The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set standards for the quality and purity of the water that enters our homes and businesses. Ensuring that the water meets regulations, however, is largely left to local municipal water utilities. The EPA states that it’s reasonable for drinking water to contain small levels of some contaminants, but also cautions that people with health concerns may wish to take extra precautions, including installing home water filtration systems. At Ben Franklin Plumbing of Durham, we offer a variety of filtration systems for your home that promote improved health and well-being.
What’s in My Water?
A sure way to know what contaminants are in your drinking water is to have the water tested. Because different types of filtration systems remove different contaminants, a water test is essential when it comes to addressing the problem.
A number of dangerous contaminants are commonly found in tap water, including:
- Arsenic. Consuming water with high levels of arsenic can have severe health consequences, including changes in the skin, nervous system, and circulatory system. People who use well water located near farms, orchards, and glass and electronics manufacturers are particularly susceptible to arsenic.
- Lead. The presence of lead in your water system can cause lead poisoning, which can stunt physical and mental development and damage organs as well as the body’s nervous system. Homes and public water systems built before national lead bans went into effect in the late 1980s may be exposed to dangerous levels of lead.
- Chlorine. Substances like chlorine are sometimes added to public water to kill bacteria. If chlorine is present when you shower, however, it can be inhaled and irritate your respiratory system. Chlorine in water can leave your hair and skin feeling dry and itchy as well.
With a water filtration system installed by Ben Franklin Plumbing of Durham, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve done everything possible to ensure that the water in your home is safe to drink and use for cooking, cleaning, and washing. As your neighborhood plumber in Durham, we’re pleased to offer financing for plumbing installations so that you never have to postpone protecting your family’s health.
To learn more about our water filtration products and services, call us today at 919-408-7200.