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Improving Your Home's Water Quality (Part 1 of 2)

Most Central Texans have access to safe, clean water, but just how good is the water in your home? Does it taste “off?” Do you occasionally (or always) find sediment in the bottom of your water glass? Water quality is an important issue for most Americans, and Austin homeowners are no different.

The good news is, there are several Austin plumbing upgrades and home improvement projects that can provide your family with better tasting, safe, clean water.

Install a Water Filter

Regardless where you get your water, municipal supply or a well, adding a filter can help enhance quality and taste. Residential water filtration systems have greatly improved over the years, moving from simple pitcher filters to in-faucet filters, and now, filters that are incorporated directly into your plumbing.

Choose the best type for your family, depending on budget and supply needs.

Faucet Filters

These products simply screw into your existing faucet and act much like the pitcher systems made by companies like Brita. With a more convenient design, faucet filters allow you to fill your drinking water glass directly from the faucet, with several key contaminants eliminated from the water. Maintenance: filter changes. Cost: affordable.

Single Stage Filters

A larger, more advanced version of the faucet filter, single stage water filters are installed at your kitchen sink by a licensed plumber and often come with a separate tap for ease of use. This type of filter removes dirt, sediment and contaminants such as lead, copper, and chlorine. Maintenance: filter changes. Costs: $100 to $300, depending on the brand and installation costs.

Reverse Osmosis Filters

Many consider this the ideal home water filtration system. It uses carbon filters and various membranes to eliminate nearly all of the contaminants present in your drinking water. The unit is mounted within your plumbing system and may have a separate tap, depending on the brand. Maintenance: filter changes. Costs: $500 and up, based on the brand and installation fees.

Overall, water filters provide tastier, cleaner, healthier drinking water but cannot actually purify water, like in cases of contamination due to storms. Just remember to always stay vigilant on your regular maintenance and keep track of filter performance to ensure your family receives the cleanest water possible.

In part 2 of “Improving Your Home’s Water Quality,” we’ll discuss water softeners and plumbing replacement.

1st Home and Commercial Services specializes in helping Central Texas homeowners make the best decisions about their family’s clean water needs. Our licensed plumbers have earned an excellent reputation for providing quality plumbing services in Austin, Buda, Kyle, and San Marcos, Texas, and we have the customer testimonials and reviews to prove it. When you’re ready to improve your home’s water quality, give us a call.

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