One of the simplest home upgrades is to improve your home’s water quality. Whether it’s for drinking, washing, laundry, or even gardening, everything benefits from higher-quality water.
Here are 4 simple ways to improve the water quality in your home for different uses. Let’s get into it!
1. Improve your cooking and drinking water
Most water supply companies are obligated to add certain types of ‘consumable’ chemicals to your tap water. These disinfectant chemicals (such as chlorine) are supposed to kill the bacteria in the local piping systems or town water supplies.
However, upon consumption, these chemicals can harm your health. They can kill the delicate gut bacteria and good bacteria in the body that comes from food rich in probiotics.
Good gut bacteria play an important role in maintaining the healthy functioning of your immune system, and tap water might sabotage your gut health.
A simple solution is to get a water filtration system installed in your kitchen. They get rid of any added chemicals and bacteria to make sure that your cooking and drinking water is free of contamination.
2. Remove chloramine from water
Chloramine is another example of a chemical added to water as a disinfectant. However, drinking and washing in chloramine can both cause various health issues.
Even in tiny amounts that are considered safe by authorities, chloramine can have the following negative effects on your health;
- Increased risk of influenza-related death
- Increased risk of pneumonia
- Increased risk of respiratory disorders such as asthma
- Itchy scalp and dandruff
- Inefficiency in red blood cells as a result of inhaled chloramines entering the bloodstream
- Worsened digestive disorders
- Dry mouth, throat, and lips
Even with water containing chloramines in low quantities, you’ll experience issues like itchy skin as a result of direct contact in the shower.
Skin conditions like eczema can also be worsened by a reaction with chloramine water. Your scalp skin can also be itchy and flaky due to extended exposure to chloramine in baths or showers.
To prevent all of these side effects, follow this in-depth guide on how to remove chloramine from water.
3. Improve laundry water
If your new clothes are quickly becoming dull or discoloured, the reason might be poor water quality. Sediment, rust, and minerals in the water can discolour your laundry, leaving red, brown, or yellow stains.
Another chemical to blame is chlorine. It’s a disinfectant found commonly in tap water and can have a bleaching effect on your laundry.
If you notice a bleach-like odour when you remove the clothes from your washing machine—that’s a tell-tale sign of chlorine.
You can improve your laundry water quality by getting a whole house water filter installed. It filters out rust, chemicals, minerals, and sediments from all water entering the home.
4. Filter your gardening water
If you’re looking to grow a veggie garden in the backyard for organic produce, even that requires chemical-free water!
To avoid pesticides and enrich your veggie produce with more vitamins, it should be grown without the use of any synthetic chemicals.
As we’ve learned above, tap water normally contains a variety of disinfectant chemicals that attack bacteria and organic matter. Hence, rinsing your gardens or organic produce with tap water coats them with chemicals.
To make sure your organic produce is truly organic, you’ll need a water filtration system to filter out all chemicals, solvents, and disinfectants.