Is your tap water cloudy, stinky, or funny-tasting? Are there calcium deposit buildups in your shower and bath plumbing fixtures? Maybe your laundry doesn’t seem to get as clean as it used to? Many residential customers ask us frequently about the benefits and installation process of a home water treatment system after experiencing the side effects of using public water utilities or water from a well.
Aside from the peace of mind that your family is drinking clean-tasting filtered water, installing a residential water treatment system in your home can help in little ways. For example, you’d be surprised at how clean your floors will be when you use water treated to eliminate chemicals, minerals, and other organisms that can harm expensive flooring over time. Not to mention, that southern-style sweet tea is also going to be so much sweeter when you brew it using treated, filtered water.
POE Water & POU Water: What's the Difference?
Let’s start at the beginning with some guidance from our industry pros. Water used in your home can be classified into 2 categories: point-of-entry (POE) and point-of-use (POU). Point-of-Entry water is just that. It's the water that comes in from your source, whether that's a well or the water provided by your city/town. Showering, running the dishwasher, flushing the toilet, and other household water uses are Point-of-Use water. Installing a home water treatment system can filter both POE and POU water.
If you’re using and drinking well water, you may find that your POE water is discolored, cloudy, leaves a ring in toilets and tubs, and doesn’t get laundry as clean as you had hoped. There are also tiny microorganisms and contaminants in well water that lead to a foul taste or odor, which isn’t fun for drinking and can lead to health issues after long-term exposure—even in the shower.
Consider this statistic: You will absorb 100 times more chlorine in a 10-minute unfiltered shower than you will by drinking a gallon of water. Be especially cautious if you love long, hot steamy showers! The toxins in untreated water can actually be absorbed through inhalation of steam.
Public water isn’t much better than well water, although it’s more closely regulated. The now-infamous story of the water issues of Flint, Michigan, in 2014 is a cautionary tale for all of us using public water in our homes. Did you know that public water in most American cities contain chlorine, fluoride, and dissolved minerals including calcium, magnesium, sodium, chlorides, sulfates, and bicarbonates?
There has also been extensive research that has found traces of prescription medicine in tap water even after it’s been cycled through a public treatment system. If there’s ever a boil warning or quality issue with public water, your home water treatment system can keep your POU drinking water clean and safe.
Untreated well and public water can wreak havoc on our bodies, but what about those expensive appliances you’ve invested in? Washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators with water-dispenser and ice-making features can all be affected by water that contains contaminants. Sure, the new plumbing in that renovated guest bathroom are sure to impress, but what will your houseguests say when they turn on the water and see a cloudy, smelly flow coming out of that beautiful faucet? You could get extra years of life out of your large appliances by investing in a home water treatment system.
Whether you’re a young, growing family or just love entertaining guests, it only makes sense to treat everyone in your house to clean, filtered water that’s safe and tastes amazing. While a home water treatment system is an investment, it has a huge return on investment. It can increase the value of a home you’re thinking about selling, but it can also give you major peace of mind about your home’s safety—and more importantly, your family’s health.