Pittsburgh: Why You Need a Shower Water Filter, And How To Choose One
Since drinking water concerns in cities like Flint, Michigan and other areas of the country have become more and more common, many of us are aware of the importance of clean, safe drinking water. It’s also increasingly apparent that this may not be a guarantee in Pittsburgh, in the water infrastructure our local municipalities use. It’s why growing numbers of people are turning to water filtration systems to ensure their drinking water is safe — but did you know your tap water isn’t the only place you should be thinking about water safety and quality?
The bathroom is another important consideration when planning for your personal water safety. Showers, in particular, can cause problems if water is contaminated or heavily treated with chemicals. For example, cities commonly use chlorine to treat the water supply for bacteria and other contaminants, but this excess chlorine can be absorbed into the skin (sometimes in large quantities) when we’re showering, since most of us prefer to shower in warm water. The warmer the water, the more it opens pores, which effectively ushers chlorine (and any other water-borne contaminants that may be present in the water) right into the largest organ in our bodies —our skin.
Hot water can also cause any toxins, bacteria, or fungus in water to become airborne, turning a water-borne concern into a respiratory issue for some, especially those with already-compromised respiratory conditions like asthma.
How a Shower Water Filter Can Help
In addition to reducing chemical exposure when you shower, shower head filters can also improve your hair’s shine and feel, as well as support healthier, softer skin by minimizing contact with chemicals and toxins. If you choose a water filter that softens water as well, you’ll also notice that you need less soap, shampoo, and conditioner to get the job done as soft water helps very little product lather up quickly — saving you money with every single shower.
Shower head filters can be useful even — and especially — if you live in a dorm, rental home, or apartment, or somewhere that already features water filtration. Not all water filters are created equal, so unless you’ve done the research to know exactly what kind of water filter your water is passing through, it may not make much difference when it comes to your general health, hair or skin care routine. Softeners and filtration systems need to be serviced regularly to be effective, so if your landlord or property manager isn’t on top of the recommended maintenance, a shower head filter can be a great choice to ensure your shower is not only safe, but easier on your hair and skin. An extra bonus? Your shower will also be easier to clean, since shower head filters make it less likely water will leave unsightly or hard-to-remove hard water spots and residue on the shower and fixtures.
Choosing the Right Shower Head Filter
Shower head filters are a pretty affordable, effective way to make sure you’re showering with fresh, clean water that not only protects your health, but also helps your hair and skin look and feel its best. A good place to start when determining what kind of shower head filter might be right for you is to learn what’s in your water to begin with. You can:
- Call your local water utility to ask
- Have Culligan Man provide you with a free water test
- Pick up a water test kit at your local hardware store
Or, start online by checking the Environmental Working Group’s water tap database.
Once you know what contaminants and/or chemicals you’re dealing with, you can narrow down shower head filters by what they’re designed to do.
For instance, some shower filters are best suited to soften water, so their filtration targets removing dissolved minerals and metals from water. Others use carbon filtration to better target problematic additives like chlorine.
From there, it’s often a matter of personal preference about what kind of water pressure and spray settings you’re looking for from your shower head.