Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Effects Of Non Filtered Water On Home Piping

By Hermione Edwards

A lot has been written about the potential harm to the health of individuals as they drink water directly from the tap. Most people know that there are harmful chemicals and contaminants in this water that could damage their health. However, a lot of people do not realize the potential damage that can be caused by non-filtered water to pipes and others household fixtures and appliances.

Water coming directly from the tap without being treated or filtered is usually hard water. In many places around the world, water hardness can be as high as eighty percent. This means that there is high presence of magnesium and calcium in this water. These chemicals tend to damage the pipes and may cause many other problems.

Depositing of mineral deposits is similar to the problem of plaque that gets deposited in the blood vessels in the body. Plaque is the result of high levels of concentration of bad cholesterol. It gets accumulated on the walls of veins and arteries. If left untreated, the problem can aggravate and can even become fatal.

Water hardness and its effects can also be observed on the common home appliances, such as a steam iron or a coffee maker. When these are filled with tap water that has not been distilled or treated, residues of minerals can be left behind on these appliances and cause damage to them. These will not be able to function properly and may even get damaged permanently.

Larger appliances and fixtures can also get affected by hard water. These include dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines. There can be a possible impairment of the functioning of these machines. Also, the flow of water might be reduced due to obstructed pipes that supply water to these machines. This might lead to poor functioning, increased operation time, or breakdown.

Water filters are most commonly used on counter tops or under the sink. However, this is very small scale water treatment. While it can be used to provide better quality drinking water or for making beverages, this will not solve the issue of plumbing problems that might be caused as a result of mineral deposit accumulation in pipes.

In order to treat all water in the household, commercial water filters can be used. All activities, such as cooking, dish washing, laundry, as well as drinking, can benefit from this system. Once the negative effects of high mineral content are removed, there can be proper flow with large scale water filtration.

The effects of non filtered water on home piping extend beyond the reduced quality of everyday chores and activities and the possible malfunction of appliances. Replacing pipes which become clogged with mineral deposits can be very expensive to do, along with being disruptive to the lifestyle of the occupants of the house. On the other hand, having a filtration system in place for the whole house can add to the resale value of the home by making it more attractive to potential buyers, who see such a systems as a desirable amenity.

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