Many of us don’t have access to the water quality that we need to keep our families healthy. Some people consider a water softener or treatment system to get better laundry results or to protect their plumbing or water using appliances. Home water treatment systems can help in all these areas, but the health benefits get less attention than they deserve. In this article, we will look at four health benefits for your family when you install a water filtration system in your home.
1. Chlorine and Chloramine are Harmful to Health
Developed societies have been using chlorine and now chloramine (a combination of chlorine and ammonia) to disinfect water for a long time. These two chemical disinfectants are extremely good at killing harmful organisms, but recent studies have shown that using them introduces other health related problems. When you take a shower in chlorinated water, you actually ingest more water than when you drink it. This is because you need to breathe when you shower, and you’re inhaling steam laced with chlorine. Bathing in chlorinated can exacerbate sensitive skin; it can prematurely age skin and people drinking it have a 93% higher risk of getting certain types of cancer.
2. Harmful Organisms Lead to Waterborne Diseases
There are microorganisms present in water supplies, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and cysts that can lead to a variety of nasty gastrointestinal illnesses and more serious health problems. Municipal water supplies are disinfected, but some organisms can escape this process, and they may enter the supply after the water treatment plant through water line breaks and cracks. Waterborne diseases are one of the most common causes of illness and death in the undeveloped world, and they need to be treated seriously.
3. Washing Hair in Hard Water Causes Damage
When you wash your hair in hard water it may feel dry, brittle and dull, this is a real phenomenon, and it’s caused by the dissolved minerals in the water supply. Hard water has elevated levels of hard minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, that actually hinder the formation of soap lather. Many people attempt to compensate for this by using more soap or shampoo, but this just wastes more soap. Then the soap is rinsed away with more hard water, and the hair is dried. The dissolved minerals are still there, a film of this material is still in the hair, and it cannot be rinsed away. This can lead to a dry scalp and dandruff because your skin and hair follicles cannot breathe. If you wash in soft water, it lathers easily and rinses away cleanly, leaving you with softer and cleaner hair.
4. Hard Water and Dermatitis
Dermatitis is a catch all term that’s used to broadly describe a number of skin ailments. When you wash your skin with hard water, the same mineral film that’s been described earlier in this article is left to dry on the surface of the skin. These minerals block up the skin pores and prevent your skin from breathing making it feel, raw, itchy and sore. Many people with skin conditions find that their symptoms are lessened or even cease entirely when they switch to washing and rinsing in soft water.
If you have more questions about water filtration system, get in touch with your local water treatment professional for expert help and advice.