Whole House Water Treatment Options
The best way to protect yourself from PFAS and other harmful chemicals is to install a whole house water filter. A whole-house water treatment filtration system, like the PIONEER system, will provide clean, safe drinking water but also ensure clothes washing, dishwashing, and showering use the safest possible water.
Made by Enpress, the PIONEER system doesn’t just remove PFAS from the water. Instead, this system utilizes a 0.5-micron filter, which removes large quantities of the most harmful contaminants, including lead, giardia, crypto bacteria, chlorine, and chloramine.
A Schaible’s Plumbing technician typically completes the installation in one day. The device measures 24’’ by 24’’, about the same size as a water softener. And Schaible’s installs it right where the water supply enters the house so that you can be sure that it filters all available water.
Don’t forget to store water in a stainless steel or glass water bottle, and avoid the chemicals in bottled water, too.
Pros and Cons of having a whole house water filter
The advantage to having a water filter for your entire house is obvious: you can relax and stop worrying about harmful chemicals like PFAS getting into your water. As a result, you and your family may enjoy a decreased risk of cancer and other illnesses.
But installing a water filter, like any other appliance, does come with responsibilities. Most importantly, a high-quality filter needs regular maintenance and repair. Schaible’s Plumbing makes this easy by providing annual inspections and water filter cartridge replacement.
You might get so used to the idea of having clean water in your house that you shy away from drinking other water options. And you should, as bottled water contains tons of contaminants anyway.
And keep in mind if you are contemplating a move in the future, you cannot bring your filter with you. But, you can install a new one in your new home.
You Can’t Escape Them All
Having a water filtration system in your home does not mean it is impossible to ingest PFAS. PFAS can find its way into your body through other means, such as consuming foods stored in plastic or cooked on a Teflon® surface, for example. Also, any plant or animal you eat may have been exposed to PFAS and can pass it on to you when you eat it.
The good news is that those sources of PFAS are minimal compared to drinking water. So if you remove PFAS from your drinking water, you will already have drastically reduced your PFAS consumption.
You can reduce your PFAS consumption further by limiting the amount of plastic and nonstick coating in your kitchen, and also, if you choose, consuming only organic food grown on farms that restrict their use of industrial processing.