What does a Water Softener Do?
On a scientific level, having a water softener installed in your home will remove excess calcium and magnesium from your water. While these natural minerals aren’t exactly toxic to your home’s water supply, they can cause problems ranging from inconvenient to downright damaging and costly. The water softening unit is usually installed by a plumbing professional near your home’s main water source entry so that calcium and magnesium are removed from the water before it reaches your sinks, showers, and appliances. Before deciding on installation, you can have your water tested to determine how necessary a water softener is. Water is measured by the milligrams per liter of dissolved calcium carbonate: 0 to 60 mg/L is considered soft to slightly hard; 61 to 120 mg/L is considered moderately hard; 121 to 180 mg/L is considered hard; and more than 180 mg/L is considered very hard.
Why Should I Treat Myself to a Water Softener?
You should treat yourself to a water softener because it will make your life easier! Do you notice water stains in your sink? Is there built up around your shower head? Is your laundry not getting as clean as it needs to be? Do you notice a not-so-clean feeling on your skin or hair after a shower? Hard water is likely the culprit. Having a water softener installed will save you the time and effort of scrubbing stains and residue from your sink and showerhead. You will save time and money on having to re-wash your laundry or even your hair. Think of all the time and money you will save on cleaning products and utilizing less water to re-wash your clothing. And as a bonus, studies show that water with decreased calcium and magnesium nourishes your hair and skin in addition to giving them a deeper cleaning.
What does an Acid Neutralizer do?
An acid neutralizer is similar to a water softener in that it reduces and eliminates calcium and magnesium. However, it is different from a water softener because it dissolves these minerals as they flow through a filter which increases the pH of the water, making the water that flows into your home, more alkaline. Because factors like air pollution, rain, and the minerals found in the soil surrounding your home will affect not only the taste of your water, but the pH levels as well, the need for an acid neutralizer makes sense no matter what climate you live in.
Why Should I Treat Myself to an Acid Neutralizer?
You should treat yourself to an acid neutralizer to keep your pipes from being frequently clogged by highly acidic water which can be a persistent and costly home repair. Unsightly discoloration in your toilet tank can also be fixed with an acid neutralizer, reducing the time, effort, and money you must put in to make your toilet bowl sparkle. Another reason to treat yourself with an acid neutralizer is to have a more refreshing taste from your tap water. High PH levels in your water create a metallic taste causing you to spend money on store-bought bottled water. Think of all the money you could save if your tap water was your main drinking water too! And perhaps the most important reason to consider using an acid neutralizer is that pipe erosion from off balanced PH levels in your water can cause serious health problems due to the elevated levels of toxins that form in eroded pipes. If you have children, they are even more at risk of absorbing toxins from acidic water into their growing bodies causing cramps, diarrhea, nausea, kidney and liver disease, and nervous system problems. You can read more about the health concerns of substances such as lead in your water from the CDC’s website.
What Does a Carbon Filter Do?
Like the name suggests, a carbon filter filters your water using the Ancient Egyptian discovery of the mineral Carbon. Carbon filters are made from materials such as coal or coconut shell because they are naturally high in carbon. These natural fibers create barriers that stop substances from contaminating your drinking water. Once installed, carbon filters use the science of absorption to remove contaminants. They are extremely porous and have a large surface area that acts like a sponge.
Why Should I Treat Myself to a Carbon Filter?
You should treat yourself to a carbon filter so you can enjoy great tasting water that is free of odors, heavy metals, iron, lead, harmful bacteria, mercury, chlorine, and Trihalomethanes. There are three types of carbon filters to choose from and your plumbing professional at Heiland Home Services will be able to walk you through the pros and cons of Granular Activated Carbon Filters, Carbon Block Filters, and Radial flow GAC carbon filters.
Whole House Sediment Filter
What does a Whole House Sediment Filter Do?
A sediment filter’s primary purpose is to remove sediments such as rust, silt, sand, and dirt from your water. Most people think that having a water softener is enough to clarify the water going into their home, but to get a truly exceptional filtration experience, a whole house sediment filter should be installed in addition to your water softener. This will ensure that dangerous sediments are removed from your water first as the water travels through your water softener.
Why Should I Treat Myself to a Whole House Sediment Filter?
You should treat yourself and all your water-using appliances to a whole house sediment filter! Water that contains suspended solids will affect the life span of major home appliances such as your water heater and washer by up to 30%! Because these appliances are so costly at the time of purchase and to have repaired, it would be in the best interest of your family to protect their longevity. In addition to saving your appliances from damage like we mentioned above, a whole house sediment filter will protect your water softener. Because water softeners have fine-moving parts, they are easily scratched and damaged by the sediments in the water that they are working so hard to cleanse.
What Does a Reverse Osmosis System Do?
In short, a reverse osmosis water filtration system takes water sanitation to the next level! Reverse osmosis is proven to reduce up to 99% of contaminants in water including particles that go undetected by the human eye. Reverse osmosis is a multi-step process and can be summarized by saying that it pushes water through a specialized, semipermeable membrane, creating clean and safe water for your home.
Why Should I Treat Myself to a Reverse Osmosis System?
You should treat yourself to a reverse osmosis system for its many benefits! First, you will immediately notice a better taste coming straight from your tap which will reduce the amount of money you may be spending on bottled water. Second, you will begin to notice the health benefits soon after its installation. From microscopic sediments and minerals to harmful contaminants such as mercury, viruses, lead, nitrates, particulates, and bacteria, there are many toxins in untreated water that can lead to adverse health effects, and a reverse osmosis system will remove them all! The superior level of filtration that comes from using a reverse osmosis system, is something even bottled waters cannot compete with!
Ultraviolet Water Purifier
What Does an Ultraviolet Water Purifier Do?
An ultraviolet water purifier exposes the harmful organisms that live in your water to strong and consistent ultraviolet wavelengths. This exposure keeps the organisms from reproducing. To put it simply, an ultraviolet water purifier is the most modern way to purify your water. While filtration systems such as reverse osmosis and carbon filters simply separate contaminants from your water using the tiny pores of a filter membrane, an ultraviolet water purifier works alongside traditional filters and disables the harmful organisms, creating one of the safest forms of drinking water possible.
Why should I Treat Myself to an Ultraviolet Water Purifier?
You should treat yourself to an ultraviolet water purifier to protect your family from being exposed to harmful bacteria. While other water filtration systems simply separate contaminates from your water, an ultraviolet water purifier stops organisms from reproducing, which stops bacteria from forming in the first place. Also, they only require an annual lamp change to maintain, and they leave behind zero tastes or odors which means more money in your pocket. An ultraviolet water filter system can be used to keep you and your family safe from most viruses, and bacteria such as E. Coli, Hepatitis B, Giardia, Salmonella, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Dysentery Bacilli, Streptococcus, and Cryptosporidium. If you are looking for the highest level of home water sanitation that can be achieved, using an ultraviolet water purified with a water filtration system is your best bet!