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Do you know what’s in your water?

Posted on: July 13, 2012

Chemicals and other contaminants in the water are a common thread among sci-fi movies. And while the water in the Maryland and Washington, DC area isn’t exactly life-threatening, it’s no secret that it’s not as clean as it could be! The EPA has a list of common contaminants found in drinking water, which include disinfection byproducts and disinfectants, inorganic and organic chemicals, and more. Again, the strict drinking water standards we have in place are designed to make sure these things never reach dangerous levels, but for people who want the absolute purest water, even a little bit may be too much. So what can you do about it?

Water Treatment Options

For people who want the purest water they can get, there’s good news – there are a number of different water treatment options available, and they’re all designed to reduce the contaminant levels in your water to almost zero. The most common methods of at-home water treatment are:

  • Water Filtration
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Water Softening

Water Filtration – if you’re looking for water filtration, there are a couple of ways you can go about it – specifically, point-of-use and whole house water filtration. Both do basically the same thing, passing water through a filter that catches any of the bad stuff before it gets to you. The difference is point-of-use water filters are installed right at the sink, shower, or other water dispenser, meaning you’ll only get filtered water from that one spot. Whole house water filters, on the other hand, are installed right at the point where water enters your home, giving you clean water throughout the entire house.

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Reverse Osmosis – reverse osmosis is still an up-and-coming home water treatment method that’s extremely effective at reducing total dissolved solids (TDS) as well as arsenic, lead, organic chemicals, and chemicals associated with unwanted colors and tastes. RO systems work great on their own, and when combined with a water filtration system they can provide almost 100 percent pure water.

Water Softening – while not commonly used specifically as a water purification technique, water softening is often used by people who have hard water. Water softening, or ion exchange as it is also called, is a method of removing minerals such as calcium and magnesium, as well as inorganic pollutants, from the water. Water softening basically works by replacing these minerals with salt, which means the water may have a salty aftertaste and may not be great for drinking. However, the effects of hard water on appliances, particularly sinks, showers, and hot water heaters, are damaging enough that water softening is often worth it.

If you’ve been having problems with hard water, or if you just want to have water that’s as clean as it can get, call James A. Wheat & Sons! We can install a water filtration system or a reverse osmosis system, or we can soften your water so won’t have to worry about hard water problems anymore. Fill out our online form or give us a call today!