How to Choose the Best Water Filtration System for Your Home
The type of water filtration system you select for your Texas home depends on the contaminants in your water.
Do you find tiny pieces of sand floating in your drinking glass every time you draw water from the tap? Does your water leave white spots on fixtures or taste like metal? Are you worried about plastics, bacteria, and chemicals in your drinking water?
Each issue requires a different solution. A sediment filter will screen out bits of sand and rock from your water supply. A water softening system will remove the calcium and magnesium that leave milky white deposits on fixtures and drinking glasses.
Install a reverse osmosis system at the tap to quell fears about drinking water contaminants.
Knowing how to select a filter and understanding which system will eliminate the contaminants in your water is essential when addressing water treatment. It is what we do best at Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all solutions.
We select a water treatment system that suits your needs.
Not a DIY Project
Selecting the correct water filter or treatment system is not as straightforward as buying a furnace filter. Your owner’s manual tells you exactly what air filter you should install to fit your furnace. You notice when it is dirty and replace it at least every 90 days.
Water filters can be effective for several months or years, depending on what they are and which contaminants they eliminate. No single water filter will eliminate every pollutant from your water supply.
For example, you may need a reverse osmosis system to improve your drinking water and a softener to reduce the metal content.
Some water treatment processes require more than a filter. A water softener, for example, uses a tank filled with resin beads to remove metals from hard water and a brine tank where the resin is cleaned and recharged.
Searching for Clues
At Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling, we know how contaminants interact with metals, acids, oxygen, and bacteria in water. We recognize underlying problems, such as copper pipes that corrode from acidity, turning tap water into a blue-green stain maker.
We can connect the dots between rusty-colored water and eroding iron pipes.
Water clarity, color, odor, and taste offer clues to water issues, but choosing a matching treatment method is not as intuitive as you might think. Some dangerous chemicals, such as lead, do not offer any sensory clues.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the amount of lead that may enter your water depends on water temperature, acidity, mineral content, pipe wear, and length of time in corroding pipes. Faucets and plumbing fixtures also may contain lead.
The agency notes that lead can harm human health even at low exposure levels. Lead is a toxic metal that is persistent in the environment and can accumulate in the body.
Our qualified technicians at Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling can assess the water in your Spring home and recommend a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Improving Your Water
Here are just a few possibilities for improving your water supply:
- Whole-house filters screen out sediment, pesticides, parasites, bacteria, and chemicals.
- Reverse-osmosis systems filter out many contaminants, from bacteria to polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals from tap water.
- Ultraviolet (UV) lights also kill bacteria and viruses.
- A water softener removes metals that cause hard water.