We rely on water flowing freely to our homes for drinking, bathing and cleaning. Either tap water or well water, we expect clean water flowing everyday. Yet, we take water for granted. Across the country, we continuously learn about dangerous water. So how can we take the initiative and understand our water management in our homes?
First and foremost, we must learn more about the basics of water treatment.
Why water treatment?
Water treatment improves water quality by disinfecting and purifying untreated ground and surface water. Essentially, water treatment enables us to have safe, clean water in our homes.
For example, if you rely on municipal water, then your town has a water treatment facility. The plan collects natural water and processes it into consumable water. Typically, raw water is obtained from an underground aquifer, such as wells, lakes, rivers or reservoirs.
Water Management Step 1: Understand Your Home Water Quality
Regardless of the source of your home water, it is important to understand the quality. Although water is processed and adheres to local and federal regulations, there are still impurities. Also, hard water occurs naturally in roughly 85% of the country.
Hard water is a natural result deriving from minerals accumulating in the water. Minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, are in all around us. These minerals are contained in things such as chalk, limestone, and marble. In fact, most of the underlying elements of our planet are made from limestone and is the underlying cause of hard water.
Hard water can be tough on your home, skin and wallet and impacts our health due to the reduction in overall water quality. The tell-tale signs include things, such as:
- water spots on dishes or glasses.
- soap scum in the shower and sink.
- dulled hair and clogged pores.
- scratchy or hard clothes after doing the laundry.
- increased difficulty in household chores.
- reduced water flow and pressure.
Why start your water management work with with understanding your water quality? In order to develop a plan, you need to understand the root causes of any issues.
To help, SolvIt offers a free in-home water analysis and proposal.
The proposal provides options to create a custom water treatment solution that’s right for you. We provide our water quality solutions to our local service areas.
Additionally, SolvIt partners with Costco across Connecticut to offer water treatment services at local stores. We provide Costco with staff members who have professional training and experience working with drinking water systems so that you have an expert to consult in the store, and we offer installation and maintenance services for Costco members who buy a water treatment system.
Water Management Step 2: Add Filtration
There are various types of water filters, which are used for different reasons, such as providing clean drinking water. For example, some appliances, such as refrigerators, are designed with water filtration features that include filtered water or ice.
Water filtration refers to any system or process that removes particles and/or pollutants from water. For example, water filters remove impurities in the water. Frequently, the impurities may be a result of hard water, but may also be due to other conditions.
Whether your home has hard water or other environmental factors are in play, it is important to understand the specific solutions that can improve your overall water quality.
It may be time to add filtration to your water management solutions if you experience any of the following:
- tap water doesn’t taste or smell good.
- water doesn’t lather properly when mixed with soap.
- your water leaves scale or spots on surfaces.
- laboratory tests completed and you aren’t sure how to solve the problems.
Water seems simple, but is fairly complex to diagnosis. There are plenty of potential contaminants and there is no “one size fits all” solution to water problems. Due to the complexity of possible contaminants, it is important to have your water tested.
How to select the right water filtration system?
Water filtration systems differ in size, price, installation and efficiency, but they all in some way improve home water quality.
- Point-of Use Water Filters focus on lead removal. With a point-of-use water filtration system, the filter removes lead from water immediately prior to consumption. This is incredibly helpful in preventing lead from entering the body.
- Countertop Water Filters and Under-the-Sink Filters focus on safe drinking water. Countertop water filtration systems provide a steady source of clean, healthy water. The under-the-sink filtration system is a smaller version of the countertop system. As a result, families can avoid the costs and environmental waste associated with constantly drinking bottled water.
- Whole-House Water Filters offers a comprehensive solution to water contaminants. The whole-house water filtration system provides high quality water at every spot in your home. From faucets to toilets in the bathroom to the washing machine and dishwasher, this system provides clean water for everything in your home.
Water Management Step 3: Add Purification
If there are environmental concerns in your region, you may need additional water purification. Water filters provide additional purification to remove contaminants from your home water.
Water purification is the removal of contaminants from raw water to produce drinking water that is pure enough for human consumption or for industrial use. It is part of the treatment process. Substances, such as parasite, bacteria, algae, viruses, fungi, minerals and man-made chemical pollutants are removed during the purification process. As Science Daily points out, the water purification process is complex.
“Many environmental and cost considerations affect the location and design of water purification plants. Groundwater is cheaper to treat, but aquifers usually have limited output. Surface water sources require careful monitoring for the presence of unusual types or levels of microbial/disease causing contaminants. The treatment plant itself must be kept secure from vandalism and terrorism.
It is not possible to tell whether water is safe to drink just by looking at it. Simple procedures such as boiling or the use of a household charcoal filter are not sufficient for treating water from an unknown source. Even natural spring water – considered safe for all practical purposes in the 1800s – must now be tested before determining what kind of treatment is needed.”
However, it is important to note that disinfecting municipal drinking water is one of the major public health advances of the 20th century.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates municipal water. However, as we all know, the quality of tap water varies from town to town and home to home. To learn more about your home tap water, then the Environmental Working Group constructed a tap water database.
Water Management Step 4: Identify Safe Water
In the US, the federal and local regulations and water treatment facilities work. It may seem like the dangers are lurking in the pipes, but these are simply warning signs to understand our home water. There is no perfect water. There are ways to identify safe water and ensure your home and family remain healthy.
- Test your tap water. Simply test your tap or well water regularly to ensure its safety.
- Drink from a canteen vs plastic water bottle. If you enjoy water on the go, then use a canteen. A reusable stainless steel or lined drinking container contains less dangers than a plastic water bottle. Be sure to clean the canteen daily.
- Drink cool water. Bottled water that is not stored properly does increase your risk. Try not to drink water from a bottle that has been sitting in high temperatures (like a car on a summer day). Store bottled water away from heat or chemical and do not reuse plastic bottles.
- Add a water filter to your home water. Depending on the tap water test, consider adding a water filtration system. Water filtration removes particles and/or pollutants from water.
How can SolvIt help with your water management needs?
For over 80 years, SolvIt Home Services has helped Connecticut homeowners with their water issues. Since 1925, EcoWater Systems solves water problems with unique, innovative product solutions. EcoWater Systems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential water treatment systems. We are proud to be Connecticut’s premiere EcoWater Dealer. SolvIt works with Costco as the only authorized installer of EcoWater Systems in Connecticut.
As a free service to our neighbors, we are offering a no cost and no obligation water analysis.
The water analysis provides you with the facts about your home so you can make the appropriate water management and water treatment solutions.
Give us a call now at 860-544-2466 to schedule your free water evaluation.