Because of recent events in the news, people are more aware of the possible dangers for their health in water that comes to their houses from the municipal system. Homeowners want to know if they should have some type of water treatment system installed, such as a reverse osmosis filter, whole-house filter, or water softener.
The truth is that it’s difficult to say for certain if a home requires water treatment—and specifically what kind of treatment. There is no “on-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to water purification: you need to target the impurities present in your water, which can come from a variety of sources.
Signs in the home
Although some issues with your water will not leave noticeable warnings signs, many others can. Look at the turbidity (cloudiness) of the water, as well as unusual metallic tastes or sulfurous smells. Another important sign of issues with the water are stains and films left behind on fixtures and surfaces, and difficulty working up a good lather of soap when showering or cleaning the dishes. This often indicates hard water, which is common in city water systems.
The way to know for sure if you should have a water treatment system installation, and the type to have installed, is to schedule water testing with professionals. The water testers will take samples of the water from different fixtures around your home and then run it through a barrage of laboratory tests to see about alkalinity, pH levels, minerals, heavy metals, and other impurities. You’ll receive a complete rundown on what’s in your water and suggestions for how to counteract it.
Even if you don’t notice any problems with your home’s water, we advise you to have water testing scheduled every few years. This will help to uncover any hidden issues.