Virginia Environmental Resources

Quality Drinking Water Filtration

We offer complete water testing services and the best professional water tests to identify the most common contaminants and elements that effect your water. We have partnered with a National laboratory to help diagnose more extensive water problems as well. Our comprehensive in-home water testing experts are eager to help!

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What is a Whole Home Water filtration system?

A whole house water filter, also known as a point-of-entry tap, is a system that is installed where your main water line enters your home. It can aid in the removal of impurities from your water, including sulfur, iron, and chlorine. Point-of-entry filters, also known as whole-house water filters, act as entry points for your tap water, letting only clean, fresh water reach your faucets and appliances. Cleaner water is available from every tap in your house thanks to whole-house water filters. In contrast, countertop and under-sink water filters are point-of-use (POU) filters. They attach to a single fixture, such as the kitchen sink, or are simply placed on the countertop, and only filter the water that you use in that specific place. What’s in your water will determine which whole-house water filter is best. Some operate to lessen sediment, iron, sulfur, and arsenic in your water, while others are made to address the unpleasant smells of chlorine. Uncertain about which one will resolve your water issues? We provide free in-home water tests to help you choose the best option. Schedule a FREE in-home water test today!

How does a whole house water filter work?

Whole-house water filters can be classified into five categories: carbon filters, water softeners, UV purification systems, sediment filters, and acid neutralizers. The best filter for you will depend on a detailed understanding of the composition of your water because each filter targets a different contaminant or problem with water quality.

A Granular Active Carbon (GAC) Filtration system works by passing water through a carbon filter in the tank that catches water contaminates, then clean water exits the system and is distributed throughout your home. GAC filters have been shown to be an effective way to eliminate certain chemicals from water, especially organic ones. GAC filters can also be used to get rid of substances like chlorine and hydrogen sulfide, which give water an unpleasant taste or odor similar to rotten eggs.

Carbon filters can remove

  • Chlorine
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Bad tastes and Odors
  • Trihalomethanes
  • per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances a.k.a PFAS

Each water softener contains a bed of resin beads that the water moves through. These small beads are a bundle of polymers that hold a negative electrical charge, like a magnet. At the start of the process, the water is considered hard water because it contains calcium and magnesium from the bedrock the water eroded as it passed through the ground. If left untreated, the calcium ends up clinging to every surface in your home creating crusty white deposits. Not only is that hardness buildup unattractive, but it can also lead to damage to your water-using appliances like coffee pots, washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers, humidifiers, and more.

Water Softeners can remove:

  • Dissolved Iron 
  • Dissolved Manganese
  • Dissolved Calcium
  • Dissolved Magnesium
  • Scale

Reverse osmosis (RO), generally regarded as one of the best water filtration techniques, produces pure, delicious-tasting water. Applications for RO systems are numerous and include restaurant filtration, faucets, aquariums, and full homes. There’s probably an RO system out there that will work for you, no matter what kind of water you initially have. Water in a reverse osmosis system is prefiltered to remove silt and chlorine, and then the water is forced through a semipermeable membrane to remove dissolved solids. Water flows through a postfilter to refine its quality after leaving the RO membrane and before it is directed into a special faucet.

Reverse Osmosis filters can remove:

  • Fluoride
  • Salt
  • Sediment
  • Chlorine
  • Arsenic
  • Herbicides and pesticides 
  • per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances a.k.a PFAS

The Hague WaterMax Signature series can soften and filter all of your water in the same product instead of buying a water softener and a water filter separately. 

What are the benefits of a whole house water filter?

A water filter purifies your tap water even further. With a whole house water filtration system you get access to fresh, clean water from every faucet. Beyond just hard water problems, many homes have other water-related problems. You might benefit from a whole-house water filter regardless of whether you get your water from a private well or the city. Hard or problematic water can be transformed into cleaner, safer water that is better for your family and your entire home with the aid of a whole home filtration system.

A water filtration system can help improve:

  • Reduction of contaminants, minerals, silt, and debris
  • High chlorine content
  • Foul tastes
  • Bad smelling water
  • Rust stains on sinks and tubs

With a Hague WaterMax, you get the best of both worlds: a water softener to reduce hardness and the added filtration capabilities to improve the taste and odors of your water. Not all water softeners are created equal; a WaterMax can soften and filter for your entire house all in the same product instead of buying a water softener and a water filter separately. A Water treatment system can also SAVE you money in the long-term. Hague WaterMax owners report savings in a number of areas:

  • Soaps and cleaning products perform better
  • No need to purchase bottled water
  • Plumbing and appliances last longer
  • Better appliance performance and efficiency
  • Less need to buy lotions and conditioners

How do I know If I need a whole-House Water filter?

Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs
Rust Stains
Dry, Itchy Skin
Undetected Contaminants

Certain contaminants are invisible in your water, but others make no effort to hide their presence. Troublesome water may leave behind stains, smell bad, or even taste bad. Indications that a whole-house water filtration system might be necessary include:

  • Your drinking water smells like rotten eggs
  • Deposits on plumbing fixtures and stains on your dishes
  • Dry skin or hair after showering
  • Your drinking water tastes bad
  • Water-based appliances have rust stains
  • Corroded Plumbing

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what’s in your water simply by looking at it. Some contaminants can make your water taste or smell bad, but others may escape your senses and remain undetected. Examples of these include:

  • Arsenic: Since Arsenic is both tasteless and odorless it can easily go undetected. However, exposure to this contaminant will eventually become toxic. Furthermore, a number of skin and medical conditions have been connected to prolonged exposure to arsenic.
  • Lead: This contaminant is tasteless, odorless, and colorless.  Prolonged exposure can lead to negative health implications. 
  • Nitrates: This contaminant, which is colorless, tasteless, and odorless, can promote the growth of other bacteria in water and raise the production of carcinogens in adult bodies.
  • Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS or PFOS):  PFAS are a family of manmade chemicals widely used in consumer products that may have leaked into water supplies. Studies show that they can build up in the human body offer time and cause negative health implications. They are commonly used in items such as nonstick cookware, fire-fighting foams, microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, cosmetics, and water-resistant fabrics.

In order to determine what contaminants you need to remove from your water and which system would be most effective, contact us today for a FREE in-home water test! 

How Do I Choose The Best Whole House Water Filter For My Home?

The source and location of your water can have a significant impact on the quality of the water. That’s the reason why you may not benefit as greatly from the same whole-house water filtration system that works best for someone else. When you schedule a free, in-home water test, your local Water expert will recommend the best whole-house water filtration system for your home.  At Virginia Environmental Resources we deliver customized solutions for great-tasting, odor-free water from every tap, every time.

How much do whole house water filters cost?

In a nutshell, it depends. It is contingent upon the intricacy of the filtration system required to address your specific water quality problem. The lengthy response is that a whole-house water filter should be budgeted between several hundred and several thousand dollars. You won’t have to pay for pricey repairs or replace your appliances as frequently, though, because whole house systems safeguard your pipes and appliances. Additionally, the majority of people spend $400 to $1,000 on bottled water annually. Because a whole-house filter removes the need to purchase bottled water, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. If a whole-house water filter addresses your concerns about the quality of your water and gives you peace of mind, it’s worth every penny. The first step is scheduling a FREE at-home water test with our experts! 

Virginia Environmental Resources sells and installs premium Hague water filters and treatment systems that remove contaminants and improve water quality. Fill out our contact form today or call us at (540)-737-4915.

Why Choose Virginia Environmental Resources?

We established our reputation by providing excellent customer service at every single job. Our mission is simple, to help people access clean water. When you work with Virginia Environmental Resources, you can count on personalized, one-on-one service every step of the way. Let us earn your trust by being responsive, intuitive, and sincere. Our goal is to earn your respect by completing projects professionally, on time, and within budget. With Virginia Environmental Resources can offer you:


Virginia Environmental Resources is proud to be the authorized Hague Quality Water dealer in Fredericksburg and its surrounding areas. Since 1960, Hague Quality Water has been manufacturing the most reliable and efficient water treatment systems in the USA. We are water treatment specialists, experienced, knowledgeable, and eager to offer expert installation and service.

There are many reasons why Hague is the best in the industry. As a continuously family-owned and operated business since the company’s inception, Hague has demonstrated to be there for you when you need us. After 50 years of experience and innovation, Hague is dedicated to staying at the forefront of the industry with leading technology, unsurpassed quality, and incomparable efficiency.

We look forward to serving your water treatment needs. Contact us today!

Schedule an In-Home Water Test with our Experts now!

We offer complete water testing services and the best professional water tests to identify the most common contaminants and elements that effect your water. We have partnered with a National laboratory to help diagnose more extensive water problems as well.