as needed, by attaching filtration system to faucets and appliances that use water, like your dishwasher or refrigerator. The water coming through your taps contains a number of beneficial minerals, but it could carry contaminants or bacterial organisms that may cause infection. Although water treatment plants work to filter out the worst poisons, certain parts of the country are worse than others about civic water filtration.
When Should I Get Better Water Filtration?
There are obvious signs that you need to increase your home’s water filtration. Use your senses to get a feel for your water needs. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your water run clear, or does it seem to have particles in it?
- Does it have a foul or metallic odor?
- Do you need to add flavors to your tap water in order to be able to drink it?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you could almost certainly benefit from improving the filtration in the plumbing for your Sacramento home.
Water Filtration Types
You have many options for water filtration in the home, and they vary widely in price and involvement of your home’s plumbing. The most basic forms of water filtration have you pour water from the tap into a container that houses a water filter. The next step up involves the attachment of filters to faucets in sinks or bathtubs. These systems are ideal for homes that will not accommodate a filtration system for the entire home. Your dishwasher and refrigerator with built-in icemaker or water dispenser also use water filters. If you want top-notch filtration for all the water in your home, consider a whole house water filter. In some cases, these water filtration systems can be built in with a water softener, if that is a service you also want to have.
Maintaining Water Filtration Systems
The filtration system you select is only as good as the filters you purchase for it. Whether you pick a faucet water filter or whole house filtration, there is a filter that you must replace on occasion. Most systems call for filter replacement every 6-12 months, but you may need to replace it more or less often depending on your use. If you do not replace the filter, it will decrease the quality of filtration.
Water filtration can improve the color, odor, taste and overall quality of your water. To learn more about filtration systems that work with your home’s plumbing, contact us at Ace Plumbing.