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Strategies for Improving the Water Quality in Your Home

The quality of the water you have coming out of your home’s sinks will depend in large part on where you live and the quality of your municipal water system or groundwater. If you would like to improve your water quality, there are some simple steps you can take as a homeowner to do so.

Here are just a few examples of some simple strategies you can employ to improve the water quality in your home.

Water filters

You can use a water filter at home to remove contaminants from the water. There are many different options for water filters—there are activated carbon filters you can install directly to a faucet, or whole-house water filters that will filter all water that comes into your house. There are also water-filtering pitchers you can purchase. Just make sure you remember to pick a high-quality filter and change it regularly to get the best results.

Maintain your plumbing

If you have old pipes or plumbing features, you are at greater risk of contaminants, including lead. If you stay up to date with good plumbing maintenance, you’ll lower your chances of having these contaminants show up in your water.

Use cold water only for drinking and cooking

Have you ever noticed that hot water appears to contain more contaminants or sediment than cold water? The reason cold water tends to look clearer is that hot water will dissolve some of the sediment and chemicals that exist in your pipes. The result is these contaminants getting mixed with your water supply and showing up in your glass. If you need hot water for drinking, such as for tea, you should heat up cold water instead.

Maintain septic tanks

If you have a septic system on your property, you should make sure you stay on top of septic system maintenance, including regular septic pumping. If the tank is not properly maintained it could begin to overflow, and the excess amount of sewage and dirty water could result in contamination of the groundwater in the area.

Dispose of hazardous wastes appropriately

Certain types of hazardous chemicals and wastes will come with special instructions for disposal. Make sure you follow those instructions and never, say, pour those chemicals down the drain. This could damage your plumbing, affect your water supply and result in some environmental damage on your property.

Clear storm drains

Stormwater is a major supplier of drinking water in municipal water systems. You should do your part to keep these storm drains clear of materials and other debris to avoid contaminants and unwanted items getting into the water supply.

To learn more about some of the best methods of improving the water quality in your home, contact an experienced plumber from PipeMasters today: info@pipemasters.ca or (289) 404-9063.

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