Every person wants access to clean water to drink and use elsewhere in their homes. For this reason, many people are installing whole house water filtration systems to process all of the water that comes into the house. This system is fitted to the main water supply, and every faucet and fixture in the home uses that cleaner water. In this article, we will look at three common questions about whole house water filtration and answer them for you.
- Do I Need a System Like This?
A whole house water purification system is needed if you have problems with excessive amounts of sediment. Sediment is composed of small sand particles that can scour your plumbing, faucets, and fixtures, causing damage. The whole house system is installed directly onto the main water supply, and it will process all of the water coming into the home. This will remove large quantities of sediment to improve your drinking water quality and to protect your plumbing system and water using appliances from sediment damage.
- How Clean Will My Water Be?
The standard of water that’s supplied to our homes from a municipal water supply meets the minimum required federal standards. But, there are still contaminants present, and any crack or break in the water supply line will allow pollutants to enter the water. Some common contaminants include bacteria, sediment, minerals, chemicals, and chlorine. Chlorine may seem like a strange thing to mention, after all, it has been used to disinfect water for many years, but a lot of people don’t like the “swimming pool” taste and odor that it adds to their water. A whole house water filter system will remove these contaminants leaving behind a cleaner and fresher tasting water.
- What Water Flow Rate Do I Need?
Every water filter represents a physical barrier that the incoming water needs to overcome. This will restrict the water flow, so it’s vital to understand how water pressure works in your home. The flow rate will depend on how the water is used; a typical faucet would have a maximum water flow rate of around ½ gallon per minute. If we take a wider look at the entire home, approximately 15 gallons per minute could be flowing through more than one faucet or fixture each minute.
Every home will be slightly different; the flow rate for your home can be calculated based on the water supply volume and the incoming pipe size. If the wrong filtration system if fitted you may notice that the water flow has become too restricted and you may not even be able to turn a pair of taps on at the same time. For this reason, it’s a great idea to consult a local water treatment professional before you make a commitment to buy a new whole house water filtration system.
Hopefully, these answers will be helpful, if you need to know more contact your local water treatment specialist for expert help and advice.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.