Do You Need a Whole House Water Filter in WNC?

Whole House Water Filter Benefits
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Here in Western North Carolina, water wells can house natural and unnatural contaminates. While most well water is safe to drink and cook with, natural minerals like calcium, sodium and magnesium can build up over time and cause complications within your home, even if they pose no threat to your person.

What is a Whole-House Water Filter?

A whole house water filter is a system that is added to the main water line of your home. The filtration system filters every ounce of water that enters your home, ensuring each faucet, showerhead, and even washing machine is clean and filtered. There are 5 primary types of whole house water filters, all of which provide a solution to a different contaminant or water quality issue.

  1. Water Softener Systems – solves issues like hard water, and is one of the most common filter types used in our local mountains. This system uses “ion exchange” to neutralize minerals like calcium and magnesium, effectively removing them from your water.
  2. Ultraviolet Purification Systems – is an excellent solution if you have concerns about living organisms, bacteria, parasites, or fungi in your water. The UV lights damage the DNA of living organisms and virtually eliminate their ability to spread or grow.
  3. Sediment Filter Systems – An extremely effective and common solution to tram and remove dirt, sand, clay and rust flecks from your water.
  4. Carbon Filters Systems – These filters are designed to remove chlorine from water, and are commonly used for city-water lines. Most municipal water supplies use chlorine to ill bacteria in water and water pipes, so this system uses activated carbon to draw chlorine or chloramines out of your drinking water.
  5. Acid Neutralizer Systems – use a mineral called calcite (high in calcium and alkalinity) to neutralize acidic water and raise the pH levels to a 7 or higher. Neutralizing acidity will help protect your health, but also prevent damage to your pipes and appliances (issues like corrosion, leaks, and green-blue stains in your sinks, tubs and toilets).

How Will a Whole House Water Filter Benefit Me?

Here in the great Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, we have a surplus of minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium; paired with common well-water sediment. Since water is essential to life, and used for everything, it’s important to understand that a surplus lurking elements within your water can have a serious impact on your health and home. Even if your water seems relatively perfect, mineral deposits can still wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing and appliances over time. So, what will a whole house water filter solve?

Healthier Baths and Showers

A clogged showerhead due to prolonged mineral deposits

Contaminated water isn’t just bad for your insides, it’s also unhealthy for your skin, hair, and showerheads. Have you ever seen a white buildup lingering on your showerhead, even though only “clean” water passes through there? That’s most commonly a surplus of calcium depositing within your pipes, showerhead, and skin. Minerals and chemicals deposited onto your skin can cause irritation and dryness; while a whole house water filter would solve that issue with a thorough water softening system.

Longer Life for Plumbing and Appliances

Minerals in your water leave a clear residue and build up in ANY location water automatically flows. Let’s think about how many various locations water enters and disperses throughout your home:

  • within your pipes,
  • plumbing system,
  • faucets,
  • garbage disposal,
  • ice maker and refrigerator,
  • dishwasher,
  • washing machine,
  • clothes dryers (if a steam component is present),
  • toilets,
  • showerheads,
  • and more

Wouldn’t it be great if all these necessary items could last longer? If you’re allowing chemical and mineral deposits to build within these important and EXPENSIVE systems, you’re causing serious damage. Without a whole house water filter, your appliances can be expected to lose 30-50% of their life expectancy.

ApplianceAverage Lifespan
(years)
Lifespan with Hard Water
(years)
Electric water heater136.5
Gas water heater115.5
Dishwasher107
Washing machine117.7
Toilet6.52
Faucets95.4
According to a study from the Water Quality Association: https://homewater101.com/hard-water-really-costing

Safer Drinking Water with a Whole House Water Filter

And finally, the most obvious benefit to using a whole house water filter is: cleaning out contaminates for drinking and cooking. Even if your water comes from a treatment facility (instead of a well), a water filter is vital to removing chemicals like fluoride and chlorine (added to Asheville, North Carolina’s water since 1965—reference).

Are you ready to install your whole house water filter? Call Price Well & Pump today.

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