Plumbing upgrades can be costly and stressful. When you purchase or build a house, getting an inspection and water test completed is a typical part of the process. However, passing the water test doesn’t mean your water is high-quality or fit for consumption.
Here are seven signs you need a water filtration system to protect your health and home.
You Drink Tap Water
If you drink water from your tap, you should have some form of water filtration system in place. This consideration applies even if you’re on a municipal system with treated water. Filtering your drinking water adds another level of protection from contaminants and toxins. While having pre-treated water provides a nice sense of security, things can and do go wrong at treatment centers.
Talk to a plumber about installing a water filtration system for your drinking water. This simple upgrade adds value to your home, cuts costs on bottled water, and protects your health. Your plumbing expert can put in a filter for the whole house or add a small drinking water tap to your kitchen sink.
Your Drains are Rusty or Limescaled
Limescale and rust around the drains and faucets are another sign that you could use a water filter—many people who have hard water at home experience these issues. Even if you don’t drink tap water, it’s still important to put a filtration system in place to protect the longevity of your plumbing system.
If you notice these issues around the drains, then it’s guaranteed that the internal pipes are similarly affected. The build-up of rust and limescale will cause your pipes to degrade faster and could lead to expensive repairs.
Your Laundry Gets Discolored
Another frustrating sign that you need a water softener or filtration system is discolored laundry. If you notice your colors fading quickly and whites coming out dingy or stained, it’s time to call the plumber. Hard water will cause clothing to fall apart faster, ruining your favorites and driving up your clothing budget.
You Have an Older Home
If you purchase an older home— typically 30 years or more— you’ll likely need a filtration system. Many older homes predate legislation around lead pipes, which could put your health and longevity at risk. While replacing the entire plumbing system is something to consider, adding a filtration system to protect your household from lead poisoning is a step you should take immediately.
Your Dishes Have Residue
If your dishes come out of the dishwasher with a white residue, it’s likely not the soap causing the problem. This issue also indicates excess minerals in the water. In addition to being a pain to re-wash the dishes, this problem will also drive up your utility costs. Furthermore, it can make your dishes more brittle and prone to breakage.
Your Skin and Hair are Dry
If your hair feels dry and awful after showering, you likely need a water filter. Excess minerals in the water do a lot of damage to skin and hair. If you color treat your hair, this issue could also cause discoloration or quick fading.
Rather than spending extra money at the salon or buying hair and skincare products, invest in a water filter. You’ll notice a significant difference in your skin and hair texture, as well as your confidence and budget.
You See and Smell the Water
Your water should be clear and free of debris. If you notice a slight discoloration or floaty bits, there’s a problem. Hard water also tends to have an odor. Healthy water is clear and odor-free.
Investing in a water filtration system improves your health, the value of your home, and your peace of mind. Reach out to a skilled plumber to help you determine the best path forward.