Access to clean and safe drinking water is crucial to maintaining good health. With the rise of DIY water treatment methods, many have enjoyed the benefits of purified water without breaking the bank.

However, DIY water treatment can lead to detrimental results if not done correctly. This article discusses three of the most common DIY water treatment mistakes that can put you and your loved ones at risk.

Over-reliance on Boiling Water

Boiling water effectively kills bacteria and viruses in water, making it safe to drink. However, relying solely on boiled water as a treatment method does not remove harmful chemicals, heavy metals, or other pollutants that may be present in your water.

Unfortunately, drinking water with such contaminants can lead to various health problems, including gastrointestinal illnesses and chronic diseases.

Also, some heat-resistant microorganisms can survive the boiling process, posing potential health risks. These microorganisms include the hardy Cryptosporidium and Giardia parasites, which can cause serious illnesses if ingested.

Boiling the water also consumes a lot of energy and time, making it inefficient for treating large volumes of water. Therefore, while it can be part of a multi-step water purification process, you should not over-rely on this option as a standalone solution for water treatment.

Adding Chemicals Without Proper Knowledge

Some people try to treat water using chemicals such as chlorine, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide, which can be harmful if not used correctly. Adding too much chlorine, for instance, can make water taste bad or even toxic. Chlorine can also react with other contaminants in water, forming potentially harmful byproducts.

Additionally, most chemicals are not meant for long-term water treatment and should not be used as a sole water treatment method. Some chemicals should also be used cautiously as they may require special handling and storage to ensure maximum effectiveness.

This is why it's important to understand the dosage and proper storage when adding chemicals to the water. Any mistakes can yield unpredictable results, putting you and your family at risk. Be sure to follow the instructions on the chemical labels or consult a professional before you attempt any DIY water treatment.

Neglecting to Test Water Quality

People use DIY water treatment methods to ensure that they have clean and safe drinking water. However, if you don't test for water quality, you risk not knowing what impurities remain in the water. Even after treatment, some contaminants may linger in the water and can only be identified through testing.

Water testing helps you verify that the DIY treatment methods are working as they should. There are many water testing kits available online or in stores that you can use to test your water hardness, pH level, and other parameters relevant to water quality.

But it's better to have a professional do this for you as they can access more accurate testing methods and provide a detailed analysis of your drinking water. 

For more info about water treatment, contact a local company.