Living in Port Charlotte, Florida, it comes as no surprise that the water here is hard. Most parts of Florida have hard water. This leaves many homeowners deciding whether or not they need to install a whole house water filtration system or water softener to help with the problems caused by hard water as well as filtration needs. Both do different things, yet both are helpful in many ways. A professional plumber can help you decide which is best for you and your home.
A water softener will solve the problem of hard water in a Florida home. Hard water isn’t good for appliances or your homes plumbing. It will remove the removes hardness-causing calcium and magnesium minerals from your water through a process called ion exchange. These minerals will build up in your pipes, and appliances, and water heater. Hard water can also reduce the water pressure in your home.
A whole house water filtration system will remove the contaminants coming into your home from the water supply. This clean, filtered water will come through all of your appliances, sinks, toilets, and showers in the house. A water filter will also make bad tasting or bad smelling water taste and smell good again.
There are many different types of water filters:
- Activated carbon, which remove metal from the water
- Ion Exchange, which remove minerals and fluoride
- Reverse Osmosis (with carbon), which removes inorganic, organic compounds, nitrates and sodium, as well as foul smells and tastes
- Distillation, which can remove organic compounds, minerals, nitrates, bacteria, and sodium
It’s important to discuss your needs with your plumber to decide which would be best for your home, and to determine if your home has hard water, as each type of unit has its own specifications to address different needs.
If your water doesn’t taste good, or has a bad smell, that’s an indicator that something needs to be addressed. McDonough Plumbing can install a whole house water filtration system or water softener in your Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda area home. Contact our plumbing professionals at 941-624-4343.