Water is life. Without clean, healthy water, we wouldn’t last long. And while most of western society is blessed to have running water in the home, that water isn’t always clean or healthy. Municipal water is declared safe to drink, but what many don’t know is that it often contains “acceptable” levels of contaminants such as lead and other toxins.
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What’s in Your Water?
Most Mississauga trust that the drinking water coming out of their tap is safe and healthy. The truth, however, is that if you get your water from a well or the city, it likely contains contaminants and chemicals that can be detrimental to your health over time. Here are just a few of the pollutants you can find in your home water supply:
- Sediment: Look closely at your water. Do you see visible particles like dirt, rust, sand, etc.? If you see particles in your water, you should consider a mechanical filter to remove them.
- Chemicals: Many city water suppliers treat their water with chlorine to kill bacteria, and so your water likely has an odour of chlorine when it comes out of the tap.
- Iron: There are two types of iron in household drinking water: Ferrous, which is dissolved iron, and Ferric, which is rust and gives your water a reddish/brown tint.
A whole-home water filtration system is the answer to eliminating these and other contaminants from your drinking water, making it taste better and healthier for your family.
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How do Whole Home Water Filters Work?
Before you decide whether a water filtration system is right for your home, it helps to know the basics of what they do and how they work. A whole-home water filter gives you clean, filtered water throughout the house, instead of just one fixture where you may have a filter installed. That means when you bathe, brush your teeth, do your laundry, wash your dishes or cook, you’re getting the best possible water. The filter cleans and decontaminates the water as it enters the home, so you only get fresh water throughout.
Water filters are simple devices and clean via a three-step process. The first step is called the pre-filter stage. This pre-filter removes large particles and contaminants such as sediment. Preventing sediment from entering your plumbing system is not only healthy for your body but your pipes too.
The next stage is called Rhino Filtration, which removes the chlorine and chloramines the supplier adds to your water. When chlorinated water comes into your home, you may think you’re safe by not drinking it; however, when you shower, the chlorine evaporates in the shower steam, and you breathe that in. The water then flows through activated carbon to remove the contaminants missed by the first two stages.
The third stage of filtration is called the post-filtration stage. The post-filter is the finisher and catches any remaining sediment or organic particles that might still be in the water.
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Tips for Maintaining Your Water Filtration System
As we’ve seen, a water filter eliminates most health risks, foul tastes and odours from your water. However, to keep your water healthy, you must maintain your water filter, and here are a few tips for doing that:
- Cleaning: You can reduce the buildup of minerals, dirt, and other contaminants by regularly cleaning your water filter. Wash the system with warm water and clean all of the elements. Do this about every week.
- Replace Cartridges: Your water filter should indicate when it’s time to replace the filter cartridge. Changing the filter when it’s time is crucial to keeping your system operating correctly and maintaining healthy and clean drinking water.
- Call a Pro: To ensure your water filter is running optimally and ensure there are no problems, it’s wise to call a professional plumber for an annual or semi-annual checkup.