Are you considering a whole-home water filtration system? You have good reason: Tap water is contaminated. That term doesn’t necessarily mean water is unsafe. In fact, annual Drinking Water Quality Reports from Southwest Florida utilities continually rate high.
However, contaminants like arsenic, nitrate and chlorine are commonly noted in annual reports. Although measured levels can be less than 1 part per million, the contaminants are still present.
There is only one way to guarantee that your water is pure – invest in a whole-home water filtration system. Water filtration systems can remove up to 99% of contaminants from water. Potential contaminants include chlorine, lead, mercury, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial pollutants and microbial cysts.
Pro-Tec Plumbing & Drains has installed hundreds of whole-home water filtration systems across Southwest Florida. Residents often ask why they should install a water filtration system. Here are five reasons:
Health and safety
The federal government requires utility companies to meet certain standards for potable water. All Southwest Florida utilities score well. However, what comes out of your faucet isn’t necessarily pure after traveling through miles of underground pipes. Utilities also face the occasional water main break and issue boil water orders. Unfortunately, not everyone receives that notice in time. A whole-home water filtration system offers guarantees that water is purified just seconds before it fills your cup, sink or shower.
Damage on the way out
Minerals and chemicals help make drinking water safe for human consumption. That doesn’t necessarily make it safe for appliances and plumbing. Appliances that use water – dishwashers, hot water heaters, washing machines and refrigerators – have pipes and metal parts that can become corroded over time. Limescale and mineral deposits are a common problem in Southwest Florida. Water filtration systems eliminate those problems before they enter your home.
Financial savings from a whole-home water filtration system
Financial expert Suze Orman once compared Americans’ coffee-drinking habits to flushing $1 million down the drain. That statement may have exaggerated the number, but the same could be said about bottled water.
Research from the Beverage Marketing Corporation found Americans drank an average of 43.7 gallons of bottled water in 2019. That’s 331 bottles of water at the standard 16.9-ounce size! Expenses rise quickly even when buying in bulk. For a family of four, eliminating bottled water purchases could save enough money for a month’s rent, car payments or a weekend vacation.
Helps the environment
All of those empty plastic Zephyrhills, Aquafina and Dasani water bottles must end up somewhere. Although Collier and Lee counties have robust recycling programs, not everyone discards their water bottles in recycling bins. Millions of water bottles come to their final resting place along roadways, parks, canals and oceans. That poses a constant threat to wildlife.
Additionally, bottling companies need to use a variety of chemicals to manufacture water bottles. Researchers continue to study long-term effects of those toxins on our bodies.
Individuals with certain skin conditions, like psoriasis or eczema, often feel itchy or notice red spots after showering. Although their water is technically safe, it contains low levels of chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin. Home filtration systems produce water that is “smooth” to the touch. That leaves skin soft, as well as clothing after a wash cycle.
Whole-Home Water Filtration Systems
Whole-home water filtration systems are popular because they connect to your main water supply. That means every faucet, shower and appliance is using the purest water possible.
Some homeowners opt to connect a water filtration system to a single water source. Usually, that’s the kitchen sink, which provides purified water to drink, cook and wash dishes. Other residents have installed water filtration systems in their showers to bath in smooth, pure water.
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