Water and oxygen are the essence of life. Without them, we cannot survive. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 2.5 billion people across the globe do not have access to sanitary water sources. Unsanitary water conditions contribute in the deaths of thousands of individuals every day. We here in the U.S. are fortunate enough to access to clean water sources for us to drink and bathe. The human body is comprised of 70% water, the average adult needs 87-120 ounces of water daily to meet their nutritional needs and avoid dehydration. The quality of the water we drink should be at the forefront of our minds. The water that comes from our tap may be sanitary, but it comes as no surprise to know that it is not free of harmful contaminants. This is why it is so important to have a filtration system within your home to filter out toxins that may make your family ill. Absolute P&M Services is here today to explain the benefits of adding a whole home water purification system to your home.
What Elements are in Your Drinking Tap Water?
The most common chemicals found in tap water today are:
Chlorine– Used to purify water at municipal water facilities. It can be absorbed through your skin while bathing and you can taste it when you drink.
Fluoride– Known as a neurotoxin and an endocrine disruptor. Fluoride has been added to drinking water for decades in an effort to reduce tooth decay.
Herbicides– Rainfall and irrigation wash herbicides into public drinking water facilities, rivers and lakes from nearby farmlands.
Lead– A heavy metal found in tap water that comes as a direct result from the corrosion of the pipes that deliver it to your home.
Mercury– A heavy metal that contaminates water sources as a result of landfill or cropland runoff.
MTBE– Used in gasoline to reduce carbon monoxide and ozone emissions from vehicles.
Nitrates– Commonly used in fertilizer.
Perchlorate– A highly toxic chemical used in explosives and rocket fuel that has been found to contaminate drinking water in many states.
Pharmaceuticals– Synthetic chemicals found in prescription medication, veterinary medication and therapeutic medication.
Types of Whole House Water Filtration Systems
The water that flows through our faucets is treated at a water treatment facility that uses chemicals to sanitize the water we use to cook, drink, clean and bathe in every day. After the water leaves those facilities, it travels through piping systems that are sometimes decades old. This means that after the water has been chemically treated, it still has the possibility to pick up other contaminants before it reaches your faucets. Even well water from a well is not safe from parasites, bacteria or heavy metals.
Activated Carbon Filter Working Principle
This is one of the most common and cost-effective water filters available today. This is typically installed under the sink and upkeep is as simple as replacing filter cartridges as needed. Activated carbon filters effectively remove parasites, chemicals and heavy metals found in tap water.
Ion Exchange Water Filter
More commonly known as water softening systems. Positively charged ions attract negatively charged ions such as barium and calcium and effectively remove them from the water source. Both of which can cause long term health issues is repeated exposure occurs.
Reverse osmosis systems are the safest and most effective water filtration systems available today. RO is a process that demineralizes water by pushing it under pressure through a semi-permeable reverse osmosis membrane. This process effectively removes heavy metals, parasites, bacteria and 95-99% of dissolved salts found in drinking water.
Whole Home Water Filtration Systems in Santa Fe, Tomball, Sugar Land, Galveston & Greater Houston, Texas
In times of natural disaster or other water catastrophes like those we saw in Flint, Michigan with the lead poisoning a few years back. Whole home water filtration systems will ensure your family has safe drinking water, even when public sources have been grossly contaminated. Absolute P&M Services offers installation and maintenance on whole home water filtration systems, if you have further questions or would like to hear more about water filtration and purification systems we offer. Please give us a call, we’re happy to help.