Today, we will be talking about how to improve the water quality at your home and provide you with actionable steps to achieve that.
Water quality is a global issue. Today, almost everyone is trying to survive these contaminated water conditions. Sometimes, people tend to use dirty water without even knowing the bad water quality, which is alarming. In such disturbing conditions, it is essential to ensure that the water quality at your home is good enough for your and your family’s health. However, luckily there are several ways to improve the water quality on your own.
This article will talk about all the possible ways to improve the water quality at home in detail, so you and your family can stay safe from contaminated water.
Ways to Improve the Water Quality at Your Home
1. Using Water Filters
The most common way to improve the water quality at home is the use of water filters. If you want the drinking water at your home to be completely safe, water filters are your way to go. Good quality water filters remove almost all the pollutants, including chlorine, cancer-causing agents like arsenic, and other contaminants. Lesser contact with these diseases carrying elements allows you to live longer and healthier.
With water filters installed in your home, the drinking water will taste and smell better. Not just that, you can also use this filtered water while cooking food. When used for bathing or other purposes, Contaminated water can cause skin problems, so if the filters purify the whole water supply in your home, feel free to use it to keep yourself clean.
How does a water filter work?
Different water filters work differently but serve the same purpose of improving water quality. Generally, water filters either have a physical barrier to filter out pollutants, or a biological or chemical process is used to purify the water.
Water filters that use a chemical or biological process to purify water are better for use at home. There is a wide range to choose from, including sediment filters, granular activated carbon filters, active carbon block filters, UV disinfection filters, and many more.
We suggest you get an activated carbon filter for household use, as it comes with several benefits. Activated carbon has a large surface that allows it to purify water to the fullest. Along with that, such filters are also great for the removal of any unpleasant odors in water.
2. Using Water Aerators
Water Aerators are different from water filters, as the primary purpose of an aerator is to remove and reduce volatile organic compounds and dissolved gases such as radon, methane, hydrogen sulfide. Moreover, it raises the pH level of water, along with separating components like manganese and iron.
If you live in an industrial area or somewhere near such a place, a water aerator is a must-have. You can use filters to remove other harmful elements, but it wouldn’t help with the gases dissolved in water.
How Does a Water Aerator Work?
Water Aerators provide Aeration treatment, in which a large amount of air is passed through the water. This air then vents outside of the aerator. This way, all the dissolved gases, and solvents are released from water molecules and vent out along with the air.
For the elements such as manganese and iron, the air passed through the water moves these components, solidifying them, which then precipitates out of the water.
You can easily find simple open holding tank aerators for household use, but you might need some expert help with their installation. Otherwise, the whole process is effortlessly easy; however, don’t forget to keep the aerator clean to avoid any build-up that may affect the water quality.
3. Boiling the Water Before Use
Boiling drinking water should be standard practice even if you think the water supply in your home is not contaminated at all. You can never be sure about the presence of bacteria and other microorganisms that can harm your body. These bacteria and viruses can cause severe stomach and intestinal problems such as diarrhea, ulcer, and cramping.
You cannot rely upon filters and aerators regarding these microorganisms either, as the only way to purify the water from such organisms is by boiling it. Most of these microorganisms cannot survive a temperature near 212o F. In fact, no organism can stay in water at a temperature above 160oF.
Boiling water doesn’t mean that you have to bring the water to its boiling point and turn the stove off immediately. Instead, make sure you let the water boil for a few minutes taking it off the stove. Also, ensure that you pass the water through a strainer before drinking for extra purification.
4. Maintenance of Pipes and Plumbing
Some people tend to ignore the maintenance of the pipes and plumbing in their homes. This ignorance can cost you your health, as unmaintained pipelines can contaminate your drinking water. Pipes are made out of different materials, such as iron, copper, or PVC/PEX. When not maintained properly, all these materials can cause the water quality to go downhill, making regular maintenance essential.
The corrosion and rusting of the pipelines are usually the primary reason behind the contamination of drinking water. Other than this, leaking pipes can also be a reason why your drinking water is contaminated. Even minor leaks can allow contaminants to enter the drinking water without letting you know.
If you are one of those people, who find it unnecessary to have the pipes and plumbing of your house checked, it’s time for you to change this habit.
5. Flush Your House’s Pipes
Flushing the pipes is as necessary as any other thing, especially if you left your house empty for a week or longer. When the water isn’t used, it simply sits in the pipes and can get stagnant. Not just that, still water can also collect contaminants and debris.
It’s easy to flush the pipes; let all the taps in your house run for a few minutes. You can also run the shower, flush the toilets, and run the dishwasher. This way, all the contaminated or stagnant water will be flushed, and better quality water will be available for use.
6. Use of Water Softeners
Last but not least, the use of water softeners is also a great idea, especially if you are tired of using hard water that is harsh on the skin and bad for health. If you drink hard water for a more extended period of time, it may cause some serious digestive issues.
Water softeners help in removing minerals such as magnesium and calcium from the water. Removal of these hard minerals doesn’t only aid your health, but it’s also suitable for in-house plumbing.
Softened water is gentle on the skin, tastes better, and does not ruin the pipes. So, get the water supply in your house tested and start the use of a water softener, if needed.
What significant factors can affect water quality?
Now that we have talked about all possible ways to improve the water quality at home, it’s time to learn some significant factors that affect water quality. Some of these factors happen naturally, while others can be due to negligence.
1. The amount of water you use
Surprisingly enough, the amount of water you use, i.e., the amount of water that passes through the pipes every day, has a significant effect on the water quality. Overuse of water can cause the whole water system to strain, which directly impacts the water quality.
Not just that, if left unattended, the matter can get worse, and you might end up spending bucks on older wastewater treatment. This doesn’t only cost a lot but also isn’t as healthy as freshwater. Excessive use of water doesn’t only affect one house, but the whole community as the underground water levels lower down, and there is less good quality water available for use.
2. Environmental pollution
It’s not like environmental pollution cannot be controlled; it’s just about how much we as a community prioritize it. Most people ignore the fact that dumping grease, oil, detergents, and other chemical-loaded products in water can drop its quality and pollute it.
For the availability of better water quality, switching to eco-friendly soaps and detergents can be a significant step. Not just that, you also need to stop dumping that leftover oil or grease in the kitchen sink. The best solution to this issue is to take precautionary measures while we still can.
Sedimentation is, however, a natural occurrence, and it’s near impossible to avoid it entirely, but one can still use filters and other methods to purify sedimented water before use.
The process is usually caused by natural reasons such as the decomposition of microorganisms in water or soil erosion. Erosion and decomposition can cause mineral build-up in water bodies, which is not suitable for health and must be appropriately treated before use.
Can I Test My Well Water at Home?
It’s better to send water samples to a laboratory to get them tested, as the results are authentic and more accurate. However, it doesn’t mean that you cannot test the water quality at home. All you need is a relevant water testing kit, but make sure it’s well-reviewed and reputed, as lousy quality water testing kits can be a waste of money.
Different kits are available for various water tests, but generally, an annual test includes testing the nitrates and coliform bacteria in the water supply. Along with that, testing the presence of arsenic, copper, and lead is also essential.
Before you use any water testing kit, make sure you have read all the instructions carefully. Sometimes people think it’s okay to skip a step because it “seems” unnecessary, resulting in ruining the whole result.
Most testing kits need you to take water samples in a container, ensure that the container you are using is sterilized, as unsterilized containers can also alter the results.
Even though water testing kits make the work more accessible, the results are still not accurate, so it’s better only to use them as a maintenance tool and get your water tested annually by professionals.
Should I Filter My Well Water?
You need to filter the well water. We can never be sure of what’s inside the water. Filtering the well water will only make it safer for use. Water might not have industrial contaminants, but as it comes out of the ground, soil particles and other harmful components may still be present in it.
This is why it is essential to always filter your well water before using it. You might even want to boil this water to make it drinkable, as once again, the presence of bacteria and viruses can never be compromised, and boiling is the best way to get rid of these issues.
Wrapping It Up
As humans, it’s impossible for us to live without clean, good quality water, which is quite a big problem for most people in the world. We all need to follow the necessary measures to make sure the water we are using isn’t harming our bodies. Along with that, we also need to think about the water pollution that’s rising with every passing day. It’s the individual love for the earth that matters and makes a change for both humans and other living organisms in the world.
Ayesha Ahmed is an English Literature graduate. Right now she is working as a teacher as well as a home, DIY writer. Apart from that she is also a home enthusiast who loves learning and writing about different home maintenance topics.