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What Your Water Really Contains

June 28, 2013

Water FaucetMany people don't think about their home’s water quality when filling a glass from the tap, but as the plumbing installation professionals at Tap-Roots Plumbing & Heating can tell you, there's probably more in that glass than H2O, unless you have a water filtration system.

The types of contaminants that can be found in your water include:
  • Physical contaminants like lead, sediment, or rust
  • Biological contaminants like cysts, bacteria, and parasites
  • Chemical contaminants like chlorine and pesticides
Types of Filtration Systems

Many options are available for water filtration systems, depending on your needs and the needs of your family. Whole-house filters are installed at the main water line into your home and act to prevent rust and sediment as well as pre-filter contaminants from getting in your pipes.

On the other hand, an under-the-counter filter is directly in line with your faucet and provides the best filtration, since some models use multiple different filters for each specific contaminant. Under-the-counter filters work well if you're primarily concerned with your drinking and cooking water. Faucuet-mounted filters also provide the same protections, though these modes are more visible and are limited in scope of performance.

Another option for drinking water is a canister or countertop system, which visibly sits on your counter and either needs to be connected to the spigot or have the water poured through.

Testing for Contaminants

The best way to determine what type of water filtration system your home needs is to test the water from your tap. Even if your city has excellent water quality, the pipes in your home may add harmful particles to it.

Determining your water filtration needs can seem daunting, which is why the plumbing installation professionals at Tap-Roots Plumbing & Heating are here to help. Your local Richmond plumbers at Tap-Roots are here to help you determine whether you need a whole-house filtration system or just one at the tap. Call us at 604-222-1282, and start on the path to cleaner water and better health today.


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