Water Softening & Home Water Filtration System
The water quality experts here at Earl’s Performance Plumbing are here to assist you in obtaining better tasting, fresh, safe, and softer water for your home. Our water quality experts can assist you in analyzing you water quality and advise on selecting and customizing a water conditioning, purification, and filtration system that best suites your needs, while explaining the operating costs, required maintenance, and warranties so you know that your water is safe, clean, and usable giving you peace of mind for you and your family.
The Water Cycle: Your water supply consists of more than just pure water. Dissolved solids such as calcium, magnesium, iron, lead, sulfur, and limestone are just a few of the offenders contaminating your water supply. Since water is considered a natural solvent, it has the tendency to absorb any and all particles it comes in contact with. Be it from sulfur in the air as it falls to the ground, to contaminates picked up as it percolates down through the soil, collecting minerals as well as any other contaminates that lay within the soil, such as insecticides, fertilizers, bacteria, and PCB’s. Finally, once it reaches your home it can further suspend lead particles from the solder in your older homes copper pipe connections.
Water Quality Key Terms to Know
- Alkalinity: Alkalinity is waters ability to neutralize acids and bases. As the alkalinity level of you water increases, the water becomes more stable and less likely to corrode your home’s plumbing
- Benzene: Benzene is an industrial chemical used in the production of plastics, resins, rubber lubricants, and more. It found in crude oil and is can be created as as result of forest fires. Storage tanks that burn can leach benzene into the ground contaminating drinking well water supplies. Benzene can be filtered out by carbon filters.
- Benzene FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
- Q: Can you filter benzene out of water?
- A: Yes, use a charcoal filter to remove benzene from your water supply
- Q: Is benzene harmful if you drink it?
- A: Yes, benzene is an industrial chemical and is highly toxic.
- Q: Is benzene produced by fires?
- A: Yes, benzene can be produced by forest fires
- Q: Can benzene contaminate my drinking water?
- A: Yes, benzene can contaminate ground water if a storage tank or landfill leaks into the ground water or after a forest fire. Benzene can travel great distances in ground water as well.
- Benzene FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
- Chlorides: Not to be confused with Chlorine, Chlorides usually refer to the salt content of your water supply. A high chloride content will taste more “Salty” and will increase the corrosion of your home’s plumbing and appliances.
- Copper: The most common type of plumbing in your home, copper is dissolved into your drinking supply by corrosion. It will cause a bitter taste and produce green stains on your home’s plumbing
- Fluoride: In many communities, fluoride is added to the water source. It is beneficial in preventing dental cavities.
- Hardness: Hardness is the amount of dissolved magnesium and calcium in your water. The hard water effects soaps ability to lather when washing, rather leaving Soap Scum. In addition, magnesium and calcium form deposits in your home’s plumbing fixtures and appliances such as water heaters and dishwashers, leading to premature failures and costly replacement. Hard water does carry less corrosive capability compared to soft water, so a degree of hardness is desirable.
- Iron and Mangenese: Naturally occurring metals that can add a metallic taste to your water supply and produce a grayish stain on your plumbing fixtures.
- pH: pH is the scale used to measure acidity. 7 being neither acidic or basic, 14 being acidic, 1 being basic. Rule of thumb for drinking water is a pH level of 6.5pH -8.5pH
- Lead: Very uncommon to be found in natural water sources. Mainly caused by corrosion of plumbing and plumbing fixtures that contain lead.Lead is considered toxic and if you suspect lead in your home’s water supply, Contact us for a free in home quote to remedy this situation.
- Nitrate & Nitrite: Nitrates and nitrites are naturally occurring inorganic chemicals. They are usually introduced into a water supply by contamination, usually the use of fertilizers, septic systems, animal waste, and decomposition of plant waste. High levels of nitrates in drinking water is a health concern because of it’s ability to convert into nitrite, which impedes your blood’s ability to transport oxygen.
- Zinc: Mostly attributed to corrosion of galvanized piping and plumbing fixtures. A high Zinc content can add a metallic taste to your water as well as a cloudy appearance.