More and more people have discovered the benefits of clean, pure drinking water. After all, tap water can contain carcinogens, bacteria, minerals, and pollutants due to pipe corrosion, and most people want better than that – without paying the hefty price tag of endless bottled water. The solution? Try a water filtration system to provide you with filtered water right in your home.
If you decide to take the leap and purchase a water filter for your home, do your research and know what you’re getting into. There are numerous options, each working in a slightly different way. We’ve written this blog post to introduce you to the main types of water filtration systems, explain how they work, and let you know whom you can trust for water filtration and plumbing services in the greater Houston, TX area.
When it comes to water filtration systems, there are three main types: pitchers, under-the-sink filters, and whole-house systems. Let’s take a look at each one a bit more.
The filtration pitcher is the most inexpensive and easiest to use of the three options. Just add water from the tap into the pitcher. The filter does the rest.
However, a filtration pitcher may not provide you with all the filtration you need. Consumer Reports found that while filtration pitchers remove odors from water, they don’t do much for the taste. The pitchers can take a while to fill up with water, and they don’t filter about every particulate in it. Plus, you’ll have to replace filters as scheduled – which can be more expensive than you think – and maintain the pitcher properly for the best function.
An under-the-sink water filter can be installed by most people, as it’s a simple project, especially for DIYers. Once installed, water runs through the filtration system and exits the tap. Since the filter only works on the water coming out of the sink faucet, you won’t have to replace it as often as you would replace the filter in a pitcher.
That said, a one-sink filter only provides filtered water from one sink. Installing filters in every sink would be time-consuming and expensive, and you’d still have tubs, showers, and laundry delivering unfiltered water. At that point, it makes much more sense just to get a whole-house water filtration system.
Whole-house water filtration systems work on all the water coming into your home. Think of the filter as Grand Central Station, directing the water flow throughout your home. While these systems aren’t cheap, they filter your shower and laundry water and prevent the buildup of minerals in your water pipes, making them a very sound investment.
There are many different types of whole-house water filtration systems on the market, and they work in different ways. Some use ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria, while others use reverse osmosis to force impurities from the water. Still more use infrared light or a water ionizer. What type of water filter is best for your home depends on the impurities currently in your water and how clean you want your water to be.
If you decide to go with a whole-house water filtration system and you reside in Greater Houston, Joe the Plumber would be more than happy to install it for you. We can also answer any questions you have about it. We serve Houston, Tomball, Cypress, Katy, Spring, and Magnolia, providing energy-efficient plumbing services. Contact us today to get started with a free estimate!