Considering the thousands of pollutants that are already treated with equally harmful chemicals, growing concern about the quality of your water is well-justified. With that being said, the safety of your water is one of the best things you can improve for your own health, and the health of your local community. To take some important steps toward cleaner, safer water, follow these Complete Comfort pro tips to improve your water quality.
Tips to Improve Your Water Quality at the Source
Before you invest in a pricey and complicated home filtration system, you should consider what you can do to improve the water quality at the source. The more you can do to improve the water at the source, the less you will have to do to that water when it reaches your home. To better illustrate our point, here are some tips to improve your water at the source:
Keep Materials Out of Storm Drains
With all the pesticides and fertilizer runoff from our yards, we do not need to dump more harmful materials into our storm drains. Make it a priority to regularly clean storm drains and curbsides in your neighborhood of trash and debris.
Avoid Mowing Near Ponds and Streams
You can help support the health of your local water source by not mowing near ponds and streams. Because the tall grasses, shrubs, and trees around ponds provide an important protective buffer against erosion, stormwater runoff, and other pollutants, mowing over them leaves the pond and stream water vulnerable to contamination. Also, these plants and vegetation provide a habitat for mosquito-eating amphibians, fish, birds, and insects. In short, removing this plant life can make a deep and negative impact on a delicate ecosystem.
Take Your Car to the Car Wash
To avoid contaminating your local water source with soapy water runoff, opt for cleaning your car at a car wash, instead of in the street or your driveway.
Pick Up After Your Dog
Not only does it make you a bad neighbor to leave little gifts from your dog around your neighborhood, but it makes you a contributor to runoff pollution of your local water source. Pick up after your dog to keep harmful fecal bacteria from contaminating water supplies and aquatic ecosystems.
Don’t Be a Litterbug
Like a negligent dog owner, it should go without saying that nobody likes a litterbug. Curbside litter is washed down storm drains and into aquatic ecosystems daily. Harboring biofilms that encourage the growth of harmful bacteria, this trash can wreak havoc on your local water source. Commit to keeping your property and the area surrounding it litter-free to avoid contributing to this water pollution.
Decrease Your Use of Toxic Pesticides and Fertilizers
There are plenty of more environmentally-friendly alternatives to many of the fertilizers and pesticides you might be using in your yard. If you must use fertilizers or pesticides, make sure they stay on your lawn and out of the gutter. This can be accomplished by adding water-absorbing features to your yard, such as rain gardens, gravel trenches, or berms and swales. You could also opt for a rain barrel to collect rainwater that can be used later. We also recommend staying away from RAID for ants and opting for a less toxic borax solution instead.
Tips to Improve Your Water Quality at Home
Now that you know how to do your part to improve water on a local community scale, here are some ways you can improve the quality of water in your own home.
Invest in a Filtration System for Your Drinking Water
There are many water filtration options on the market, from countertop filters to whole-home systems. Here are some options to consider for your home:
- Countertop Water Filters
This is a cheap and easy-to-install option to purify your household drinking water. Many of the most highly-reviewed countertop water filters can be found on Amazon.com and installed without the help of a professional.
- Under-the-Sink Water Filters
Unlike the popular reverse osmosis filters, under sunk filters don’t produce wastewater. Offering a more environmentally-friendly solution and easy installation, this is another good solution to improve your home’s drinking water.
Install a Whole-House Filtration System
If you are looking for ways to purify your household water supply, rather than just your drinking water, you should look at some whole-house filtration systems. Here are some options to consider:
- Activated Carbon Filtration
As the most common type of filter, this system uses activated charcoal that creates a porous material used to bind and remove toxins and impurities from your water. We recommend using an activated carbon filtration system with a salt-free softener, copper-zinc and mineral stone, and UV for the most thorough filtration.
- Ion Exchange Filtration
Consider using an ion exchange filtration system to remove hard water and radioactive material. As the name implies, this type of system exchanges one type of ion for another to purify your water. While effective in removing hard water, an ion exchange filter does not remove organic material, particles, or bacteria as effectively as other filters.
- Reverse Osmosis Filtration
Reverse osmosis filters are the best in removing a large percentage of contaminants. This system uses pressure to push water through the reverse osmosis membrane. These contaminants stay on one side of the filter, while fresh water is pushed to the other side. Contrary to other systems, a reverse osmosis filtration system can remove water-soluble contaminants like fluoride. However, some cons of this filtration system are the large quantities of water it uses and the slower filtration process that can lead to decreased water pressure.
- Mechanical Filtration
Mechanical filtration is best for removing physical particles and waste matter. This system uses pads, synthetic foam, or nylon floss to filter waste material from water as it flows through a mechanical filter. Unlike the other filtration systems, this type of system is mostly used as a pre-filtration tool.
- Ultra Violet Filtration
An ultra violet filtration system uses UV filters with different frequencies of ultraviolet light to clean water. Once these frequencies are produced, DNA in microbial cells absorb the UV light, killing all bacteria and viruses in the water. This filtration system only removes bacteria and viruses, so it should be used conjunction with other types of filters to remove other contaminants like chlorine, lead, and pesticides.
Invest in a Water Softener System
Designed to treat and remove hard water conditions, water softeners filter out mineral deposits and calcium. In addition to reducing the damage done to your shower and sink appliances, a water softener system can improve water flow and pressure, increase the longevity of your water and dryer, and improve the efficiency of your water heater. If this is a solution you are looking for, here are some types of systems to consider:
- Salt Free
As the most popular type of softener system, a salt free softer does not require the use of chemicals, potassium, or salt. Although this system allows the water minerals to remain unaffected, it may not be as effective on very hard water.
- Reverse Osmosis
Like a reverse osmosis filtration system, a reverse osmosis water softener system removes impurities by using pressure to push them through a semi-permeable membrane.
- Ion Exchange
Also like its water filtration counterpart, an ion exchange water softener system exchanges the ions causing the water hardness with sodium or potassium ions to soften the water. Because of the high sodium levels involved in the softening process, this system is not recommended for drinking water.
As a final option, a magnetic water softener system removes hard water by using magnets in or around water pipes to alter the water through a magnetic field. While this can be an effective immediate solution, the water will turn back to hard water within 48 hours after leaving the magnetic field.
What Else Can You Do for Your Water Quality?
Allow the Complete Comfort experts to help! Our team knows that your quality of life is only as good as the quality of your water. If you are ready to take some action in improving your water, give us a call today at (317) 671-7552 or fill out a service request form on our website!