If you are like most Portland, OR homeowners, the quality of the water coming into your home is important. You need clean water for many daily household tasks, including drinking, showering, and cooking. Your water is treated with chlorine, which can contain harmful bacteria, chemicals, and other contaminants. The best way to ensure that your water is safe is to have a water filtration system installed. There are three types of water filtration systems available.
- Activated carbon
- Cation exchange water filter systems
- Reverse osmosis
Each of these systems can ensure clean, safe water. If you are still on the fence about having one of these water filtration systems installed in your Portland, OR home, you should consider the benefits they provide.
#1 Safe Drinking Water
A water filtration system ensures that you will have safe drinking water. The city water supply treats the water before it enters your home. Even though the water is treated, it can still contain lead. Also, the water is treated with fluoride and chlorine, which comes out in your drinking water.
A water filtration system will remove these chemicals and impurities. They will also remove 2,100 of the known toxins that can be found in drinking water. This will ensure that you have the cleanest, safest water coming from the faucets and showerheads in your home.
#2 Better Tasting Drinking Water
A water filtration system removes elements from the drinking water, such as lead, bacteria, and chlorine. These contaminants can cause your drinking water to taste and smell unpleasant. A water filtration system will also lower the pH level in your drinking water. Water filtration systems provide great-tasting drinking water so that you can enjoy a glass of water straight from the tap.
#3 Better For the Environment
Many people rely on bottled water for drinking. They prefer bottled water because they know that it is safe and free of chemicals and contaminants. Unfortunately, bottled water is bad for the environment. Every year, over 50 billion plastic water bottles are purchased in the United States, and only 38 percent are recycled. The rest of them end up in landfills and littering the ground and the ocean. Sadly, it can take up to 450 years for plastic bottles to disintegrate.
A water filtration system provides clean water into your home, so you won’t need to buy plastic water bottles. You can get clean water straight from the tap, and you will be doing your part for the environment.
#4 Saves Money
If you rely on bottled water for drinking, the cost can really add up over time. Many families who drink only bottled water spend $700 or more every year.
Water filtration systems reduce the need for bottled water. If you choose a reverse osmosis water filtration system, it will cost between $300 to $500, and it is a one-time fee. The filter needs to be replaced annually, which costs between $50 and $80. This is much cheaper than spending $700+ on bottled water every year.
#5 Better For Your Skin
The water that comes from the city supply contains chlorine, fluoride, and heavy metals. If you or a member of your family has a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, these additives can exacerbate the condition. The impurities can also do a number on your skin if it is sensitive.
A water filtration system removes heavy metals and other impurities, which is better for your skin.
#6 Save On Plumbing Repair Bills
Water filtration systems can reduce the cost of plumbing repairs. Unfiltered water contains heavy metals, chemicals, and minerals that can cause damage to the plumbing system in your home. Also, these contaminants can cause damage to the appliances in your home that require water, including:
- Washing machine
- Garbage disposal
- Refrigerators with ice makers
- Refrigerators with water dispensers
When you have one of the three water filtration systems installed in your home, you will be protecting your plumbing system and your appliances. This can save you a fortune in plumbing and appliance repairs in the future.
#7 Protection If There Is a Disaster
If a sewer line bursts in your area, or if there is a water main leak, your water can become contaminated and won’t be safe for bathing, cooking, and drinking. To safely use the water, you may need to boil it for days, weeks, and even months.
A water filtration system will protect your water if a disaster occurs, and you can be sure that it is safe for use immediately after the water main or sewer line is repaired.
#8 Save On Soap
You use various types of soap each day. You need body soap for bathing, shampoo to wash your hair, dish soap to wash your dishes, and laundry soap to wash your clothes. If you use unfiltered water, the hard minerals prevent the soap’s ionic reaction, which affects its ability to clean.
Water filtration systems work like water softeners and can maximize the soap’s efficiency, so you won’t need to use it as much. This can save you hundreds of dollars a year on the cost of the various types of soap that you use each day.
#9 Remove Deposits and Soap Scum From Your Clothes and Bathroom
When you wash your clothes in unfiltered water, the chemicals can leave deposits on your clothes. This can cause the colors to fade quickly and can cause an unpleasant smell. These contaminants can also cause rashes on your skin and allergic reactions. Unfiltered water can also cause soap scum to build up in your sinks and bathtubs, which will require frequent cleaning.
A water filtration system removes these contaminants, protecting your clothing and reducing the frequency that you clean your sinks and tubs.
#10 Reduce the Risk Of Gastrointestinal Illnesses
Untreated water can contain microscopic organisms and parasites, which can get into your system when you drink the water. This can put you at risk for a gastrointestinal illness.
Water filtration systems will remove these, ensuring your gastrointestinal health when you drink the water that comes from the faucet.
Why Choose Pilot Plumbing?
If you are thinking about having a water filtration system installed in your Portland, OR home, contact Pilot Plumbing. We have been serving customers in the area for over 14 years and have an excellent reputation in the community and the industry.
Our plumbers will discuss with you the different types of water filtration systems available and the benefit of each. This will help you choose the best water filtration system for your home.
To schedule an appointment to discuss a water filtration system or for any other plumbing service, give us a call today.