Do you know what’s in the water you drink and use every day? Our tap water here in Chicagoland comes from Lake Michigan and is generally clean. But, that doesn’t mean it’s purified. In fact, recent reports have shown that several water quality issues—including higher-than-recommended levels of lead—continue to plague Chicago area homes. The best way forward is a whole-home water filtration system that both removes potentially harmful contaminants while also softening your water.
In this article, we’ll review the exact nature of our water here in Chicago and why a filtration system makes sense. For a free plumbing inspection or to learn more about your water filtration options, contact our team here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
What’s in your home’s water?
Purify the water your family uses every day
Depending on where your home is, unfiltered tap water could contain trace amounts of contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, prescription medications, and more.
This 2018 Chicago Tribune article raised the alarm about a different threat: lead exposure. The aging infrastructure and piping under many homes here in Chicago has resulted in higher-than-average levels of lead. When service lines are replaced, this problem can often worsen.
In addition to replacing these pipes if possible, homeowners here in Chicagoland should consider adding a whole-home water filtration system to their home to filter out lead. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe threshold for lead exposure.
Soften your home’s hard water
Here in the Chicago metro and all of Northern Illinois, our groundwater resources are considered extremely “hard.” In essence, this means that the mineral content of our water is higher than the national average. While this problem may sound academic, hard water has a number of real impacts on your home that you should know about:
- Hard water is a leading contributor to scale buildup inside of your home’s pipes, water heater, and boiler. Over time, scaling can constrict the flow of water in pipes and disrupt your water heater or boiler’s ability to efficiently heat water.
- The useable life of water-using appliances—such as your dishwasher and washing machine—can be reduced due to the additional wear-and-tear imposed by hard water. In addition, these appliances require more soap to effectively clean your dishes and clothes.
- Hard water causes scale buildup and potential discoloration on faucets, fixtures, sinks, and countertops.
Why add a water filtration system?
Stopgap methods for filtering water just do not work. There’s only so much that the tiny carbon filter in your fridge or in-fridge water carafe can do to purify your drinking water. Units that fit on or under a kitchen sink purify the water used for dishes and cooking, but do nothing for the rest of your home.
Without a whole-home water filtration system, no matter where you get your drinking water, you’re still cooking, washing, and showering with unpurified tap water.
What about bottled water? Well, that not only costs money every time you go to the grocery store, but it carries a high environmental price tag, as well. Bottled water is a significant contributor to landfills and is rarely recycled properly here in the state. In an ironic twist, the improper disposal of plastic bottles can lead to microplastics in our domestic fresh water supplies, further compromising tap water quality. You cannot shower with bottled water, either.
The only way to address the quality of the water used in your home holistically is by upgrading to a whole-home water filtration system. There are several advantages to switching to a whole-home water filtration system. They potentially include:
- Better-tasting water
- Water that is safer to drink
- Softened water that does not harm your pipes, appliances, faucets, or fixtures.
The benefits of upgrading
In addition to purifying the water your family uses everyday, a whole-home water filtration system will provide you with water that:
- Tastes great
- Enhances the natural flavor of cooked meals
- Works properly with soap and detergents for better cleaning
- Leaves your skin and hair feeling great
To learn more about the ways a water filter system can benefit your home, contact our team here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We’re your plumbing repair, service, and installation experts here in the Chicago area. Get a free plumbing inspection by calling us today!