Do You Need a Water Filtration System?
Depending on where you live in the United States, and where you get your tap water from, you may need to invest in a water filtration system. A water filtration system helps filter out debris, particles, and other things in your water between the source and your taps. Let’s look at when you need a water filtration system, what it does, and how a plumber can determine if it’s the right fit for your home’s water.
So, Do You Need a Water Filtration System?
The first step to determining if you need a water filtration system is to have your water checked by a professional. A water-quality test will be able to determine the exact composition of your water and if you’re at risk with sub-par water flowing through your home. If your water doesn’t come from a public water system, having your water tested every couple of years is essential to ensure you’re getting clean water.
County health departments and private companies, including certified plumbers, can test your water quality. Depending on the results, you may want to speak to a plumber about installing a water filtration system to weed out the remaining particles and issues in your water.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having your water tested regularly under the following circumstances, in addition to if your water comes from a source other than a public water system:
- Repeat bouts of gastrointestinal illness
- Soaps don’t later, scaly residue builds up
- Water smells or tastes like rotten eggs
- Live near agricultural operations
- Live near gas drilling operations, including fracking
- Live near gas stations or underground gas tanks
- Live near landfill or junkyard
Once your water is tested, you can determine with the help of professionals whether you need a water filtration system installed. The results of the test will tell you what the quality of water is flowing through the pipes in your house and if it should be cause for concern. If it is, considering a water filtration system is paramount to the health and safety of all who live and visit your home.