How to Choose the Right Water Filtration System for Your Home

Every well owner wants high-quality water coming out of their taps, right? One fundamental way to achieve that is the right kind of water filtration, which happens to be among the many well system services we provide for customers across Connecticut here at Greco & Haines!

Your area’s particular bedrock geology, aquifer chemistry, and other characteristics help us determine what sort of filter might be best suited to your well water. In this post, we’ll briefly discuss the kinds of issues that water filters can remedy, some of the basic designs of water filters, and how Greco & Haines can evaluate which system would be most effectively employed in your well system.

Well Water Problems That Filters & Softeners Can Help Solve

Water filtration systems for home well water setups can mitigate all sorts of undesirable effects. For example, hard water—water especially rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium, often an attribute of the groundwater tapped in wells—may leave limescale deposits that can accumulate on faucets, showerheads, and shower doors and clog water heaters and other plumbing fixtures. Just as frustrating, it can make it difficult to work up a lather with soap or shampoo and produce soap curds.

On the other hand, well water with naturally high iron or sulphur content can produce unsightly rusty or yellow stains on both clothing and fixtures. Acidic water can also leave stains as well as corrode iron or copper plumbing. Curious as to what your discolored water is indicating about your supply? Learn more here.

Water filters can solve the problem of unpleasant odor or flavor, which can arise from many inherent properties. While often not a health concern, off-tasting or off-smelling water is certainly not something most homeowners want to deal with on an everyday basis.

While cloudy water is commonly due simply to dissolved air and is a fleeting phenomenon that clears after a short while of running the tap, it may also stem from silt in your well water. In that case, it can be a chronic condition that also results in murky-looking ice cubes.

Another issue that the right water filter can address is on the biological end of the spectrum: bacteria. Typically, any bacteria found can render your water supply unsafe to drink. Other potentially hazardous contaminants that can be removed with the proper treatment technology include naturally, agriculturally, or industrially produced chemicals that are roughly lumped together as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs.)

How Water Filtration Systems Work

In general, water filters employ not only physical barriers but also chemical and biological processes to remove contaminants. Loosely speaking, this can be anything you don’t want in your water supply. They do this by trapping or dissolving particles as the water is forced through their material.

Specific types of filters include activated carbon designs that adsorb particles and molecules via charcoal pores, which can screen out sediments and chemicals and improve the odor and flavor of water. Ultraviolet (UV) filters kill 99.9% of harmful microorganisms. Reverse osmosis filters incorporate a semipermeable membrane that can prevent tiny particles from flowing through, transforming cloudy water (and ice cubes) into a sparkling-clear consistency.

Our multimedia water filters here at Greco & Haines use several methods of filtration, including activated carbon layers and acid neutralizers to treat your well water. We also offer water softeners that tackle hard water and its impacts.

Advantages of Full Home Water Filtration Systems

The most efficient way to filter your water supply is with a full home water filtration system—also known as a point of entry (POE) filtration system—which treats the water as it enters your house. All the water used inside is filtered thus simplifying the process and cutting down on waste. This also ensures that your drinking water, water coming out of your bathtub faucet or showerhead, and the water circulating in dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, and other appliances are as crystal-clear as possible.

A breeze to clean and maintain, full home water filtration systems help protect your household from unsafe drinking water and also boost the value of your home. In other words, a good, long-range investment.

Determining Your Filtration Needs: The Value of Water Quality Testing

An essential early step to determining what kind of water setup is best suited to your well system is conducting water quality testing. After all, contaminants may or may not result in visible or otherwise clearly discernible symptoms and issues that may be going on at once.

Having comprehensive water testing done helps you hone in on your plan of attack when it comes to treating your well water. The tests we offer at Greco & Haines are across-the-board, ranging from basic mineral profiles to screenings for volatile organic compounds and other chemicals. We can determine the “nitty-gritty” of your water content and thus pinpoint the right type or types of water filtration systems needed to improve its quality.

As a reminder, it’s a good idea to have your water tested on an annual basis to regularly track its quality and identify new potential contaminant sources. This may also reveal structural issues in your system such as a compromised wellhead, casing, or plumbing.

Top-Quality Water Filtration Services Across Connecticut From Greco & Haines

Greco & Haines offers top-of-the-line whole home water filtration systems in Woodbridge, Bethany, Milford, and all of Connecticut. Providing customers with the ideal water filters and softeners for their needs is simply part of the well water services we’ve been offering since 1963. Our services include installing and repairing wells, upgrading well pumps, and rigging up constant water pressure systems. Get in touch today with the well water experts here at the Greco & Haines!