Water Filtration around Kansas City08/15/2016Have you ever tasted water coming out of the faucet that just didn’t taste right? Maybe you couldn’t put your finger on what was different about it. Or maybe even the water tasted dirty, or had a hint of chlorine or fluoride in it. Clean water is a luxury we take for granted here in the United States. U.S. tap water is some of the cleanest on Earth, generally safe from the microbes and chemicals that are unfortunately found in others drinking water around the planet. And though the vast majority of our drinking water is impeccably clean, especially compared to other less-fortunate countries, our drinking water is not perfect and impurities can be found in it. An easy way to combat these impurities in your water is through a home water filtration system. Water filtration is an important step to take to ensure that the water supply in your home is cleaner, healthier, and better tasting. With these filters impurities in your water can be gone quickly and simply just by turning on your faucet. Polestar Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning can provide professional expertise in water filtration and cleanliness, and both install and service your home water filtration system. Before ordering a water filtration system for your home, it’s important to figure out exactly what containments and impurities you have coming out of your faucet first. A seasoned professional should be able to tell you this information. You could also request a Consumer Confidence Report, which states the levels of contaminants detected in the water and how that compares to the EPA's drinking water standards. The EPA requires your local water provider to make this report available to its consumers every July. Just ask for a copy, and see what exactly is in your water. This is important because you can match the water filtration system to the impurities in your water, directly combating the problem. When deciding on a specific filter, consider the amount of tap water you use on a daily basis in your home as well as the specific impurities in your water. Filters can range roughly from $20-$1,800 for the high-end models, so figuring out which one fits you and your family perfectly is important. This is something else a seasoned professional should be able to help you with. We understand that sometimes your budget is tight, but you shouldn’t have sacrifice clean drinking water in lieu of saving a few dollars. For this you can check out a sport filtered water bottle. This is a water bottle which includes its own filter on the top, removing unpleasant odors and tastes as well as more importantly harmful bacteria and pathogens before you drink the water. Economical and handy, you can take this with you on the go, ensuring you’ll always be drinking clean water. An issue that is very relevant to us here in the Kansas City area is the influx of hard water in our daily drinking water. Hard water, though a common issue, is a result of the dissolved minerals calcium, magnesium and manganese. The increased mineral content hardens the water, which causes minor health risks, but is a serious problem in industrial settings where they increase the rust and scum of appliances. What is the solution to hard water? Water softeners are an integral part of the water filtration system. They remove impurities the water picks up when it is in the earth, and while in the piping system on the way into your home. Hard water can prevent things from running at maximum efficiency. This is what leaves the residue on dishes after the dishwasher has run, or leaves the film in the bathtub after the water has drained out of it. Water softeners can help eliminate this problem, allowing your appliances a longer and more efficient lifespan. The way a water softener works is by flushing the hard water through the tank and the minerals which are in the water are removed by the beads in the tank. As the water moves through the tank the minerals from the water are replaced with sodium from the salt inside the tank. When the water is called for it does not have the minerals from the earth, but it does swap those minerals for some sodium. Are there any options that don’t put sodium in the water? A Scale Blaster is a tool put on the main water line entering the home. It sends a scientifically-developed signal through the pipe to dissolve the lime scale and remove any deposits in the pipes. With the lime scale removed from the pipes, it will protect all of the water-based appliances in the home. This is a great solution to hard water that does not involve a big tank like the water softener, and it also does not put sodium into the water. If you would like more information on hard water, what it is, and how we can help you get rid of it, feel free to give us a call. We can be reached at (913) 432-3342 or at www.polestarplumbing.com. We’d love to hear from you!