If you’ve been on the hunt for better quality water in your home, you’re likely thinking about more structural changes for water purification. There are a few non-structural habits that can help - for example, using cold tap water rather than hot - but for the most part, purifying your home’s water supply will more likely require a deeper dive into home repair.
Drain Your Water Heater
The water heater is a good first culprit for impure water supply. Water heaters store water for long periods of time, and over that time sediments from the water can build up on the inside of the heater. It is often suggested that you should drain your water heater at least once annually to avoid sediment buildup. If you are pretty handy, you may be able to do this on your own, but if you have other issues with your water heater, ask for help! Breaking your water heater or flooding your basement is an expensive mistake to make.
Use a Filtration System
Installing or upgrading a new filtration system is probably most people’s initial thought for purifying your home’s water supply.You may want to consider hopping on the reverse osmosis trend going around right now.
It’s trending for a reason - reverse osmosis removes up to 99% of particles from your tap water. Whole-home install prices can come with a larger price tag, but there are plenty of more wallet-friendly options as well. An under-the-sink reverse osmosis system, for example, can be installed for $600 or less. And that’s not even the smallest or least expensive option!
Replace Household Plumbing Fixtures
Older homes are very likely to have a lead problem. In the earlier half of the 20th century lead was the metal of choice for pipe construction, and today we know that this can cause problems. It can be cost-prohibitive to redo a home’s entire plumbing system, but there are a few simple methods you can adopt to tackle lead contaminants.
Consider the brass fixtures used in most plumbing pipes - faucets, fittings, valves. Until 2014, these brass fixtures could contain up to 8% lead and still be labeled as lead-free. If you have any of these fittings, it is important to look into the lead content and consider getting them replaced to protect your health.
Purifying your water source is certainly an involved project, but especially for the more home improvement types it can be a fun challenge. In the end, knowing that your water is helping to keep you fit and healthy is reward enough.
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