A Closer Look at the Water Filtration Process

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A Closer Look at the Water Filtration Process

A water filtration system in Belmont, NC is designed to remove harmful and troublesome contaminants, including coal ash, sediments, and toxins from the home’s water source. These contaminants can not only impact health but also include minerals like magnesium and calcium that leave deposits on dishes and appliances and result in sediment buildup on your heater.

The water filtration experts at Plumbing Connection, an award-winning plumber in Belmont, NC, offer a range of water filtration methods that ensure your water is safe enough for cooking, cleaning and drinking. Here is a closer look at some of the most popular water filtration processes:

Water Softening

A water softener system is a type of filtration system that removes minerals and even acids and metals in hard water. The term hard water refers to water with a mineral content of over 60 milligrams of magnesium and calcium per liter.

Water softeners use what’s known as an ion exchange system containing resin beads. These beads collect magnesium and calcium by exchanging them for potassium or sodium. When the beads are full, a high-concentrate potassium or salt solution rinses them and flows down the drain in the form of a chloride solution.

Sediment Filtration

Sediment filtration is a common water conditioning application that often works along with activated carbon filters and reverse osmosis systems. A sediment filter is similar to a sieve with a micron-level rating. Its primary job is to catch particles of sand, dirt, rust, debris, dust or heavy metals.

Reverse Osmosis Filtration

Reverse osmosis employs a semi-permeable membrane that filters out both large particles and contaminants like salt, chlorine, calcium, mercury, lead and dirt at a molecular level to produce clean drinking water. Reverse osmosis can remove as much as 99 percent of contaminants, including minerals and bacteria. 

Point of Use and Point of Entry Systems

Point of use filtration systems, typically reverse osmosis, are water treatment services often done directly at one water connection, such as under a kitchen countertop. Point of entry systems are installed where water comes into the house. These systems can process high volumes according to a variety of filtering methods and last for years between filter changes.

Many homes have a combination of both, such as a high-volume carbon filter and a softener system for the whole house and a reverse osmosis installation in the kitchen for cooking and washing.

Plumbing Connection is a locally-owned and -operated plumbing expert, providing professional, timely and affordable water filtration services for the region for over 25 years. For reliable solutions to hard water issues, contact us today.

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