You Can Improve Your Home’s Water Quality
As a homeowner in North Carolina, you have a stake in the quality of water flowing through your plumbing system.
You probably use water more than any other resource in your daily activities. Water keeps you hydrated, helps you clean, cooks your food, grows your garden, and removes waste.
Clean water is essential to your health and lifestyle in Winston-Salem, but you can’t take it for granted.
At Sutton Brothers, we know that maintaining good quality tap water takes effort. We are a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company with more than 20 years of experience helping homeowners improve water quality in their homes.
Contaminated Water Affects Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than “90 percent of Americans get their tap water from community systems, which are subject to safe drinking water standards.”
Although U.S. tap water generally is safe, contamination sometimes occurs. For example, a wastewater treatment system malfunction or a flood could allow bacteria to enter the water supply. Lead from corroded pipes in your Winston-Salem home can leach into your water. Even dirty faucet aerators can send contaminants into your morning coffee.
Tainted water can lead to gastrointestinal illnesses, infections, neurological disorders, and reproductive issues.
Sutton Brothers can help you avoid these health problems by improving the quality of your tap water. Replacing worn-out pipes, upgrading faucets, and installing filters that block contaminants can make a big difference in water quality.
Is Your Water Safe?
The U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) sets standards and limits on contaminants for drinking water. It also requires water suppliers to report on drinking water quality every year. Suppliers must issue a Consumer Confidence Report to customers. You can learn about the levels of contaminants in your community water supply by reading the annual Consumer Confidence Report for Winston-Salem.
You can do your part to keep contaminants out of your local water supply by disposing of medications and hazardous waste properly, limiting fertilizer and pesticide use, and maintaining your septic system. Get more information on hazardous household waste disposal from the EPA website.
Keeping Your Water Safe at Home
The pipes in your home can impact water quality. Consider their composition, condition, and age. Are they made of lead? Galvanized steel? Copper? How old are they? Have they been maintained, or are they in need of repair?
Our licensed plumbers at Sutton Brothers can inspect your plumbing system and recommend improvements. If your plumbing incorporates lead, you’ll want to swap it out for copper piping. If aging pipes are corroding and allowing rust or other matter to leach into your water, it is time for an upgrade.
Water Filtration System
We can help you choose a filter to screen out contaminants at individual faucets or every tap in your home.
Whole-house filters help to deliver clean, safe water to every faucet and water-using appliance in your Winston-Salem home.
Whole-house water filters are installed where the main water enters your home. Depending on the filter used, a whole-house system can remove sediment, bacteria and parasites, chlorine and other chemicals, metals, and minerals that cause hard water.
Our expert plumbers can recommend a solution for your unique needs. We offer a variety of filters, including carbon-based models that easily remove chlorine and a reverse osmosis system that can rid your water of microorganisms.
If your home has hard water, consider adding a water softener. Hard water can cause pipes to corrode. It shortens the service lifespan of water-using appliances, leaves spots on dishware, and creates soap scum rather than suds.
A water softener removes calcium, magnesium, and iron from hard water, leaving your home’s pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances free of corrosive minerals.
Water Quality Tips
- Regularly clean out the faucet aerators and filters to prevent bacteria.
- Use cold water for cooking and drinking.
- Run tap water for a minute before drinking it.