We often forget how essential water is to our everyday life. Water is the main ingredient in virtually everything we do from cooking and eating to showering and cleaning. Unless you have experienced issues, then we tend to forget that water quality matters to keep our homes and families healthy and safe.
Do you know the source of your home’s water?
Roughly 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities, while the remaining 15 percent of folks receive water from private wells or other sources.
If you rely on well water, then you are likely aware of ways to ensure water flows throughout the year.
If you rely on public water, then it is important to understand where your water supply comes from and if there are any impurities that could lead to risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we should be using purified water for basic home needs like:
- freezing ice
- making coffee
- washing our hands
- brushing our teeth.
However, water quality means more than health hazards.
Water may contain calcium and other mineral deposits that create hard water, which are frequent in towns throughout Connecticut. The mineral deposits can be harmful to your health and should be removed before use or consumption.
The good news is mineral deposits can be easily removed through filtration, which means all of the water used in your home from your dishwasher, washing machine, kitchen sink and showers will have pristine filtered water just like you would purchase from your local grocery store.
If you have any questions about your water quality, then SolvIt offers a FREE in-home water analysis to help ensure your family has the safest water around.
To help homeowners, here are some ways to help improve your water supply.
Things that Impact the Local Water Supply
The local water supply impacts your home water. This is pretty clear cut, so one way to improve your water quality is understanding the source of water and help protect the local environment.
- Do not discard garbage or yard waste down storm drains.
- Always dispose of pet waste properly.
- Use lawn chemicals according to instructions and do not apply before rain or watering the lawn.
- Leverage rainwater and direct downspouts to drain water onto your lawn and garden (and use rain barrels to collect rainwater for later).
- Include native plants in your garden to increase water infiltration and decrease lawn maintenance.
When you rely on public water, then be mindful of actions that may potentially add waste to the public supply. Public water companies go to significant lengths to provide safe water, but misusing public drains does not help.
Things that Impact Your Household Water
Common sense goes a long way to ensure safe home water. Generally, ensuring objects that contain water are clean are great ways to improve your water quality.
The Water Quality Association highlights the rationale.
“You can have the best water treatment in the world, but if you put clean water into a dirty container, it may no longer be safe or palatable to drink.”
Additionally, the WQA helps explain some simple solutions homeowners can take to help improve their water quality.
Clean Water Filters
Water filters do not work forever. To increase the lifespan of your filters (and save some money along the way), keep them clean.
Wash Water Containers
The main water containers that are used throughout the house should be cleaned regularly. Mix a few drops of dish soap with clean water and pour into water containers. Brush with a dish rag and rinse liberally to keep your water containers clean.
Part of improving water quality also means water conservation. Here are easy things to conserve water.
- Do not ignore damp water spots on ceilings and walls because these leaks waste water, but also may cause structural damage.
- Pay attention to musty odors or damp areas under sinks and appliances because leaks can easily hide unnoticed.
- Be aware of dripping faucets because these are easy and cost effective fixes, but also wastes water.
How a Water Softener System Helps Water Quality
Water softeners are designed to treat and get rid of hard water conditions by filtering out calcium and mineral deposits.
According to the WQA, using hard water in appliances such as water heaters can reduce efficiency by nearly 50 percent. Water softener systems remove the contaminants that product hard water, which will increase efficiency and save money over time.
Some of the benefits of a water softening system include:
- Brighter clothes and towels while using less detergent.
- Washing machine and dishwasher last longer with less mineral scaling.
- Cleaning-supply costs potentially reduced by 50-75%.
- No more hard water spots or etching on dishes, glasses or crystal.
- Water flow and pressure are improved by reducing buildup in pipes.
- Water heater efficiency is increased by less mineral scaling.
- Shower, tub, and sink cleaning is easier with less soap scum to remove.
- Mineral staining and discoloring is eliminated.
Water softeners remove minerals that cause hard water. These systems help contain costs because hard water leads to buildup in pipes that lead to murky water.
How a Water Filtration System Helps Water Quality
We rely on water to maintain healthy lives, so water filtration systems ensure that all of your home’s water is high quality.
Some studies have shown that you absorb more water into your body and bloodstream during a 10 minute shower than if you were to drink 56 ounces of the same water!
Water filtration systems help water quality because they remove contaminants from water prior to your family drinking or bathing. The main filtration systems include:
- Point Of Use Water Filters – remove lead from drinking water immediately prior to consumption.
- Countertop Water Filters – provide a steady source of clean, healthy water.
- Under-the-Sink Water Filters – serve the same purpose as countertop filters, except fit under any size sink.
- Whole-House Water Filters – provide cleaner and healthier water at every water source in your home.
At SolvIt, we encourage homeowner to take preventative measures to protect the value of their home and ensure the safety of their homes and families. Most homeowners think about preventative maintenance as annual checkups to check for any issues with their major appliances such as the furnace, water heater or air condition unit.
We tend to forget how much water matters.
Water is the critical component in most aspects of our lives, so we think it is pretty important to keep safe.
Plus, clean water helps keep those appliances working all year long as well!
No matter what the water condition problem is, SolvIt has the experience and skill to bring about long-lasting solutions.