Four Ways A Whole-House Water Filtration System Can Benefit Your Home's Plumbing

Water filtration systems remove sediment, minerals, chemicals, and bacteria from the water, making it safe for drinking and household use. A whole-house water filter is installed where the main water lines enter the house. Therefore, all the water flowing through your plumbing pipes and fixtures is filtered. A whole-house filtration system can benefit your home plumbing and help you save money in these four ways. 

Prevent Pipe Corrosion and Damage

Hard water or water with a high mineral content from calcium and magnesium can corrode and damage your metal plumbing pipes. Over time, the minerals get deposited on the inner walls of the piping. Calcium and magnesium have properties that can destroy metals. These minerals slowly break down the metal, causing the water pipes to rust and leak. Water filtration removes all the minerals in the water before it flows into the piping. It prevents pipe corrosion and protects your structure from plumbing leaks. 

Curb Pipe Blockage and Low Water Pressure

Sediment and mineral deposits can cause blockages in most plumbing materials, including copper, galvanized steel, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and cross-linked polyethylene (PEX). Severe pipe blockages can prevent water from flowing smoothly and cause low water pressure throughout the home. When this happens, you must unclog the blocked pipes to restore the water pressure in the building. A water filter prevents clogs and water pressure problems by removing sediment and minerals from the water. 

Protect Water Heater Components

Storage tank water heaters can suffer damage from hard water. Sediment and mineral deposits settle at the bottom of storage tank water heaters, causing damage to the metal tank. In electric units, the minerals build up on the heating elements, impeding water heating and lowering the unit's efficiency. Water filtration ensures the water flowing into your storage tank system has no minerals or sediment. This can increase water heater efficiency, lower heating costs, and extend the lifespan of the appliance. 

Reduce Plumbing Maintenance Costs 

Hard water increases your plumbing system's maintenance needs. Below are some maintenance tasks you should do regularly to improve plumbing efficiency. 

  • Inspect your plumbing pipes regularly to check for buildup and leaks
  • Flush and clean your storage tank water heater to remove sediment and mineral buildup
  • Clean your tankless water heater to prevent limescale buildup in the unit's heat exchanger
  • Regularly deep-clean toilets, sinks, taps, and showers to get rid of limescale 

A water filter can significantly lower your plumbing maintenance expenses. Since there are no minerals or pollutants in the water, you can schedule fewer cleaning for your fixtures and spend less on plumbing repairs.

A whole-house water filtration system can protect your pipes and hot water system from premature damage. It also improves the quality of water used for cooking and cleaning. Contact a plumbing contractor for water filter installation services.