Most Americans agree that our water quality is poor at best. In San Diego, our water travels miles and miles to reach us. By the time it gets here, who knows what has gotten into it, dirt, debris, agricultural run off with pesticides & fertilizers, human & animal waste and various other cleaning & manufacturing chemicals. Once it arrives our water goes to a water treatment plant where it’s filtered and treated. Even after being treated, the water comes through our tap still loaded with Chloramines and Chlorine. Chloramines are formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to purify the water. I learned in my high school chemistry class that when one combines ammonia with chlorine bleachÂ they make a deadly, chlorine gas. This gas is so toxic that it was used in WWI and WWII.
Why do we have these chemicals in our water?Â Can they harm us? Chloramines are used as a secondary disinfectant, which means they provide a longer lasting water treatment. The EPA says that Chloramines are safe for use and are closely regulated.Â But Chloramines have been linked to an increase in the incidence of cancer, especially bladder cancer. Chlorine isÂ the same chemicalÂ we use in our pools. Just like in pool water, chlorine can dry out skin and hair and cause rashes and skin irritation.
So what can we do to keep these toxic chemicals out of our bodies?Â Install a Pro Systems whole house water filtration unit. These whole house water filters are installed between the main water line and the incoming water pipes. A granulated activated carbon filter is used to reduce and/or remove chlorine and chloramine from the incoming water. When your unfiltered tap water is heated, like in your dish washer, washing machine or shower, the water gives off chlorine vapors. Breathing these vapors has been linked to asthma like symptoms. Once your water has gone through a whole house water filter the chlorine isÂ reduced or removed altogether. Your water won’t give off the vapors and the chlorine smell of the water is reduced.
When you install a Pro Systems Whole House Water Filter clean, safe water will come from every tap and plumbing fixture in your house. So showers and baths will be chemical free,Â and your skin andÂ hair won’t dry out. Your clothes will have no chemical residue left from the water. They’ll last longer, and colors will stay brighter. Your dishes will be soap scum free. Your plumbing lines, faucets, fixtures, and appliances that use water will last longer and require fewer repairs.Â This is because the harsh chemicals that cause corrosion and build up have been reduced.
If, for some reason, the municipal water treatment system broke down or wasn’t filtering efficiently. A whole house water filter would be the only way to clean your water effectively and keep your family from drinking toxic water. To find out more about how whole house water filters work and about Pro Systems whole house water filtration units call Oceanside Plumber, John Stevenson Plumbing at (760) 452-0702.