When it comes to water treatment and purification in the home, many myths abound that can leave homeowners confused about what they really need to do to keep their water clean and safe for drinking. Ultimately, you can always call in a water testing and treatment service regularly to evaluate your home’s water supply, but you’ll still want to be sure that you’re not getting caught up in many of the myths that circulate about treating and softening your water at home. Here are a few of those myths and the truth behind them.

The Purifier on the Refrigerator is Sufficient

Although the purifier in your refrigerator is probably designed to filter out some mineral content, chances are that it’s only really targeting larger particles, like dirt. It might even help to clear out some of the subtle odors in the water, but that doesn’t mean that it’s getting everything.

Most refrigerator filters are only two-stage filters, which means that the water only passes through two stages of filtration. Most whole-house filtration and purification systems offer at least three-stage filtration, and in some cases, they provide more than that. Look for a filtration system that eliminates as many particles and contaminants as possible, including minerals, chemicals and sediment.

I Can’t Afford a Purifier

Maybe you think buying bottled water or using that water jug delivery service is more affordable than installing a purifier in your home. While the initial investment in a purifier may be higher, the money you spend over time on all of those water containers can add up much faster than you might think.

There’s no Difference Between Purifying, Filtering and Softening

It’s important that you understand each of these water treatment methods, because each one offers unique benefits. For example, most drinking water is treated with chlorine for disinfection. Water softeners won’t eliminate chlorine from the water – they only reduce minerals. So, you’ll have to have a purifier to get rid of chemicals in the water such as chlorine. Purifiers are used to get rid of the chemicals and minerals that a water softener can’t touch. When it comes to filtration, that’s entirely different. Filters are typically designed to eliminate specific things. One of the most common things that filters eliminate is iron in the water. Ideally, you need all three of these treatment methods to keep your home’s water clean.

Water Softeners Use Salt to Clean the Water

There is a salt solution used as part of the softener’s cleaning process, but it’s only one part of the process. The brine solution cleans the softener, not the water. The water flows through the filters of the softener and exits your tap with no more salt content than it had coming into your house. The brine is used to clean any residue and media caught in the filtration system after the softener has processed a set number of gallons of water.

For more information, contact Evolution Water Testing Ltd. or a similar company.