Common Questions About Water Purification

September 15, 2022

Homeowners often have questions about water purification. Most of the time, these queries are related to the different filtration options, costs, and maintenance requirements. It's essential to understand the different features and system choices so that you do not get something too small or too large for your needs.

Water purification systems are an attractive option on Long Island. You might like the idea of not having to buy bottled drinking water or reducing the mineral deposits on your shower surfaces, sinks, or dishes due to hard water. At Aqua Doctor, we offer purification and filtration systems. Here are the questions about water purification that you should ask when defining your needs, choosing a product, and learning about maintenance expectations.

What Type of Water Purification System Is Best?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to water issues. If your primary concern is removing chlorine and sediment from drinking water, a reverse osmosis system is best. If you want to remove volatile organic compounds (VOC) and unwanted contaminants like pesticides, you can opt for a whole-house carbon filtration system. Meanwhile, a water distillation system removes all solids from drinking water through an evaporation and condensation cycle. This solution is ideal if you want to purify hard water for drinking.

What Are the Types of Water Filters?

The most common types of water filters include activated carbon, catalytic carbon, mixed materials, UV light, and reverse osmosis membranes.

  • Activated carbon filters can contain coal or sustainable materials like wood or coconut shells that have been charred, but not burned. Certain impurities in the water bind to the carbon so they do not pass through into your pipes.
  • Catalytic carbon works just like activated carbon, but it also binds to chloramine, a substance increasingly used in water treatment because its bacteria-killing properties last longer than chlorine. 
  • Mixed material filters, also known as mixed media filters, use multiple types of filtration to remove specific compounds. They might have gravel, aluminum, and carbon, for example.
  • UV light removes pathogens and bacteria from water by treating it with a strong UV bulb. However, it does not remove chlorine or minerals.
  • Reverse osmosis membranes take out a variety of unwanted toxins while letting water molecules through the semi-permeable filter.

Other options focus on removing specific elements from water.

Do I Need a Whole-House System?

Whole-house filtration systems can remove unwanted chemicals like chlorine and ensure your water is pathogen-free. A whole-house system can provide benefits to anyone, but it can be useful for people with sensitive skin. Treatment chemicals remove unwanted bacteria from water, but they can irritate people with chemical sensitivities. Hard water can likewise cause inflammation or rashes.

A whole-house system can also be effective in dealing with a specific type of bacteria or pollutant. In these cases, a customized system with the right filter can offer protection.

Is Drinking Water Filtration a Good Investment?

Drinking water purification systems, like those that use reverse osmosis, are very attractive from a convenience perspective. You can get drinking water right from your sink or a special dispenser next to the faucet. It can also make sense financially. If you rely solely on bottled water for drinking and cooking, you will likely save money in the long run. After installation, the system only needs periodic filter changes, which providers like Aqua Doctor can handle during annual maintenance visits.

Who Should You Choose for Water Purification on Long Island?

Aqua Doctor serves Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We can provide a full range of water treatment, purification, and filtration services. Why choose us? We have the expertise to customize systems to meet your exact needs and 12 years of experience working with the water conditions on Long Island.

If you need answers to your questions about water purification, contact us today.

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