Everybody wants to have the best water quality possible in their home, but many people don’t know how to fix water quality issues.
In this article, we explore eight simple ways that you can up your water quality standards.
1) Check Your Plumbing
This is especially important if you live in an older home. It is easy for pipes to corrode as they age. Have a professional come out and check the pipes throughout your house. This is especially necessary if your water begins to taste “off” or you notice that it does not look clear.
2) Test Your Water
There is a water quality index that looks at trace levels of contaminants from lead to radiation to pesticides. It is recommended that you bring in a professional to test your water. You can buy a “do it yourself” kit if you are curious rather than concerned.
3) Water Filtration System
No matter where your water is coming from, water filters can remove any impurities that originate in the pipes of your home. There are many options for filters, from a faucet purifier to a whole-house system. As a bonus, water filters make your water taste better too!
4) Flush The Pipes
This is important if your house is empty for a long period of time. If water just sits in the pipes, it gets stagnant and collects debris and contaminants.
When using water in a house that has been empty for a week or longer, let the water run for two minutes. Things like doing the laundry, running a shower, flushing a toilet and running the dishwasher are also options to get the water moving again.
5) Use Cold Water
Avoid hot water for drinking and cooking. High temperatures make contaminants and bacteria dissolve into your water. Cold water isolates these troublemakers, which means you’re less likely to ingest them.
6) Faucet Aerators
Faucet aerators are the screens at the end of your faucet. They are the last line of defense for most household water consumption. These screens can have a significant amount of build up that affects water quality, flow, pressure, and taste.
This is a pretty easy fix for most homeowners, as they typically just screw in and out. You can replace the full aerator for less than two dollars apiece, or just replace the screen itself for as cheap as fifty cents apiece.
7) Water Heaters
Drain your water heater at least once a year, twice if it gets used a lot. Draining the heater removes metals, sediment and bacteria that can build up on the tank of the water heater. This also improves water pressure!
8) Water Softener
Water softeners remove hard minerals like calcium and magnesium from water before it enters your house. This helps both you and your in-house plumbing! Softened water does not wear on pipes like hard water does. Softened water is also very gentle on your skin and is much better tasting.