There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when some things around the house need to get upgraded. When new families are involved, the kitchen is often the first room to get an upgrade in order to accommodate the extra bodies. While you’re looking to renovate the kitchen, consider upgrading your family’s water as well. Clean water is very important and easy to accomplish with a variety of filters available on the market. Municipal water supplies in most cities don’t taste very good. They may also have dissolved sediment, minerals and other impurities making them undesirable. Water softeners and reverse osmosis systems can take care of the majority of problems giving you safe, healthy, and great tasting water. Read on to learn what is involved in improving the taste and quality of your kitchen’s water supply.
Do you notice a white powdery film or spots on dishes after washing them? Or do you notice a ring around the tub or buildup on the shower head? This is likely due to hard water—a household concern in which minerals and other sediments dissolve into water and crystallize surfaces after it dries. Calcium and magnesium are the primary components of hard water. When hard water gets really bad or is left untreated for long periods of time, the scale it forms can create pipe blockage. Hard water can also damage kitchen appliances, such as the refrigerator and dishwasher. Also, It’s not common for water heaters to get clogged from the slow buildup of drip-by-drip calcium enriched water. To prevent costly repairs having to be made on plumbing and on appliances you will want to rid the water of minerals before they ever get into the pipes. This is done by using a water softener. By far the best solution is to use a full house unit that is capable of removing deposits from all of the water entering the home.
How Do Water Softeners Work?
A water softener uses a completely safe chemical reaction to cause scale to get pulled out of suspension before it ever flows into the pipes of your home. This is accomplished through the use of ion-exchange. The calcium and magnesium is removed from the water and replaced with a small amount of sodium which does not form scale. If you’re curious, yes, the water will have a small amount of sodium in it. However, the amount is so tiny it is considered negligible by even Mayo Clinic for health purposes. The benefits of removing harmful scale before it enters the home are undeniable.
Reverse Osmosis Systems
While softeners remove scale, reverse osmosis removes or reduces nearly everything else. This includes chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride, PCB, and many other very dangerous substances that enter the water by way of industrial byproducts, agricultural waste, and chemicals that the city adds to kill bacteria. This is accomplished through the use of a special membrane that the water is passed through. Reverse osmosis also uses fine micron filtration, granular activated carbon and carbon block filtration. A final step can be the use of ultraviolet light which kills bacteria and viruses that may have survived the chlorine that was originally added to the water. Like water softeners, these units come in sizes large enough to accommodate just a sink, refrigerator, or an entire home. Of course it is best to filter all of the water entering the home so that showering can be done with clean water. This is not always possible so there are smaller units as well.
In order to properly remodel the kitchen with your health in mind, consider installing or upgrading your water softening units and reverse osmosis systems. This will ensure great tasting water free from dangerous chemicals.