Water quality is an important concern for homeowners. You may think that you only need to worry about the water that you are drinking, but damage from the buildup of scale and mineral deposits can damage your fixtures, not to mention the water heater. Not to fear, there are full house water conditioning systems that treat any water coming out of your faucets.
When asked about why homeowners might want to consider a system like this John Miles, manager of Bakersfield’s Roto-Rooter explained, “One of the biggest reasons that we see someone want a water conditioning system [is] because of the chlorine that most city waters contain. These systems eliminate almost all of the chlorine through the activated carbon filter they have. One of the benefits of getting rid of the chlorine is that the water tastes better and the body isn’t absorbing chlorine when you shower. When you wash your clothes it’s like putting chlorine in your clothes,” which can cause them to wear out faster.
Miles also said, “Systems like this can help homeowners to avoid scale and corrosion to faucets, shower heads, and even inside your water heater. This is important because water heaters can be an expensive replacement. The system installs easily, dissolves and prevents scale and inhibits corrosion, all without chemicals or electricity. And for homeowners who have a pool or spa, this water conditioning system can help reduce the need for harsh chemicals to keep the water clean and improve the clarity of the water.” He recommends a system like the Halo 5, which runs water through 5 stages, including activated carbon, a filter, and an ion water conditioner which can also help to remove odors.
An important difference between water conditioners and water softeners is that you are not adding salt to the water, which is not good for you. There’s also no maintenance because you do not need to keep adding chemicals or materials to the system, which lasts about 10 years. Miles also said, “The other thing about the Halo 5 system is that once a week it cleans itself… so you don’t have contaminants building up inside that system.”
These systems are about the size of your water heater and can be installed close to where the water comes into the house, or even in the garage. He said some homeowners like to have them installed out of sight, on the side of the house and that “in some cases we’ve dug a hole and buried them in the ground, and the homeowner can put decorative rocks over it.”
If you’re not quite ready to install a whole-house conditioner, there are also smaller systems that can go under the kitchen sink, so that you have chlorine-free tap water for drinking. This can eliminate the need to purchase bottled water, if that’s what you typically rely on for drinking water at home. However, this won’t protect all the faucets in your home from the buildup of mineral deposits.
If you have concerns about the quality of your water, a whole house conditioning system is a great way to ensure that the everything coming out of your faucets is safe and clean.