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When you have white spots on dishes that just came out of the dishwasher, drinking water with an odd taste to it, or clothes that feel stiff when taken out of the dryer, your home most likely has hard water. It occurs due to minerals such as magnesium and calcium that are in the water entering your house. Hard water may cause many problems, like causing an appliance that uses water to break down prematurely, which could be a reason of concern for you. If you want to correct the hard water in your home, consider these filtration methods for a home water softening system.
There are primarily two methods of water filtration that you will hear about. Distillation is a method that has been used for hundreds of years, and was a way that seawater was purified for safe drinking. The method involves boiling your water so that the steam is separated into an additional container. The steam is pure of any contaminants or minerals, which are things that you don't want to have in your drinking water.
Another option is called a reverse osmosis filtration system. It works by forcing water through a membrane that removes the contaminants without having to boil the water.
Pros and Cons of Distillation
Many homeowners like distillation systems because the water it produces can be used with household appliances. The water will not leave behind any mineral deposits or residue that could cause damage. The distillation process also removes fertilizers, herbicides, and other contaminants that could pass through another type of filter.
The biggest disadvantage is that the water that is produced is void of any minerals. You will have to seek out other sources to receive those vital nutrients and minerals that you typically consume through water.
Pros and Cons of Reverse Osmosis
The filtration system is very energy efficient, and does not use much electricity to purify the water. The system is also eco-friendly, since it doesn't produce unnatural byproducts during filtration.
A reserve osmosis systems do produce a lot of waste water in the filtration process. For example, if the system processes between 20-90 gallons of water each day, it may only result in 5 gallons of treated water. Since the wastewater includes impurities, it cannot be used for consumption.
If you are not sure which system is right for your home, speak to a plumber in your area for a consultation. They can recommend and install a water filtration system for you. Contact a business, such as Stephens Plumbing And Heating Inc, for more information.