Do You Need a Water Filtration System for Your Home?

water filtration system for your home

Did you know that our tap water here in Chicago is regularly rated as some of the best tasting in the U.S.?

But while experts tend to appreciate the “clean-tasting drink” of our mineral-rich Lake Michigan water, plenty of homeowners around Chicago don’t appreciate the taste, smell, or look of their faucet’s water at all.

Others are just downright suspicious of their Chicago tap water, afraid that it might make them sick – and with stories of lead contamination and chemical leaks dominating the news these days, that’s a reasonable fear!

For anyone who wants to freshen up the taste of their drinking water and protect themselves from chemicals and metals, a water filtration system may be a sound bet.

Why Add a Water Filtration System to Your Home?

It’s important to recognize upfront that no water filtration system is foolproof, and, at this time, you just won’t be able to treat every little thing out of your water.

We should also make clear that the city’s s drinking water has been tested and proven to be safe to consume by just about every metric out there. But while our water supply may be in the clear, it’s important to recognize that there are plenty of other steps that water takes before it flows from a central source into your glass.

Did you know, for instance, that our water is treated for certain germs and bacteria along the way to your tap? And while these chemicals actually make the water we drink safer, they can leave behind an odor and aftertaste that some homeowners find a little off-putting.

Beyond that, it’s also important to remember that our water takes a long and winding route to get to our homes; as fresh water is pumped out to destinations around the city, it passes through not only those purifying points, but countless main lines, as well as the pipes and fixtures in your building.

These many systems all leave their little marks on your drinking water as it passes through them, mostly in the form of metal deposits. So, while our water may be free of lead at its source, many worry that it may become contaminated en route – particularly when you consider that nearly 80 percent of the properties in Chicago are connected to service lines made of lead, according to a 2016 EPA survey.

And it’s not just lead! Our water here in Chicago tends to be packed with metals and minerals, including iron, zinc, manganese, and aluminum. While the presence of these substances is actually to be expected – and none are notably harmful to humans, in the right proportions – they can create a flavor profile or odor that some find unappealing.

What’s more, our mineral-rich water, which is classified as “hard,” can easily lead to deposits building up in your pipes and on your fixtures, which can only lead to more maintenance for you in the long term. Adding a water filtration system in your home can help soften your water, allowing you to save money on replacement parts or repairs down the line.

Which Type of Water Filtration System Is Best?

When you’re ready to add a filtration system to your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional plumber for guidance!

There are all sorts of water filtration systems available, from carbon filters that are able to treat your whole home, to under-the-sink additions, to simple attachments for your faucet. A plumber will be able to test your home’s water supply and quickly and accurately get a feel for your unique plumbing situation, allowing you to make the best decision possible when it comes to treating your water to suit your tastes and needs.

Have any more questions about water purity here in Chicago? Looking for water testing and filtration services today? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with J. Blanton Plumbing! Our team is always here and ready to provide our Chicago neighbors with service or a free estimate, day or night.