The quality of your water impacts how your water tastes and feels on your body. Over 98% of all water treatment facilities use chlorine and chloramines to disinfect tap water. Chlorine and chloramines can dry out your skin and strip your hair of essential oils, leaving it dull and flat. Depending on where your tap water is sourced, your water will have varying levels of natural minerals. These minerals may leave residue, but are not harmful. If you've noticed a change in your water quality over the years, you aren't crazy. Where your water comes from can change throughout the years.
Having quality water in your home helps everyone and everything in your home thrive. Did you know the adult body is over 50% water? Water helps transport vital nutrients to your brain and keeps your organs, muscles and joints healthy. Filtered and conditioned water not only tastes good, it is also better for your skin, hair, water-based home appliances and plumbing. Consider how important water is to your daily life. Perhaps it is time to take a closer look at the water flowing through your home.
When it comes to the water in your home, there are two main areas you can improve:
Filtering water removes dirt and chemicals like chlorine and chloramines.
Conditioning water helps prevents scale buildup on pipes, fixtures and shower doors.
Installing a salt-free conditioning system ensures water from every tap in your home is high-quality drinking water and not full of salt. Water softeners "soften" water by exchanging natural minerals for salt. When salt is added to your water at home, the city is unable to recycle or reuse home wastewater for irrigation or farming. This is why traditional water softeners are being banned by cities across the country. Plus, when your home water is full of salt, it is not the most appealing drinking water. A salt-free whole house water system that filters and conditions your water provides refreshing drinking water from every faucet in your home.
When you install a whole house water system that filters tap water, it turns every faucet into a source for fresh drinking water. It's like having unlimited bottled water! Filtering out chlorine and chloramines from tap water, makes it taste better and not smell like a swimming pool. Most city treatment plants use chlorine and ammonia to kill harmful bacteria in our tap water. When ammonia combines chlorine, it creates chloramines. Many cities like chloramines because it stays in water longer as water travels through the city pipes your home. Chlorine and chloramines (the bi-product of mixing chlorine and ammonia) remain in the water unless we take extra steps to filter the water in our home.
Having filtered water throughout your entire home also improves your bathing experiences. Chlorine and chloramines can dry out your skin and hair. Depending on the levels of chlorine in your city tap water, chlorine may even give blonde hair a green tint or cause hair treatments to fade faster. During a hot shower, the chlorine in tap water oxidizes to form chlorine gas. Inhaling and absorbing chlorine gas increases the amount of chlorine your body metabolizes over time. This exposure to chlorine and other disinfection byproducts may be a cause for concern. Disinfection byproducts occur when the chlorine and chloramines in tap water react with organic or inorganic substances, like dirt or city run-off, that may be present in city pipes.
The quality of your water impacts the quality of your food. Removing chlorine and chloramines from your water prevents these chemicals from soaking into your pasta or baking into your bread. Chlorine can impact the taste of drinks, soups or ice. In some areas, tap water has more chlorine than a swimming pool and can mess up your meal.
Filtering out chlorine and chloramines with a whole house water system helps maintain the plumbing infrastructure of your home. Over time, chloramines can damage your plumbing, causing pinhole leaks in copper pipes and corroding rubber, copper and plastic fixtures. Filtering your tap water before it enters your home, helps extend the lifespan of your appliances and pipes.
When you remove chlorine and chloramines, you can use less laundry detergent and dish soap. Filtered water naturally has reduced water tension, making it easier for the detergent to permeate clothing. Chlorine and chloramines can also cause extra wear and tear on clothing. Chlorine slowly has a bleaching effect and eats away at the integrity of the fabric, making threads weaker over time. Chlorine and chloramines can also be an issue for family members with sensitive skin.
If you're tired of scrubbing white mineral deposits (also called "scale") off your kitchen and bathroom fixtures, then you might live in an area with hard water. "Hard water" is when there are excess magnesium and calcium minerals in your water. According to a report published by the World Health Organization, your tap water is a source of essential dietary minerals. But it's still a big nuisance when minerals leave white spots on your pots and pans. Many homes with hard water also experience scale buildup on pipes and appliances. Conditioning your tap water before it enters your home helps prevent minerals from sticking to your fixtures, shower doors, cookware and coffee maker. Solve your hard water problems while retaining the healthy minerals.
It's possible to take control of your water and transform your tap water into water that tastes great and makes you feel your best. Having filtered and conditioned water flowing through your entire home improves your daily life. For something as essential as water, it's time to make sure you take care of it.