With the array of options out there to choose from to sanitize and improve your water source, you may be wondering why a water filter or water softener is even necessary. Depending on your water source, you may not realise that chemicals, dirt, minerals, and other types of impurities can contaminate it. If your water contains microorganisms and bacteria, you may be putting your health at risk by using and or consuming that water. Water softeners and water filters provide you with a practical way to help purify and sanitize your water by eliminating any contaminants and enhancing the way it tastes, and improving your water for your household needs.
Simple types of water treatment systems are primarily used for the removal of any type of tiny debris particles from your water. This could contain particles of clay, sand, dirt, and silt. These particles are usually too small for you to be able to see with your naked eye. These types of contaminants are not typically a risk to your health; however, they can clog up your fixtures quickly and result in dry and or itchy skin if you use the water to shower frequently.
Water softeners are a method of clearing the water of finer particles that usually precipitate from the presence of minerals in your water. While small amounts of minerals may not pose a threat to your health, they can wreak havoc on your clothes, showers, toilets, tubs, and sink basins. When the minerals in your water combine with the oxygen in your air, they undergo the process of oxidation. This means they convert to their solid form and cause stains. The coloring of the stains that these minerals in the water cause are dependent on which minerals are present and the amount of each. Although these particles are far too small to see, they can make your water taste like metal and they can also stain light colored hair when washing. A water softener is an ideal water treatment solution when you have dissolved or precipitated mineral present in your water. Hard water is a problem in London and many parts of the Southern England.
Treating your water with a water filter can inhibit pathogens and other microorganisms from making it to your faucets. Because chlorine and other chemicals have been used to sanitize large water sources so abundantly, many of these anaerobic pathogens have developed a resistance to these methods. The only other way to eliminate such microorganisms from your water is to use a high quality water filter to physically remove them, such as an RO water filter. These pathogens can be dangerous to your health if they are consumed, for example, Giardia intestinalis which causes a digestive illness, and Cryptosporidium which can also cause inflammation related issues in the digestive tract. Water filters that help filter this kind of impurity are usually prefixed with micro-, nano-, and ultra-.
Many people already pay for their source of water, and that water probably has to adhere to some type of content regulations. However, it is important to understand that regulated water sources are not being tested every minute of every day. In addition, the levels that these regulations allow may be just enough not to cause serious harm to you, your pipes, and your fixtures. Impurities in water can only be detected at the time of which the water is being tested. You still run the risk of consuming or showering in contaminants even with a regulated water source. Water treatment solutions are needed and they are necessary if you want to have a decent source of water to consume and bathe in.