Whole House Water Filtration: Questions and Answers
Before getting a whole house water filtration system installed, it’s best to have all your questions answered! Here are some common questions we receive about these systems and water filtration in general:
- How do I know if there are contaminants in my water?
There are one or more contaminants in virtually every public water system. Your town’s water is treated to remove common contaminants, viruses, and bacteria. The only way to truly know what contaminants are in your water system is to get it tested. If you get your water from a well, the water is untreated and it may contain larger amounts of sulfur and iron. These are both harmful contaminants.
- Why should I get a Whole House filter?
These filtration systems are good because they filter the water as soon as it enters the house. As a result, all of the water that enters will be safely filtered for you and your family.
- What is hard water? Does it mean that it is contaminated?
No. If you have hard water it just means that it has higher than average amounts of dissolved minerals. Most water sources in Canada are classified as “hard” but are more than safe for consumption.
- What is the difference between hard and soft water?
Where hard water contains more than the average amounts of dissolved minerals, soft water has lower than average amounts of dissolved minerals. Soft water is not more dangerous than hard water, and it is not less dangerous than hard water. Soft water can still contain contaminants that need to be removed. One difference between the two is that the minerals in hard water can result in scale development in your pipes. It can also impact how long your appliances last.
- What are water softeners and why are they so popular?
To remove calcium and magnesium, or simply reduce the amount of these minerals, you can use a water softener. The effects of hard water will be eliminated because calcium and magnesium are lessened or removed. Water softeners typically have a carbon filter that works with the softener to get rid of chemicals. Softeners can’t remove contaminants alone, but when combined with a carbon filter can effectively soften water and then easily remove dangerous contaminants
- Are sodium-based water softeners bad?
There has been a lot of negative feedback regarding these softeners. Sodium-based just means that the water you drink and use has high levels of sodium. Lots of sodium in your water can lead to health problems, especially if you are already at risk for having high sodium levels.
- Do I need to have someone help me install the system?
It is important that a licensed plumber help you install a whole house water Filtration system. If you are unfamiliar with plumbing or filtration systems in general, you might improperly install a system. This means that your water might not be filtered correctly or at all! Plumbers can also cover damages that might result from a poorly installed filtration system so that you don’t have to pay for them. If you use a plumber, you don’t have to worry about the installation not being done correctly. This way you can rest easy knowing you and your family are drinking contaminant-free, delicious water!