If you’re thinking of putting your house up for sale soon, one area you may not have considered that may impact on its sales price is water quality. If you’re in an area that suffers from insufficient quality water, you may think you have to accept it as there is no way you can not control the supply to your home. Well, that is true; however, you can control what happens to the water ‘before’ its use within your property, and this is a system worth promoting to prospective homebuyers.
In this blog article, you’re about to find out what harms water quality and how you can take the control back, so home buyers are rightfully impressed.
In the good old days, and not that long ago let’s save a decade or two, you could trust your drinking water. What came out of your tap was clear, clean and drinkable. Sadly, this is no longer the case in many environs, even in developed countries.
There’s a lot of water demand. Earth’s population is growing while our freshwater is a finite resource.
Regard for water quality and how it’s being used remains a hotly debated topic. In Flint, Michigan, they switched the drinking water supply to the Flint River and it resulted in household drinking water contamination.
Water uses include:
- human consumption, drinking, cooking, cleaning,
- sewage treatment
- irrigation for food production, farming and industrial
With no control over the quality of supply to the home, what you can do is focus on what you can control, and that is adding a water filtration system to improve the quality of water used within your entire property.
Checking the Quality of Your Water
Before you start shelling out hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars on a water filtration system, it is sensible to find out precisely what is in your water. If you get your water from the city, you should be able to find all the information you need online. However, this does depend on where you live, of course. Countries like the US have laws that require water companies to publish water tests; your country may be different.
If you get your water from a well, you should get it tested by an independent laboratory. This is good practice anyway so if you don’t have your water checked regularly, say once every two or three years, this would be an excellent time to start a new habit.
Once you get your test results back, you can make an informed decision about what sort of water filter you need.
Installing a Whole House Water Filter
There are many types of water filters, and you may be familiar with some including the simple jug you fill up, and the small filter takes out the impurities before you drink it, to filters in fridge doors. These systems are for drinking water only. For properties in low-quality water zones adding a whole home, the filter is the answer to changing the quality of what you use for washing clothes, dishes, watering the garden to drinking. This system has allowed homes to take back the control of the water they use and this is empowering, and homebuyers value it highly so much, so they are most likely to pay more for the home that has it.
So what is a whole house water filter system? It is connected to the main water system and purifies your water at the point-of-entry so that no matter what tap water is used, the water has been filtered and contaminants removed. The best types of filters are known as reverse osmosis systems. A reverse osmosis filter system will extract almost everything in your water that could do you harm, including chemicals, metals, and salts.
Soften Hard Water
Some areas have hard water. While many people think that hard water is the nemesis of modern living, due to the damage, it does to our appliances, our pipes, water heaters, washing machines and kettles and so on, the solution to soften it is straightforward and natural. Hard water occurs when water passes through the ground picking up ions such as calcium and magnesium. It’s these ions that cause water to become hard, so with a water softener added to the water, the homeowner has more choice of appliances and no issues with calcium building up so once again this solution can improve a property’s value to a homebuyer.