There are different types and sizes of whole house water filtration systems available to address the various types of potential water quality issues experienced in Lowell well water or town water. Matching the right technology is important, but also sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home is key. Additionally, a professionally plumbed installation is critical as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment.
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, 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 FILTRATION & 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”), an “up-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. For more on hard water, see hard water usgs.
BAD ODORS & TASTES
In addition to the above system described, there are many other types of water filtration systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. Starting with a water test will dictate the right approach. For more detailed information on bad odors and tastes in your water, see the link at: http://bad-odor-taste-water.
H2O Care is an established Massachusetts full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton & Stow, MA. See our published articles in Water Technology Magazines at http://h2ocare.com/pub. Contact us at [email protected] or 800-539-1100.