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Water Filtration System: What Affect Does Chlorine Have on Your Body?

Water Filtration System: How Chlorine Affects the Body

Have you been considering a water filtration system? Here’s how chlorine affects your body – inside and out – and how we can help.

Water Filtration TexasIn 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study of 14 states. The study revealed many violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. In total, the states failed to report 26 percent of health-based violations. They also failed to report 84 percent of monitoring violations. The United States has some of the safest drinking water in the world. But many people are still exposed to unsafe drinking water on a regular basis. If you haven’t installed a water filtration system in your home, you may be one of those people.

Last year, in Flint, Michigan, iron leached out of old pipes and into the water system. The incident led to many illnesses. It also raised concerns about long-term health problems for children and pregnant women. The people of Flint had been drinking the unsafe water for several years. They had no idea that every sip of water or hot shower was putting them and their children at risk until it was too late.

How Can Americans Protect Themselves From Unsafe Water?

Flint residents had little to no warning about the danger lurking in their water. It’s impossible to say exactly how many people got sick as a result. But as it turns out, not all the city’s residents were at risk. Federal officials announced that residents with water filtration systems in their homes were safe.

Water filtration systems catch lead, but they do a lot more than that. They remove dirt and sediment. They stop bugs that thrive in fresh water and can carry diseases like giardiasis. But some of the threats lurking in our drinking water aren’t accidents at all.

The Presence of Chlorine in Our Drinking Water

The chemicals added to water to keep us healthy sometimes have the opposite effect. There are many chemicals in water that can cause both immediate and long-term effects. One of the worst is chlorine. Chlorine is a chemical that’s placed in our water for disinfecting purposes. It helps to prevent deadly bacteria like E. Coli and Giardia from forming in our water systems.  But chlorine carries its own health risks as well. It can cause vomiting, headaches, digestive problems, and more. These risks come from drinking water treated with chlorine and by showering with it. It’s even proven that inhaling steam in a shower causes one hundred times the exposure.

Chlorine May Cause an Increased Risk for Certain Cancers

When chlorine-laced water enters the body, it reacts with other compounds to form Trihalomethanes. These produce free radicals in our bodies that can then trigger cell damage. It’s hard to prove that chlorine exposure alone has lead to cancer. But many researchers agree that chlorine in our water systems is to blame for the high rate of cancer in the U.S. This research shows an increase in cancer cases since chlorine was first used in water.

Chlorine Exposure and Rectal, Bladder, and Breast Cancers

Factors such as air pollution and other chemicals are also considered in this research. But other indicators are present and suggest a direct link between chlorine and cancer. Scientists have found high levels of chlorine in patients suffering from rectal cancer. High chlorine levels exist in patients with bladder cancer as well. Chlorine in breast tissue has raised concerns about connections between chlorine and breast cancer. Some studies have found 50 to 60 percent higher levels of chlorine in breast cancer patients.

High Levels of Chlorine Can Cause Many Serious Side Effects

Normal levels of chlorine in the public waterways don’t carry immediate health risks. But if levels increase, they can cause serious side effects. Chlorine poisoning can cause coughing, skin irritation, burning, nausea, and more. Sometimes there’s little to no warning when levels of chlorine are increased.

Fighting Back Against the Risk of Exposure

A water filtration system can stop exposure if high levels of chlorine are in your water. Without one, you and your family could be at risk of the effects of dangerous levels of chlorine. This can cause any number of painful side effects, as well as long-term health risks. It can also occur without warning. Adding a water filtration system after exposure has occurred isn’t enough. You need to prepare your home for the risk before it happens.

A Water Filtration System is the Only Way to Prevent Chlorine Exposure

Scientists are still trying to definitely prove that chlorine causes cancer.  But even then, there is no reason to not filter chlorine out of your water. Chlorine and other chemicals that water filtration removes have no benefits to our health.  They are necessary for public water to prevent the growth of bacteria and the spread of disease. But once they’re in your home, it’s better to remove them from the water rather than risk side effects.

Other Benefits of a Water Filtration System

Water filtration systems do more than just make your water safe for drinking and bathing with. They also prevent the chemical taste that untreated water can have. This makes them an awesome green alternative to bottled water. They are great for people who use bottled water because they dislike the taste of tap water. In fact, filtered tap water may be even better than bottled water. Some bottled water comes from a tap and carries high levels of chlorine and other chemicals.

Water treated by filtration is not only great for drinking; it’s also great for your home. It reduces soap scum marks in tubs and showers. It prevents calcium build-up in hot water heaters, washing machines, and other appliances. Water filtration systems are the only way to remove chemicals and reap these benefits.

Your Water Filtration System: Choosing the Right One

Not just any filtration system will do. It’s important to invest in a quality system. There’s no point spending your money on an ineffective, low-quality system. They won’t filter out chemicals as well as a high-quality system, and you and your family will still be at risk. They may also need more repairs.

Maintaining Your Water Filtration System

Even with a water filtration system, you’ll need to test your water quality on a regular basis. Levels of chemicals can change from season to season. Also, an old, outdated water filtration system may not filter water as well. Water testing is best left to the professionals. They will be able to tell you whether your water is safe to drink at the current filtration level. They will also let you know when your water filtration system needs to be replaced or serviced.

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