There are various types and sizes of water filtration systems available to address potential water quality issues experienced in Framingham. Both matching the right technology and sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home are paramount to specifying the right system for you. In addition, a professionally plumbed system is critical as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment in providing you with consistently excellent water quality.
While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist. This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing your home with excellent water quality. While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site (iron, hardness, pH, total dissolved solids), health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment.
WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS
A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water. For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), a “down-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener. Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.
BAD TASTES & ODORS
In addition to the above system described, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. If you are experiencing a rotten egg smell in water, you likely have hydrogen sulfide in your well or possibly high levels of manganese. For more detail on bad tastes & odors, see the link at https://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste/ Starting with a water test will lead to the right approach.