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Is It Time for a Water Filtration System?

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Water is something we use every single day. We use it for showering, cooking our food, and cleaning our clothes. But most importantly we drink it to stay healthy which is why we need it to be clean. Most people drink chlorine-treated water that has passed through a water treatment facility. However, despite these precautions, water can still pick up chemicals, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants along the way to your tap. This can also be true if your water comes from a private well. Installing a water filtration system is a good way to be sure the water used in your home is clean and pure.

Water filtration systems are a great way to remove contaminants and other impurities to keep your drinking water healthy and safe. There are a few different types of water filtration systems available and each of them work in different ways. Let’s take a look at a few.

Activated Carbon

This is one of the most common and least expensive types of water filter. Activated carbon filtration systems are usually installed under the sink. They work via a process called adsorption, whereby the pore structure of carbon particles trap contaminants. Carbon filters are most effective at removing chlorine, sediment, and other organic compounds.

Ion Exchange (water softeners)

This type of system uses a resin tank filled with small beads that are covered in salt ions (sodium or potassium). As the water flows through the beads, hardness ions (calcium and magnesium) trade places with the salt ions. Over time the beads become exhausted and are recharged by adding salt to the tank.

Reverse Osmosis

This is considered as the most effective filtering process. Reverse osmosis works by using a high-pressure pump to force the water through a semi-permeable membrane. This process is capable of removing up to 99% of dissolved minerals, particles, and bacteria.


Distillation is the most natural way to purify your water. This process involves boiling water to make it safe to drink. When the water is boiled, it evaporates into vapor and is then condensed becoming distilled drinking water. Distillation eliminates organic and inorganic chemicals as well as heavy metals much like reverse osmosis. It also kills all bacteria that can make you sick. The drinking water this process produces also passes EPA standards.

Ultraviolet Disinfection

Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection is the most effective way to kill waterborne bacteria. UV disinfection is also a natural way to clean your water of microorganisms because it doesn’t use any chemicals during the process.

Bradley Mechanical has plumbing experts who can test your water and help you identify the harmful contaminants that could be hiding in it. Our plumbing experts can also help you decide on the best way to protect the water you use. We offer many different water filtration products and systems to fit your needs and budget. If you have concerns about the quality of your water, give Bradley Mechanical a call at (804) 748-6728. We have been helping homeowners in Central Virginia protect their water since 1969.