A whole house water filter system is a significant investment, but it will provide your home with clean and fresh water for years to come. Like any significant purchase a water treatment system should be thoroughly researched to ensure that it meets all your needs. In this article, we will look at five key questions that you need to ask before you make a commitment to buy.
- Which Contaminants Are Present in My Water Supply?
The first step that you need to take is to determine which contaminants are present in your water supply. The types of contamination can vary a great deal depending on a wide variety of factors, and a water test will help you to narrow your choices to a filtration system that will suit your needs best. There are many possible contaminants, such as chemicals, metals, bacteria, viruses and fecal contaminants that could be present in your water supply. As an example: If you have hard water issues caused by elevated calcium levels an optional water softener can be added to your whole house filtration system.
- How Does Your Prospective Water Filter Work?
A water filtration system is a complex process that will rely on a number of different parts. An average water consumer looking to purchase a water filtration system can quickly become overwhelmed by the choices available. Carrying out adequate research is essential to make the best whole house water filter choice to suit your needs. There are six key components that you may want to investigate further; they are:
- A sediment pre-filter.
- Activated carbon filtration.
- Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration.
- Ultraviolet (UV) treatment.
- A sub-micron post filter.
- A water softener.
If you need expert advice on your water conditions, get in touch with a local water treatment specialist. They will be able to offer advice on the water filtration and optional systems that will work best for your home.
- Which Whole House Water Filter Size Do You Need?
There are two main whole house water filter systems designed for domestic use; they are an FB-350 and FB-1000 unit. Larger homes up to 3,500 square feet will need an FB-1000 model to ensure access to sufficient quantities of cleaned water. If the home is larger, a customized water filtration system will need to be designed to meet the demand.
- Will I Need a Water Softener?
The primary minerals that cause hard water issues are calcium and magnesium. Removing them with a water softener will reduce scale, make the water easier to use and it will be kinder to your water using appliances. A simple water test can determine if you’re receiving hard water and then you can make a decision to add it to your new system as an optional extra.
- How Can I Install a New Whole House Filtration System?
It’s highly recommended that you don’t attempt to install a whole house water filter system yourself. It’s a better idea to use a local water treatment company for the installation instead. They will have the experience to get the job done and adequate levels of insurance cover in the event of improper installation or unforeseen damages.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.