Most of the time, the first thought we give to water is when something goes wrong with our plumbing. Like most things in life, though, it’s better to be proactive than reactive.
You may have considered installing a water treatment system. This can be an excellent way to improve the quality of your water by removing harmful and unhealthy substances.
But how exactly do these systems work? Which one is best for you?
We’ll discuss below the different ways these systems impact your water’s quality.
Improving Water Quality with Water Treatment Systems
The first step in selecting the best option from the different water treatment systems available is to have your local plumbing experts analyze your water.
Depending on what is found – lead, bacteria, nitrates, aluminum, ammonia, and/or viruses – you can then make the best choice for your particular situation.
1. Activated Carbon Filters
Activated carbon filters – the same technology is also used in air filters – utilize porous sheets of carbon which absorb larger particles such as dirt and sediment from your water. In addition, substances such as chlorine will be removed which means your water will smell better.
2. Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis systems use a series of three cartridges: the first one is a carbon filter to remove large particles, the second is an osmosis filter which removes tiny particles, and the third has another carbon filter to capture anything still present. This water is then kept in a storage tank until used. Then, it passes through one more inline carbon filter for a last round of cleaning. The result is water which smells and tastes incredibly fresh.
3. Water Ionizers
Water ionizers raise the pH of water through electrolysis. Water flows over electrically charged plates which separate it into acidic and alkaline streams. In theory, this produces softer water, but there is some controversy as to the actual health benefits achieved.
4. Ultraviolet (UV) Filters
A UV filter doesn’t actually “filter” anything out of water. Instead, a UV light in your water line destroys living organisms such as bacteria and viruses. Its effectiveness is measured by the strength of the light as well as the length of the UV exposure.
These filters will typically be used in conjunction with activated carbon filters because the presence of too many large particles will shield organisms from the effects of UV light.
5. Infrared Filters
Like water ionizers, infrared filters also soften water. In this case, however, water is negatively charged using light and heat. These filters are particularly effective in areas with hard water.
Water Treatment System Installation
While water treatment systems aren’t necessarily complex, their installation can be tricky and is best left to professionals with the right knowledge and tools. When you make the decision to install a water treatment system in your home, our trained technicians will make sure the job is done correctly and you have the water quality you expect.
Contact Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain for plumbing services in Rio Rancho, NM, today!