We have terrific civic water systems in Los Angeles, CA, and we can safely depend on clean water for drinking and cooking in most cases. However, our civic sewer systems aren’t set up to take a lot of water, and this winter, the rains have returned in earnest. That puts the entire system under strain, and the chances of contaminated water getting through into your home goes up.
That’s a big concern when the rains fall as heavily as they are right now, but luckily you have some options in dealing with them. Water filtration systems installed in your home by trained professionals can provide an extra level of protection for you and your family alike. Here’s a brief list of a few options for you to consider.
Hard water is a consistent problem in environments like ours. It’s simply water with an excess of certain minerals – usually calcium or magnesium – which aren’t harmful to the body. But they can cause problems with your plumbing and over time result in that gross white build-up on your faucet and shower heads. A water softener can remove the excess minerals from the water, helping it taste better and going easier on your laundry as well as cutting down on that crusty white build-up.
Reverse Osmosis Systems
If you look at certain brands of water in the store, you’ll see the words “reverse osmosis” on the label. This is a means of straining the water through a permeable membrane in a direction opposite to that of natural osmosis. That’s a fancy way of saying it purifies the water of chemicals and contaminants, not just benign mineral deposits. As a result, your water is kept much cleaner and better tasting, as well as remaining safely sterile to drink.
UV Water Purifiers
UV light exists beyond our ability to see, but can be felt every time we go out in the sun: it’s what causes our skin to tan and burn. At lower levels, UV lights are perfectly safe, and are often used at rock concerts and amusement parks to make white clothes glow in the dark. (If you’ve ever been on Space Mountain at Disneyland, you can see it in action.)
But while safe for us, those lights are lethal for germs, mold and biological contaminants. UV water purifiers simply shine a UV light across the apex of the water pipe, filtering out all those pesky creepy-crawlies before they have a chance to infest the water in your home.
You never know when trouble is going to strike your civic water system, and by the time you realize you need a water purification system, it may be too late. We’re looking at plenty more wet weather this winter, and with the drought finally in our rear view mirrors, we can expect plenty of wet winters to come. Water purification is the best way to stop those sewer floods from presenting a threat to your home.
The friendly professionals at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can advise you on the best system for your home, then perform the installation with quality and pride!