Bob Vila Radio: Water Filtration

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Jun 20, 2017 1:00 PM

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You want to know the water in your home is safe, but depending on what’s in it, you may not need a whole-house filtration system.

Water Filtration


Listen to BOB VILA ON WATER FILTRATION, or read text below:

If you’ve got hard water, scale can build up in the plumbing; your water pressure will seem to drop and your appliances will suffer. A water softener uses tiny resin beads to attract these minerals and remove them from the water as it enters your house.

If it’s just better drinking water you’re after, you don’t have to treat all the water that enters your home. Point-of-use filtration systems are generally pretty good at removing odors, bad tastes, bacteria and other things you’d rather not drink. They range in complexity from carbon filters in pitchers and icemakers to faucet-mount diverters. Or you might want a plumbed-in system that sends filtered water through an extra faucet next to the kitchen sink. Make sure the system you buy bears the mark of the national sanitation foundation, or NSF.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.