Guide to home water improvement

Home water purity is important for any modern home. Having clean and safe consumable water running through your household plumbing, lowers the chances of falling ill. Many chemicals such as those used to disinfect water (chlorine), agro chemicals used in farms, industrial solvents and many naturally occurring elements can cause illnesses if ingested. Our public water systems have strict disinfection procedures. These procedures are in place to ensure that your home water is not contaminated by excessive concentrations of chemicals used in the sanitization stage. There have been reported incidences in the past of excessive fluorides being added to public water in certain towns; the result of which caused several cases of fluorosis and some fatalities. In addition, natural disasters have caused damages to public piping systems. Polluting compounds and particles enter public water systems in the wake of natural disasters such as weather storms and earthquakes. These various contaminants, washed up by water, use the leaks in the public systems to travel to residential homes. Because these public systems span large areas through water networks, contamination can occur at a distant place yet still be carried to your home undetected. With a method of early detection and removal of many harmful chemicals, homeowners can insure their home water from contamination. Today, many technologies are available that can be used to remove contaminating materials from your household water supply.

Faucet mounted filters are probably the most easily recognizable home water filtration devices used today. These filtration systems are praised for being affordable, reliable, and readily available. The most common compounds likely to be found in public water system can be easily removed by faucet mounted systems. These filtration units can be found in most super markets and well stocked hardware stores or home improvement stores for less than 150 dollars. Costs can vary however as different manufacturers use different filtering techniques. Activated carbon based filters for instance on average cost less than150 dollar as the manufacturing process for these types of filters is much lower in cost; reverse osmosis units on the other hand usually cost more than carbon systems. Faucet mounted filters also require minimum maintenance, typically requiring a filter cartridge to be bought on average twice a year. Some people may have higher filtration needs, for instance homeowners who live by the sea where their water is likely to have a high saline content. Other homeowners may rely on private boreholes and wells where the chemical composition of the water is likely to be very different from public water sources. For these types of circumstances, it may be better to invest in reverse osmosis faucet mounted systems for your home water.

Reverse osmosis provides a solution for high salinity and stubborn pollutants that would normally evade filtration by an activated carbon filter. You can find these type of systems as whole house units as well and not just as faucet mounts. In such installations, the filtration unit is normally used in conjunction with other technologies such as an activated carbon pre filter and an ultra violet sanitization lamp.