Taking a shower is part of the morning ritual for millions of Americans. However, when the water is purified with chlorine (a standard treatment for city potable water lines), it can cause a number of negative side effects. Chlorine is poisonous for humans to consume, and can cause dry, itchy skin, hair discoloration, and even headaches when breathed through the steam of a hot shower. When used in a shower, chlorine can cause hair to become brittle as well. When vaporized through steam, it will irritate the mucous membranes in your mouth, eyes, and nose. Long-term exposure to chlorine has been linked with an increased risk of heart disease, as well as bladder and colon cancer. Although the amount of chlorine in city tap water is small, taking a shower actually causes more exposure to the chemical than drinking the water.
Getting water from a well is one solution to this problem, but it is not a viable option for everyone. For many people, the answer is to get a filter shower head. A filter shower head is designed to reduce or eliminate the chlorine contamination of your shower water and the consequent health problems associated with the chemical. Of course, a filter shower head will also eliminate a number of other contaminants, including rust, silt, trace elements, as well as a variety of odors, like sulfur or musty smells. These issues can face even those who have a well instead of a city water line, so filter shower heads are useful for anyone who wants clean water for bathing.
Many filter shower heads operate through a process using what is essentially a small electrical current. A compound called KDF™ is often used, which is a combination of copper and zinc. When running water passes over this compound, KDF™ acts like a magnet and becomes polarized, trapping harmful chemicals and particles from passing through. This eliminates the chlorine, odors, and trace metals that contaminate shower water. Depending on the concentration of contaminants in the water and the type of filter you use, these filters will have to be replaced after a while, when they become saturated with trapped contaminants.
Fortunately, filter shower heads are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. They are available at home furnishing stores as well as online, so you have a variety of options to choose from. It helps to read the manufacturer’s information for the filter in question to determine what it is designed to filter. If you can find out what particular kinds of contaminants are in your water, you can get a filter shower head specifically designed to eliminate them. Sales representatives can help you make the right choice. If you live in a city with a city water line, you can assume chlorine is used to treat the water. If you use a well, it may help to contact the well digging company that installed it to determine what kinds of contaminants might be in the water. You can also get your water tested at home through simple kits.