Abacus Plumbing offers Reverse Osmosis, Water Softeners (without that Slimy feeling), and Whole-House Carbon Water Filtration for Houston area homes.
Even if municipal water treatment plants do a pretty good job of providing clean water coming from the plant, there can still be some (or a lot) of impurities that can gather before reaching your home. These impurities can cause pipes to become brittle, cause clogs, and make your plumbing system inefficient or leaky. In-home water filtration can solve many of the problems and concerns Houston homeowners have with water quality.
Abacus now offers an all-in-one, Whole-House Carbon Water Filtration PLUS Water Softening (without that slimy feeling), giving you the best possible option for clean water you drink, bathe, shower and do laundry in. Plus your appliances will last so much longer.
The first step is to determine the combination of impurities in the water, like pesticides, minerals or metals, and chemicals. Since water treatment plants use chemicals to clean the water, the chemicals they use can interact with organic materials in the water and create by-products, which can be unhealthy to consume. Physical damage to pipes such as water main breaks can introduce additional pesticides, chemicals and contaminants.
Water quality tests can be performed by your professional Abacus plumber to determine which impurities are causing a specific problem. Another contributing factor is the water source. Municipality managed water treatment plant treat the water. Many plumbing service providers will test city-managed water for little or no cost. Well water has little filtration and no chemical treatment. It may also contain higher amounts of chemicals, pesticides and minerals. Testing well water may require more extensive tests and additional costs.
Well water is particularly susceptible to contamination because it is not treated chemically or thoroughly filtered. These chemicals, metals and minerals can be unhealthy by themselves. They can also interact with pipes leading from the water treatment plant and the pipes in your home and interact with each other to create unhealthy by-products.
Some of the contaminants that may be found in your water (especially well water) include:
- Aluminum, which has been associated with impaired brain function
- Arsenic, which in high concentrations is a known carcinogen and linked to circulatory damage
- Barium, which can contribute to high blood pressure
- Beryllium, which is a probable carcinogen and toxic chemical
- Cadmium, which has been associated with kidney disease
- Chromium, which can damage the liver, kidney and nervous system
- Copper, which can cause stomach irritation
- Lead, which some believe to cause brain and kidney damage and is particularly harmful to children
- Lithium, which can cause diarrhea, nausea and kidney damage
- Manganese, which can be toxic to expectant mothers and younger children
- Thallium, which is believed to cause hair loss and damage the intestinal tract kidneys and liver
- Zinc, which can lead to anemia
- Pesticides and herbicides, which have leached into groundwater and are known to contain countless hazardous chemicals
While it’s true that most of the health risks caused by these substances are the result of prolonged exposure to high levels of them, consuming any amount of these substances is not ideal. Most people want provide their family with the highest quality water possible. One of the best ways to remove impurities from your water is a carbon water filtration system.
Since there are several types of water treatment issues, there are different solutions. One of the first steps to solving water treatment issues is water filtration. Water filtration systems are designed to remove various contaminants from the water. This filtration can occur as the water enters the home, as in whole house filtration systems or it can occur at the point of use, like a kitchen faucet water filter.
Removing impurities is important to the efficiency and reliability of the plumbing system as well as the overall health of the occupants of the home. Filtered water has no odor and taste great. Better tasting water promotes more water consumption. Whole house water filtration systems have the added benefit of treating all the water coming into the house. Water used for showers, cooking, and laundry are free of impurities as well as the drinking water. Water is absorbed by the skin and lungs and water impurities may cause skin irritation or increase breathing problems.
To eliminate many water quality issues, Abacus recommends whole house water filtration to remove contaminants and chemicals in your homes plumbing system. Whole house water filters are different from water softeners. Water filters may not eliminate scale build-up, but they will reduce many kinds of contaminants. If the water in your home is cloudy, smells or tastes bad, or irritates your skin, then a whole house water filtration system should solve your problem. A filtration system can last for many years and it doesn’t need maintenance.