Why Get a Water Filtration System?

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As a Columbia homeowner, you invest thousands of dollars in your plumbing system. But how much money have you spent improving the quality of your drinking water?

Installing a high-tech toilet, steam shower, and touchless faucets may tremendously improve how you experience water in your Maryland home, but they do not enhance water quality.

Replacing corroded pipes with new plumbing goes a long way toward keeping rust and particulate matter from your water but does not guarantee your drinking water will be free of chemicals, metals, and organisms.

A whole-house water filtration system is the only way to screen out unwanted elements before they enter your Columbia plumbing system. It can improve water taste and clarity by removing impurities at your main water supply line, “softening” the water by eliminating specific metals and keeping particulate matter from your plumbing.

How Clear Is My Water?

Our water treatment experts at Ken Griffin Plumbing can recommend ways to improve the water from your private well or the municipal supply. Stains and odors can provide clues to the contents of your water, but testing can help us accurately identify chemicals, metals, and organisms. 

We take a whole-house approach by installing the appropriate filter on your main water line, close to where the water supply enters your Columbia home. The filter or combination of filters screens out contaminants before they reach your water heater, sink faucets, or shower.  

Why Would I Need Water Filtration?

A filter captures particles that otherwise end up in the water you use for cooking, bathing, washing, and drinking. Here are some reasons to consider installing a water filtering system in your home:

  • Water that contains too much manganese may leave a black stain on your fixtures and a metallic taste in your mouth. 
  • Cloudy water may indicate the presence of sediment. 
  • Iron in well water or corroded pipes may cause reddish-orange stains and taste metallic. Bacteria can grow on iron in the water and create a slime that builds up in plumbing, toilets, and appliances. 
  • Lead can contaminate your water as it leaches out of corroded city water supply pipes or lead plumbing in your home. 

No all-purpose filter exists that screens out all contaminants. You may need more than one kind of filter to address your needs. Our qualified pros at Ken Griffin Plumbing can install the appropriate filters or recommend a combination of filters and other treatment systems, such as water softeners or ultraviolet (UV) lights. 

Water softeners reduce the amount of calcium and magnesium in the water, averting scale that can leave spots on fixtures, utensils, and glassware and buildup in your appliances and water heater. Ultraviolet lights kill viruses, bacteria, and microorganisms, including contaminants that resist chlorine disinfection.

A point-of-use system, such as reverse osmosis, can be installed under your kitchen sink. It removes lead, bacteria, metals, and viruses from the water before it exits the faucet.

Do I Need Water Filtration for City Water?

Municipal water systems must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water quality standards. However, accidents, mistakes made during treatment, corroded supply lines, and natural incidents, such as flooding, can lead to tainted water.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says fertilizer and pesticides, industrial animal farms, manufacturing operations, sewer overflows, stormwater, wildlife, and cracks in water supply pipes are among the sources of drinking water pollution.

The CDC also notes that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS can contaminate drinking water sources. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment. They can accumulate and taint soil, wildlife, and water. 

Water filtration can screen out PFAS contaminants, and a reverse osmosis system can eliminate the need to boil water after a flood. 

A whole-house water filtration system can give you peace of mind when you turn on the faucet. You will drink tap water confidently after treating it for harmful metals, chemicals, and bacteria. 

Take Control of Your Water Today

Let our experts at Ken Griffin Plumbing recommend a water treatment solution for your Columbia, MD home. Your health and comfort are our priority. Call us at 410-992-5875 or request service online.   

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