Benefits of a Home Water Purifier

As water travels from a natural source to your faucet, it picks up bacteria, microorganisms, metals, and more. A Home water purifier reduces these unwanted impurities to make your drinking and showering healthier.

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The Big Berkey uses ion exchange and catalytic carbon filtration to reduce contaminants like PFAS/PFOS, heavy metals, chlorine, and odor. It also adds copper to the water, a mineral that helps with digestion and metabolism.

Reduces Harmful Chemicals and Bacteria

In cities like Flint, MI, where lead contaminated drinking water, it is important to have a home water filter that can reduce harmful chemicals and bacteria in your home’s water. Harmful bacteria can include coliforms, cysts, and Giardia and Cryptosporidia. These are microbial contaminants that can cause serious illnesses in people and animals.

In addition to these microbial contaminants, water can contain toxic chemical substances like arsenic. Arsenic is an invisible, odorless substance that can accumulate in your body over time and lead to health problems. Water with high arsenic levels is often brown and can taste bitter or metallic.

Water filters can also reduce harmful toxins in your home’s water like chromium-6. This chemical has been linked to kidney and liver damage, nerve issues, and cancer in humans and animals. It is found in some firefighting foam, clothing, and water-resistant fabrics. Water filtration systems that use activated carbon can remove this and other chemicals from your home’s water.

Home water purification systems can also be effective against PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl substances. These are chemicals used in manufacturing Teflon, cleaning products, and many other everyday items. They are highly pervasive and have been found in nearly all US water supplies. Using a reverse osmosis or whole-house treatment system will remove PFAS from your home’s water supply. However, researchers have found that the filtration systems currently available are inconsistent and can actually increase PFAS levels in some homes.

Reduces Lead

A water filter can reduce the risk of lead exposure in your household, especially if you have children. Lead poisoning in young kids can cause cognitive and physical problems that can last a lifetime, so it’s important to protect your family’s health by minimizing their exposure.

Home water filters use a process called reverse osmosis to remove lead from your drinking water. They also filter out arsenic, a harmful chemical that leaches into our water supply from certain rock formations and runoff from industry and agriculture. Long-term ingestion of arsenic can lead to diabetes, skin lesions, kidney damage, and cancer.

While the use of lead in municipal pipes is now prohibited, your home’s plumbing may still contain dangerous levels of this contaminant. Lead can seep into household plumbing from corroded solder or lead-containing pipes. While it’s difficult to know if your household plumbing contains elevated levels of lead, you can test your tap water with a home kit.

Test kits are easy to use, but they won’t reveal whether your water is contaminated by private plumbing or fixtures. Even if you have newer pipes and fixtures, your family can still be exposed to dangerous amounts of lead. Fortunately, washing hands and bathing in water with elevated levels of lead will have a minimal impact on blood lead levels, but you should consider investing in a home water purifier to reduce the risk of drinking or cooking with toxic water.

Reduces Aluminum

A home water purifier can reduce aluminum in the drinking water. This is a significant concern because of the link between aluminum ingestion and Alzheimer’s disease. There are many different filtration processes that can remove aluminum from the drinking water. One of the best options is an ion exchange resin filter. This type of filter binds the aluminum in the water with an anion and then releases the aluminum back into the environment. These types of filters require periodic regeneration and may need to be replaced or cleaned as necessary.

Other types of filtration systems that can remove aluminum include a carbon filter and reverse osmosis. The carbon filter can remove up to 40% of the aluminum in the drinking water. However, it will take a long time for the carbon to remove the aluminum since water stays in contact with the resin for hours. A reverse osmosis system is much more effective at removing aluminum from the water. This method retrains the water to flow through the kidneys, where it loses some of its minerals and can eliminate a large amount of aluminum.

A shower filter can also reduce the amount of aluminum in the drinking water. These filters are generally not designed to remove other metals from the water, however. A water distiller can also remove aluminum from the drinking water. These systems are easy to use, sit on your counter and take up very little space.

Reduces Odor

If the water in your home carries an earthy or musty smell, it may be caused by hydrogen sulfide gas. This is a natural byproduct of the breakdown of organic matter, such as hair and leftover food in your pipes, or by algae blooms in lakes and reservoirs. A simple carbon filter can eliminate the odors and reduce the risk of health issues associated with this chemical.

A rotten egg smell can be caused by the chlorine used to disinfect your tap water or by dissolved organic compounds like phenols and formaldehydes. A carbon filter containing activated charcoal will adsorb these contaminants, removing their unpleasant odors. Carbon filters are also effective at reducing volatile organic chemicals, or VOCs, in your water supply.

Both water filters and purifiers work by sucking in raw water, filtering it out of impurities like sediment, heavy metals, bacteria and chemicals, and then dispensing the clean water. However, water purifiers have additional mechanisms that can kill or inactivate viruses and bacteria that filters don’t.

Springwell has a variety of water purification systems available, from whole-house solutions that treat your entire plumbing system to single-source filters that are easily installed at specific taps in your home. After a water test confirms the presence of contaminants that cause foul odors, our experts will help you select the right system for your needs and budget.