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Water Filtration—Your Options

Water Filtration—Your Options

Water purification is considered a necessity rather than a luxury. In the United States, 18 billion pounds of new toxins are released into the groundwater and atmosphere annually. As homeowners can’t control the quality of their tap water, steps must be taken to purify their supply! Water filtration systems, thus, protect homeowners and their families from harmful contaminants.

Here are your water purification system options:

Activated Carbon Filter

This is the most common household water filter. This filter uses activated carbon granules to attract and trap chemical impurities. Carbon granules are placed on the charcoal to boost the absorption process.

Although this water filter is used widespread, it does not remove common inorganic pollutants such as fluoride and nitrate and it is not ideal for homes with hard water substances like microbes and sodium.

Reverse Osmosis Filter

Reverse osmosis filters remove a large percentage of contaminants from your water supply. This filter works by forcing affected water through a membrane at a high pressure to only allow clean water to pass through. Reverse osmosis units additionally reduce the level of pesticides and chloroform in your water.

However, this system does not identify the good from the bad—removing essential nutrients from your water as well. Reverse osmosis filters are also not eco-friendly, so if you are looking for a sustainable water filter, this is not the purification system for you.

Ion Exchange Filter

Ion exchange filters are the best for softening water. By removing limescale, this filter makes hard water more digestible. The ion exchange replaces calcium ions with sodium ions, reducing the hardness of your water. However, this system does not remove bacteria as effectively as other purification options. What it will remove? Hard water spots on your plumbing fixtures.

Distillation Filter

This is the simplest form of purifying water. Distillation filters boil water to kill all bacteria in the supply as well as dissolved solids and organic compounds. This filter does not remove volatile solvents, so bacteria may recoil into the filter when it is inactive. This technology is slightly outdated; however, it remains effective.

For water purification system installation, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical at (717) 207-9952. We are here to help you establish a healthy home!

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