Water quality is a real concern for many homeowners.
For some, it’s simply about improving the taste or getting rid of a persistent rotten eggs smell. For others, it’s about being 100% confident in their water quality.
The problem is that most people don’t know where to start when it comes to home water purification: some don’t even realize how important it really is.
While many homeowners receive water from the City of Ottawa, many are on well systems: that makes water purification harder.
At this point you have 3 options:
- Continue drinking and using your tap water as usual.
- Buy bottled water – but this only works for drinking water, and becomes very wasteful and expensive.
- Install a water purification system.
To get the results you want in the most cost-effective way, you need to take the proper steps and install the right home water purification system.
What Are the Causes of Water Pollution?
Water pollution occurs when substances are introduced to water that aren’t naturally occurring. Common causes of water pollution include:
- Heavy metal particles, like copper or lead
- Various chemicals
- Plastic and garbage
While water purification plants and most well systems deliver healthy drinking water, they have little control over the taste of your water, or the mineral deposits in your plumbing. That’s why we recommend getting a plumbing inspection, especially if you’ve never had one.
Water pollution isn’t the only concern: in some areas of the world, waterborne bacteria can causes illness. While this isn’t a problem in Canada, some people like to be 100% sure.
What Should Be Included in My Water Purification System?
There are 3 things that can be included in your water purification system. Your final decision will be based on what’s actually in your water and your needs.
1. A Water Softener
For some homeowners, it’s the hardness of water that’s the problem. Water that has a lot of calcium and magnesium is harsh on your skin, hair, and plumbing. These minerals also affect the taste of your water.
When there are high enough levels of calcium and magnesium, you can even start to experience scale on your dishes and appliances.
Depending on where you live and how your water is sourced, your water may be soft or hard. Find out if you need a water softener >
Regardless of how soft your water is, a water softener can still improve both the taste of your drinking water and the way your skin and hair feels.
2. A Filtration System
Sometimes there are particles in your water that you would prefer not to drink. That’s why high-quality filtration should be a key part of your home water purification process. In our experience as plumbing experts, the Kinetico reverse osmosis systems are incredibly effective.
Don’t worry, it’s not as high-tech and complicated as it sounds: it doesn’t even use electricity! A reverse osmosis system uses natural water pressure to filter your H2O through a membrane that allows only the smallest water particles through. Larger particles and bacteria don’t stand a chance. Learn more >
Not only will your water be thoroughly purified, but it’ll taste better, too.
The final step in your water purification process is a disinfection. This can be achieved with either ultraviolet or chemical systems. We recommend talking to us about disinfection and whether it should be a part of your home water purification system.
Get Your Free Home Water Quality Test to Get Custom Advice from the Experts
Now you know what goes into water treatment, but before you get carried away, you should find out what water quality you have already. We offer a free home water quality test completed by one of our expert plumbers.
We’ll provide a comprehensive overview of your water, and recommendations for a water purification system that is customized to your home.
Don’t wait to start feeling confident in your water quality: book your free water test today!