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It’s National Wellness Month: Let’s Talk Water Safety

With August being National Wellness Month, we thought we’d talk a little bit about water safety. After all, the air we breathe and the water we drink are the two most important components in our lives.

Our health depends on the availability of clean and safe water. We’ve come a long way from washing our clothes in a nearby river and gathering water from a well or pump out in the yard.

Water safety is a term we like to use when talking about the delivery of safe clean water through plumbing services, its further purification with modern water filters, and the prevention of hazards associated with water leaks. Let’s start with a brief explanation of the role of modern plumbing services.

Plumbing Services Deliver Plenty of Clean Water

plumbingservicesOur modern world depends on the availability and access to clean water. Most municipalities take on the burden of ensuring a water supply is readily available for their residents. They ensure that this water meets minimum health standards.

It’s the task of plumbing companies to deliver that water from the source to our individual homes’ fixtures and faucets. Through a complex system of pipes, this water is brought into our homes and directed where it is needed. Other pipes carry away the used wastewater for proper disposal and recycling.

Without a standardized plumbing system, our society could not function the way it does. Our cities and other municipalities ensure that our water supply meets minimum standards, but what if you want a higher degree of water safety for you and your family? In this case, you can turn to one of the many different types of water filters available today.

Water Filters Provide a Higher Level of Water Safety

The marketplace provides a water filter for just about every need and every budget out there. While there are many different types of filtration methods, the first consideration is whether you want a filter for your whole house or just individual areas.

There are filters available that attach to showerheads for your bathing needs, the ends of faucets for your drinking and cooking water, and even refillable pitchers. These styles are much less expensive and can often be installed by the homeowner.

Others wish to protect and filter their entire water supply. Opting for a whole house filtration system at the main supply line to the home is more expensive and usually requires professional installation.

waterfiltersAll these filters rely on one of the following methods of filtrations:

  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Activated Carbon Filters
  • UV Filters
  • Ceramic Filters

They all have their pros and cons. Some require a source of electricity and some rely on the water pressure in the lines to force the water through small openings to strain out impurities.

To decide which is right for your home, you’ll want to decide on a budget and have your water tested by a professional to determine what type will work best for your particular situation. On the other side of water safety, is the part that water leaks play in making the water dangerous to our well-being.

Water Leaks and Other Dangers Associated with Water

waterleaksAsk anyone about the dangers associated with water and the first thing that comes to mind is swimming, or more precisely, drowning. While this is certainly true, there are other ways in which the misuse of water can cause problems for the average homeowner.

Undetected or slow leaks can linger for long periods of time. We may try to ignore them, fearing a costly repair. These leaks can cause slip and fall accidents if they are in a high-traffic area. That is obvious, but what you might not realize is the potential for this moisture to cause mold. Mold can grow wherever there is moisture, left unchecked it can cause tremendous damage to our homes and our health.

Water safety can also be compromised by older plumbing that may allow lead or other contaminants to leach into our water supplies. Modern plumbing is such a staple of our everyday lives that it is easy to take it for granted. It’s hard to imagine life without easy access to water, but this does not mean that there aren’t precautions that homeowners need to take to protect their homes and their families.

If you have questions about whether you need a water softener, a filtration system, or are just not sure if your plumbing is up to par, give us at Knight Plumbing, Inc. a call. We can check out your home’s plumbing from top to bottom to ensure that you have the safest water possible.

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Filtered Water Makes the Best Lemonade

After a day spent outside playing or working in the hot sun, nothing satisfies your thirst like a big glass of lemonade. However, if you aren’t using filtered water, your lemonade can have harmful substances in it that affect its taste and make it unhealthy for you to drink.

Unless you want trace amounts of pesticides, minerals, and chemicals in your beverages, on your skin, and embedded in your clothing, you should consider using water filters in your home. There are numerous types of filters that clean different things out of your water. In this article, we’ll discuss water softeners, whole house filtration systems, and UV filtration so you can decide which is best for you and your needs.

Why Should I Have a Water Softener?

hardwaterIf you’ve never had a water softener, you could be wondering why people choose to have them. Water’s “hardness” refers to the amount of positively charged mineral ions there are in your water. The more minerals your water has, the harder it is.

So, what’s the problem with hard water? The calcium and magnesium in hard water build-up on surfaces, including your hair and skin. Inside your water heater, hard water scales can build up so much that it makes your heater less efficient, which costs you more on your monthly energy bill.

Your bathroom plumbing can become clogged from scaling, plus it’s hard for soaps and detergents to dissolve in hard water. Over time, soap and minerals can solidify and build up in your pipes too. Inside a softener, hard water full flows through a salty brine solution where the positive calcium and magnesium ions exchange for sodium.

The result is no hard water. Soft water is gentler on your hair and skin because you don’t have to use as much soap, and it rinses off more cleanly. It’s perfectly safe to drink, except when mixing baby formula. While the sodium content is low for larger kids and adults, it’s too much for babies.

Why Should I Get a Whole House Water Filter?

wholehousewaterfilterThere’s a good chance that you already filter your drinking water, but you should also consider filtering the water you use to shower, do laundry, and wash your dishes.

Many wastewater treatment plants use chlorine to kill bacteria in the water, but they don’t filter it back out afterward. It’s not safe for you to drink, so filtering your drinking water is very smart.

However, like hard water, it can dry out your skin and hair. Think about when you’ve gone swimming in a pool; while your home water has much less chlorine, it still affects your skin’s moisture balance.

Filtered water keeps your clothes bright, your drinkware clear, and helps extend the life of your appliances. Consider this: there are minerals, pesticides, trace amounts of industrial waste, and microorganisms in our water supply; if you wouldn’t drink it, do you really want to shower in it or wash your dishes in it?

If You Already Have a Water Filter, Do You Need a UV Filter Too?

uvwaterfiltersUV water filters are incredible. Ultraviolet light waves affect the DNA and RNA of microorganisms to destroy their ability to replicate and reproduce, which makes your water safer to drink. With just a little bit of light, you can kill waterborne microorganisms like the flu, dysentery, meningitis, E. coli, and others.

The UV light does not remove heavy metals, chlorine, trace pharmaceuticals, or other particulates, so if you have murky water, you should get a carbon or sediment filter in addition to a UV filter. Maintaining UV filtration is simple and affordable; all you need to do is change the light bulb yearly. It’s also environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals.

If you have a small home, it’s easy to install UV filters at your drinking water faucets, but you can also install whole-house UV systems. If you’re ready to give yourself and your family the gift of pure water, give us a call. We’ll check out your water supply and help you pick out the best filtration system for your home.