A Brief Guide to Water Filter Installations
Clean water is essential to daily living and people pay good money to make sure that the water they consume is totally free from all sorts of potentially harmful elements. A typical Australian home buys crates and crates of bottled water from grocers even if they have treated water out of the tap. Top water companies brag about their state of the art filtration systems, but perhaps, due to pollution and other variables, most would still rather play it safe and pay extra to buy water or invest in additional water filter installations for their home. Whether “more expensive water” is truly safer or not, people who can afford it don’t think twice about them.
When it comes to water filtration systems, they are known to effectively eliminate the following contaminants:
- Disinfectants — These are water additives/chemicals used to prevent microbial growth or proliferation
- Disinfection by-products — These are contaminants resulting from the use of chemical agents for disinfection
- Inorganic chemicals — These pertain to discharge from corrosion from pipes or erosion of natural deposits (especially after landslides and flooding)
- Microorganisms — Human and animal faecal waste and naturally occurring bacteria (such as Legionella)
- Organic chemicals — Runoff from herbicides and insecticides
- Radionuclides — Erosion of natural and man-made deposits
If you’re keen on installing water filter systems for your home, here is a guide to the best places for them.
- Place portable filters on the kitchen tap because that’s where you get water for drinking, cooking and cleaning items that you eat or put in your mouth. A lot of water filter systems attached to kitchen taps are known to get rid of small particles and remove fluoride from acidic water. The advantage of using these “instant” systems is that they’re cheaper; however, their filtering ability is quite limited.
- The shower is also another place where a water filter system should be installed. Chlorine, which comes in contact with the body during long baths and gets absorbed by the skin, is a leading cause of skin irritation. Plumbers suggest filters that contain at least a pound of KDF (Kinetic Degradation Fluxation) pre-filter media and have a 10,000 gallon removal certification from authorities. Nowadays, there are shower heads with their own built-in filtration systems – although they’re quite pricey, they are easy to install, and they are said to last a lifetime.