“Do I need a home water treatment system?” At UDI, it is a question that we are asked often. We’ve been providing clean healthy, water by installing over 75,000 of our advanced residential water purification systems in Florida and Georgia since 1979. We were named “Tops in Treatment” of water by Water Technology magazine. The decision to install a home water treatment system is most often a personal choice driven primarily by the quality of the groundwater in your local area. This includes the hardness of your water and the levels of the contaminants in it, and how these affect the way your water tastes, smells, looks, and feels.
Many people often associate water treatment systems with water softeners. Water softeners help remove minerals like calcium and magnesium that facilitate hard water. Using ion exchange, they extract these problematic minerals from your water supply that cause things like soap scum buildup on tubs and shower doors, clogged pipes, reduced lifespan on appliances and plumbing, and residue on skin, hair, laundry, and anything else that your water comes in contact with.
However, while a water softener works effectively to reduce water hardness, it does not make your water safer or cleaner to consume. This requires a different type of water filtration and treatments that relies on technologies like carbon filtering and reverse osmosis. Water processing systems like UDI’s Hydro-5 STS® and Ultra-6® Reverse Osmosis System, process water in ways that both soften water while also refining, cleansing, clarifying, and filtering it to make it as safe and pure as possible.
No water supply is ever completely free of all contaminants including sodium, chromium, chlorine, arsenic, copper, and lead, among many others. In fact, many of these are naturally occurring and do not pose a significant risk to human health at appropriate levels, mandated by public water systems. But water treatment systems like UDI’s can reduce these types of contaminants to much lower levels, down to a molecular level of 1/10,000 of a micron. They also work to disinfect water (particularly important for wells, but also in public water systems), eliminating 99.99 percent of illness-causing microbes including Giardia, Salmonella, Coliform, E. coli, Cholera, Hepatitis, and Cryptosporidium cysts.
Benefits of a Home Water Treatment System
All this is to say, that while home water processing systems significantly improve the quality of your water in many different ways, providing increased health and safety benefits, and maximum assurance against “accidents” or unintended, unnaturally high levels of contaminants, the decision to treat your water ultimately lies with your own comfort level, and experience with your local public water supply.
In places like Florida and Georgia, where UDI focuses most of its business, where there are thousands of septic systems and groundwater is the primary water source, water not only faces additional health risks but also tends to be exceptionally hard. This is due to the mineral deposits that it picks up from layers of underground rock. The more calcium, magnesium, iron, and other minerals the water picks up, the harder it becomes.
Hard water in and of itself is not a health risk, but it is a nuisance. Even while theoretically suitable for cooking and drinking, it causes scale in pipes, reducing water flow to taps, appliances, and water heaters reducing their efficiency and life, becoming a consequential economic problem.
In addition to these issues, calcium and magnesium react with soap causing insoluble deposits to form that leave spots on dishes, film on bathtubs, rings around drains, and dull the color of clothes. Soaps do not lather as easily, hair is weighted down, and skin is left feeling dry and itchy. Water can appear discolored and have a bad odor or smell.
These are the reasons that drive most individuals to initially investigate the purchase of water treatment systems. Many people begin by looking at less expensive water softeners, but after doing just a little more research, often decide that if they are going to invest in any water treatment system, then they might as well invest a little more to get the health and safety benefits of a complete water processing system that provides water softening and water filtration.
Schedule a Free Water Test with UDI.
At UDI Water, it is never our goal to frighten customers into making a purchase but rather to help them make an educated and informed buying decision, based on research and water analysis. If you are thinking about a water treatment system for softer, cleaner, healthier water, contact us to schedule a free in-home water test and analysis. We can discuss your options based on your test results, goals and budget. Call UDI toll-free at 1-800-741-4426 or fill out a contact form on our website.