Water Treatment Tips For New Construction

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Providing your new construction with water treatment systems may be a plus in future home buyer's eyes. This is especially true if the water at the lot or in the subdivision is of questionable quality. The following tips can help you decide whether to include a treatment system, and which type to install.

Tip #1: Know the Water Quality

A water quality report often comes with the packet when you are purchasing lots, especially if the lots are already on the municipal water system. If not, you can request a report from the municipal water source. You will need to arrange for your own testing if you are building with a private well. Tests from certified laboratories not only tell you that the well water is safe to drink, they also inform you what impurities there are that a treatment system can solve.

Tip #2: Talk to the Right Expert

Reading a water report can be challenging. The lab may have someone available to help you decipher the report. This is fine if they are a private testing lab, but seek outside consultation if the lab is connected with a treatment service or provider. Your local university extension service may offer report reading services, or at the very least direct you to an unbiased expert.

Tip #3: Choose the Right Treatment System

There are several treatment choices, depending on the specific impurities found. These choices may include:

  • pH stabilization. Water should be neutral in pH. When the pH is too low it is acidic, which can corrode pipes. High pH, or alkalinity, can lead to a buildup of minerals or it may be a sign of arsenic or too much fluoride in the water. Treatment systems that use pH stabilization either add alkalinity or acidity to the water.

  • Filtration. Several different filtration devices are available, depending on what you need to treat. For example, carbon filters target many pesticides, along with improving flavor and odor of the water. These may be necessary when building near agricultural land. Other filters are available that remove illness-causing microorganisms or damaging minerals, such as iron.

  • Ozone treatments. This system is a good choice when both bacteria and metals are present in the water.

  • Softeners. Sometimes the only issue with the water is hard minerals, such as lime or calcium. In this case a water softener is all that is needed to protect the plumbing and fixtures from buildup. Another big selling point for homes that include softeners is that the softer water is also gentler on hair, skin, and clothing.

Sometimes, a mixture of treatment options are needed, such as a filter combined with a softener. Providing the right options in your new construction involves some research, but it leads to happier home buyers. For more information, talk to a water treatment company like Waterman911.

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