Whole Home Water Filtration System
Privately owned wells are a very common staple found in most residential dwellings in North America. Did you know that there are roughly 13 million homes in the United States that are dependent on a private well for drinking water? Unfortunately, most water coming from a well could contain harmful bacteria such as E. Coli, protozoa and some lesser known pathogens that may not be easily detectable to your senses, but could cause severe illness if ingested.
There may also be ordinary minerals- like calcium, magnesium and iron found in your well water. While these minerals are not necessarily harmful to you, they can wreak havoc on your plumbing and heating systems with buildup and corrosion over time. This could result in plumbing catastrophes & costly repairs. Fortunately, a simple solution to eradicate your well water of impurities and microorganisms is implementing a whole home water filtration system. This guide will serve as a starting point for everything you need to know about well water filtration and the best method for you.
Where Do I Start When Shopping for a Water Filter System
The first factor to consider is finding the right filter to remove impurities and bacteria. Some may have a water softener, but please be advised that a water softener and a water filtration system are separate systems that serve completely different purposes. The role of a water softener is to remove hardness- like calcium and magnesium, from your water.
These minerals are the culprits of scale buildup within plumbing, which will ultimately affect the longevity of your appliances and plumbing pipes. A water softener will typically use an ion exchange process to replace these minerals with sodium (there are salt free softeners that can achieve the same results) to prevent mineral buildup. The downside of a softener is it cannot effectively remove well water contaminants- such as iron, manganese, and other heavy metals, and they most certainly aren’t capable of eradicating harmful contaminants.
A water filtration system goes a step further by oxidizing ferrous iron into a solid, therefore becoming easily trapped by the filters. Another filtration method is Manganese Greensand, which uses an oxidizer called potassium permanganate. This traps ferric iron and flushes it out once the system regenerates. This process is repeated at a rapid rate, oxidizing iron continuously. So in theory, both can trap iron, but a water filtration system provides a finer scale filter for additional contaminants.
These two systems can collaborate together, however one cannot do the functionalities of the other.
I expressed some water quality concerns with Ryan as well. Again, with no added pressure, he showed some equipment systems that would enhance the water quality of my home, but strongly recommended I have the company do a water quality test
Benefits to Whole Home System
So you're considering to go with a whole house filtration systems because it would be in your family's and homes best interest, but not sure what kind, brand, size and if you should make the husband install it or hire a professional.
Lets start with the obvious - consider hiring a certified professional. When you purchase the equipment needed to complete the install it doesn't seem so bad, however, when something goes wrong and now you expect the warranty to help you out - ouch! This project just got $2,000 more expensive.
Here are some other considerations:
1. Water Treatment Certifications - Manufactures, like Puronics, have their filters tested by NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) itself. On the tanks that we install will be a sticker with their certifications; it's a promising sign to you that the system does what it claims to do.
Maintenance after Installation - Going with systems that require change out of filters can be come annoying and expensive, usually every 8 to 12 months or less if larger family home. We recommend a system like Puronics because the whole home water filtration system performs its own automated maintenance, like system flushes, and requires less frequent maintenance of a longer period of time.
Water Pressure into the Home - The flow rate of the filter, measured in GPM, will help you determine how quickly it will send water to all of your homes plumbing appliances. It is extremely important to understand how your well water system works to ensure you're buying the right whole house filtration system for your needs. If you purchase the wrong system it my cause a noticeable drop in pressure and cause water to not move fast enough to the called for appliance.
Space of Placement - Some whole house filtration systems require more space than others because more tanks or regular maintenance is required. Be sure that before the purchase your measure the area and you have enough room for water line sets and ability to move at least 300 degrees around the tanks.
If you are on the fence or unsure which manufacture to purchase from please give us a call (610) 628-1724 or submit a form today. Our staff can explain in more detail and why residents throughout the Bethlehem area prefer our installation solutions.