Did you know that tap water in South Carolina is mostly considered ‘soft’? This is due to the water’s dissolved minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. Grand Strand Water and the Sewer Authority supplies the treated tap water to Myrtle Beach, and they state the current average hardness is 54 mg/L. That’s considered soft. Water is considered soft if it contains between 0-60 mg/liter (mg/L), moderately hard if between 61-60 mg/L and hard if between 121-180 mg/L and very hard if more than 180 mg/L. Water filtration systems can change the hardness of water, and they have numerous other benefits.
Despite having ‘soft’ water, a water filter system is still a great choice for many residents. To make sure that you get the best out of a filtration service, you need to ensure that your filter system is safe and clean. Hire a professional water filter system technician and have him test all filters you have installed via a comprehensive water quality test. This inspection will determine if your system can filter out enough of the desired impurities and if it is as efficient as expected.
Two main categories of water filtration systems are available: point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE). The POU systems are reverse osmosis filter systems. POE systems, on the other hand, treat water as soon as it enters the home and includes whole-house filters. Whole-house filters include:
1. Ion Exchange Filters
Ion exchange filtration is the most popular filtration method of all the options available. Hard water doesn’t form foam or lather with soaps and detergents, but you can rely on ion exchange filters to soften water and make it easier to use. It also makes the water more drinkable and digestible, as ion-filtered water is safe to drink. It uses zeolite grains that are sodium-rich to filter and trap impurities in water passing through. These water filtration systems are best if you need a filter that can do multiple tasks.
2. Reverse Osmosis Filters
Reverse osmosis is a process that forces contaminated water through semi-permeable membranes under high pressures. After the water has been filtered under high pressure, contaminants and unclean water are removed from the membrane. Clean water, devoid of lead, pesticides, fluoride, arsenic, and other undesirable compounds, can then flow out of it. Reverse osmosis water filtration systems are quite common, both commercially and residentially in Myrtle Beach, SC. However, the water lost during the filtration makes it far more wasteful than other filtration methods.
3. Activated Carbon Filters
Another popular water purification technique uses activated carbon. Carbon is used in many households as a common filter component. Activated carbon particles effectively filter water by attracting and trapping chemical compounds and impurities through absorption. Carbon filters are considered very efficient, but they can fail to remove some contaminants, such as nitrates. However, they are natural filter mediums. They avoid the use of chemicals and are one of the most affordable filters found in water filtration systems.
4. UV Water Purifiers
Ultraviolet water purifiers destroy all microorganisms in water. However, they are not very efficient at filtering out chemical pollutants, cysts, spores and spores. Their flexible intensity and compact nature make them great for tight spaces though. Plus, there’s no internal moving parts or chemicals to worry about if you’re using a UV water purifier.
The simplest and most straightforward method of water filtration uses distillation. This is a relatively primitive method of water filtration that was used widely before more sophisticated water filtration systems were developed. Water distillation involves boiling water to kill any bacteria or viruses lurking in it. The water is then chilled and stored in a clean container until it’s ready to be consumed.
Regardless of which water filter you choose to use in Myrtle Beach, SC, there are benefits to note across all types of filtration devices:
Water Filtration Has Massive Environmental Benefits
Bottled water is a widely-accepted source of pollution. It takes 300 years for plastic bottles to break down and it wastes a lot of water. You can help the environment by filtering your tap water at home or work.
Cost-Effective Water Filtering
Water filters are much more affordable than buying bottled water. Bottles can also be less eco-friendly due to their plastic production. Most bottled water comes from tap water, you are only paying for the plastic housing. Installing professional water filtration systems across your property will save you money and allow you to drink higher-quality water on demand. You won’t ever need to dash to the store to purchase more bottled water, and over time the initial cost of the filter is outweighed by the savings made by not regularly purchasing additional bottles.
Water Impurities Can Be Removed by Filtration
Water filtration removes harmful contaminants and impurities from water. Water filters still retain important minerals like magnesium, fluoride, and calcium. They prevent you from exposure to toxic substances and allow you to intake only healthy minerals. Water filters can also prevent lime-scale from occurring.
Filtered Water Tastes & Smells Better
Filtering water removes impurities, which makes it taste and smell more pleasant. Filtered water has a more refreshing and improved flavor, which leads to a greater sense of satisfaction. Unfiltered tap water can taste and smell like chlorine. Distilled, bottled water has many essential minerals removed, so it tastes very bland in comparison.
Water Filtration Enhances Your Health
Water filtration systems can be beneficial for your health. There are many health benefits associated with water filtration, including better skin hydration and nutrition absorption, weight loss, detox, improved digestion, and a lower risk of developing cancer. Pure water can support your immune system and mental function.
Water Filters Are Low Maintenance
Water filter systems are easy to use, durable, and simple to replace. Filter replacement is recommended as little as once per year for whole-house filtration systems. For more information about our water filtration systems and water quality services for your Myrtle Beach, SC, home, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach.