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Home Filtration Buying Guide

Although the water flowing into your home is filtered to a degree by the city that supplies the water or through private systems, many people want to control the minerals and substances coming into their homes by installing a whole filtration system. If this is your goal, you may feel overwhelmed by the various systems on the market. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we want to help you make that decision. This article will go over the basic of home filtration systems, but we encourage you to give us a call to discuss your needs specifically.

What Is a Home Water Filtration System?

A filtration system connects to the main line where water comes into your house but before where it splits into the water heater.

Can a Filtration System Purify the Water Coming into the Outdoor Spigots?

It’s possible, but it requires a bit more work. If you’re interested in this feature, it’s best to contact us directly.

How Do I Choose a Filtration System?

The answer to this question is dependent on the type of contaminants that are in your water. For example, municipal water supplies tend to have chlorine, hardness minerals, and other chemical compounds. Homeowners that get their water from private wells or other water sources may also have chemicals that are toxic and quite damaging to their pipes. Overall, the most common contaminants found in residential water supplies include:

  • Sediment
  • Ferrous iron
  • Ferric iron

The best way to determine the exact filtration system that will work well for your home is to have your water tested. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we can do this quick and easy. After your water is tested, then you’ll be able to choose a system. Systems are chosen based on the following:

  • Flow rate – This refers to how much water is used to run all the plumbing components in your home such as the dishwasher, wash machine, toilets, sinks, showers, water heater, etc.
  • Filter size – Generally, bigger filters provide better water flow (pressure) and last longer before replacement.

Like we said previously, this is just a quick overview of filtration systems. There are other ways to filter your water too such as faucet filters, water filter pitchers, and more. Treated water is easier on your pipes, prevents common toilet problems, and makes your skin and hair softer. Give us a call today and we’ll be more than happy to connect you with a licensed plumber who is qualified to answer all your questions about water filtration.

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