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Benefits of a Home Water Purification System

Home water purification systems are worthy investments and depending on where you live, may be essential for healthy drinking water. Hundreds of contaminants are found in most municipal drinking water, even after it has been treated! Installing a water purifier or reverse osmosis system are the best ways to ensure that your drinking water tastes better and is better for you.

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While most hazardous contaminants are filtered out during the water treatment process, there are still traces of chlorine, copper, lead, and mercury. This is often due to the fact that water must pass through numerous pipes before leaving your tap, picking up contaminants along the way.

Additionally, many water delivery systems are outdated and can increase this contamination. A water purification system can help further treat your tap water before consumption.

What’s Hiding in Your Tap Water?

The chemical content of tap water varies, but most tap water contains traces of metal salts like:

  • Arsenic
  • Radium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • And more!

Water may also contain pesticides, nitrates, and other harmful pathogens that contaminate the water as it passes through pipes. Municipal water is typically treated with a number of chemicals to remove dangerous pathogens and bacteria on a large scale. These chemicals often include:

  • Chlorine
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Fluorosilicic acid
  • Aluminum sulfate
  • Sodium silicofluoride

There is also a risk for biological contaminants in your water, which are organisms commonly referred to as microbes. These microbes can be found in the form of bacteria, fungi, algae, viruses, and more! It is possible for them to cause various forms of illnesses and disease.

By utilizing a water purifier, you can significantly decrease your risk for contracting an illness from your water.

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The Importance of Testing Your Water

Because of the risk of exposure to many of these toxins in drinking water, it is important to test your water and then consider the benefit of a water filtration system.

Testing the water will give you an idea of the overall water purity by providing a parts per million (ppm) reading of the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) present in the water. A TDS meter will tell you the quantity of the Total Dissolved Solids present in your water.

Typically, tap water shows a reading of between 150 and 420 ppm.

Anything above 500 ppm is cause for concern and indicates that the water is probably not suitable for consumption. Once you’ve tested your own water’s TDS, consider an external water filter or a complete reverse osmosis system to further clean the water.

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Why Install a Reverse Osmosis System?

Installing a reverse osmosis system is one of the most effective ways to purify tap water. These systems rely on a semi-permeable membrane to filter out any contaminants larger than a water molecule. This method is able to catch a large quantity of contaminants passing through the pipes and into the filtration system.

The resulting water is cleaner and retains a purer taste than ordinary tap water. These systems can cost a couple hundred dollars to install, but for purer water they can be a nice addition to the home and ensures that the water you are consuming is safer and better tasting.

Contact Shamrock Plumbing to Install a Water Purifier

We carry a full line of high-quality and affordable water purifier systems that can be installed either directly onto your main water line or individually under the sink in specific rooms of your home or office. Better tasting tap water can be yours! Contact us today for a free estimate and we’ll answer all your questions about home water purification.

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