If you drink tap water every day, you could be putting your family's health at risk. One way to reduce the risk is to buy bottled water. Unfortunately, that process can be costly and time-consuming. A better option is to have a whole-house water treatment system installed in your home. Water treatment systems help to remove the harmful substances in tap water that can make you and your family sick. If you don't think you need to have a plumbing contractor install a water treatment system in your home, read the list below. Here are just a few ways ordinary tap water can negatively affect your health. 

Lead Poisoning

If you have children, you need to be concerned about the lead levels in your drinking water. Lead can cause serious health problems such as decreased kidney function, behavioral changes, and growth problems. Elevated lead levels can even harm adults. In adults, elevated lead levels can lead to hypertension and reproductive problems. If you're not sure what your tap water contains, have it tested. If it contains elevated lead levels, you need to talk to your plumbing contractor about installing a whole-house water treatment system. 

Fluoride Overload 

If your municipal water supply is fluoridated, it's time to have a water treatment system installed in your home. Unfortunately, too much fluoride can be a bad thing. But, most people don't realize that they're exposing their family to too much fluoride. In fact, most people choose fluoridated toothpaste and dental rinses for their dental hygiene routines. Those measures increase the risk of elevated fluoride exposure. Unfortunately, fluoride overload can lead to neurological damage and even an increase in the occurrence of cavities. To reduce the fluoride levels have a plumbing contractor install a water treatment system in your home. 

Chemical Contamination

If you live near a dry cleaning establishment, you and your family could be drinking volatile organic compounds. Dry cleaning chemicals contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs. During the cleaning process, the VOCs are released into the air as vapor. Once in the air, they can be absorbed into the soil, where they can contaminate the groundwater supply. This problem can be eliminated with the addition of a home water treatment system. 

Don't risk anyone's health. To protect the quality of the tap water that your family drinks, talk to a plumbing contractor about installing a water treatment system in your home.