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Friday, July 30, 2010
When it comes to drinking water, any number of problems can arise. Many of these problems can be solved with water filters. But knowing what the problem is before choosing your water filter is the first step in ensuring you get the right type of device.

More often than not, water problems reveal themselves in ways that are easy enough to see, taste or smell. As you become aware of a water problem, jot what you see, taste or smell and use your notes to match your water problem with the proper water filter.


Taste and Odor


Consumers should understand that many times odor and taste problems come about at the same time. Some of the more common issues associated with taste and odor include:

Strong metallic taste: In some regions of the country, metallic taste is present in water naturally. These waters usually have high mineral content which causes that particular taste. Some metals are easier to identify than others. Manganese and iron are two very common metals found in water whose taste is easy to identify.

Hydrogen Sulfide Odor: This odor is most commonly referred to as the rotten egg odor. It is caused by organic matter that is decomposing in underground water supplies. Once the water is released through the faucet, the odorous gas is released into the air. In addition to the odor, many people say they can taste it in the water.

Chlorine Problems: Chlorine can cause both odor and taste issues with drinking water. Chlorine is used in many treatment plants as the primary means of disinfecting raw water. There are two conditions in which chlorine can cause problems: when too much chlorine is injected into the distribution system and when too little chlorine is injected into the system.


Color

Clean water has no color to it. If you notice a tint to your water, you should check for problems. The more common water colors include:

Reddis or Brownish Color: Tap water that has a reddish or brownish tint to it is usually contaminated with either manganese or iron. Not only does this water look bad but it can cause severe stains to sinks, tubs, and clothing.

Yellow Tint: Some consumers who live in the New England, Great Lakes region, or the Southeast may experience water that has a yellow tint. This tint is caused by particles that are picked up as the water moves through peat.

Green or Bluish Tint: Blue or green tinted water is caused by copper. The copper may be in the water naturally or it may be coming from within your home plumbing system. Copper in your system can lead to staining of tubs, sinks, and clothing. In higher doses, above 30 parts per million, it can cause you to become sick if ingested.


All of the above tap water problems can be solved with quality water filters. Tell your water filter vendor what your particular problem is and they can assist you in choosing the right filter to meet your needs.


by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, July 26, 2010
With more consumers becoming aware of the potential hazards associated with their drinking water, the need for information about water filters is expanding. In-home water filters are an excellent option for those wishing to add another layer of protection when it comes to their drinking water. This article looks at the more common types of water filters available on the market today.

Carbon Water Filters:

Carbon water filters can remove most types of organic compounds that are known to cause odor and taste problems. For maximum effectiveness, the water should remain in contact with the filter for an extended period of time. One caution to observe with carbon filters is that water that is allowed to stand for too long may actually cause bacteria to grow in the filter. The solution is to simply flush the system on a periodic basis, or to use the water more frequently. Most average homes do not have to worry about this caution as the water is used on a daily basis.

A major benefit to carbon water filters is they come in a wide variety of models. You can find them in models that are faucet mounted, point of entry, in-line, pour through, line bypass, and specialty filters.

Faucet mounted filters can be attached directly to the faucet, and are very easy to install. In-line filters are installed underneath the sink, usually on the cold water supply line. The line-bypass types of carbon filters will dispense water out of a separate faucet. To filter the water in the whole house, use a point of entry (POE) system. One of the most popular filters is the pour-through type. With these, you simply pour unfiltered water into the device and it filters it. This is the least expensive of the carbon filters, but they can be slow and you cannot filter large amounts of water at one time. Specialty filters can be installed to water supply lines on ice makers and refrigerators that dispense water.

Fiber Water Filters:

Fiber water filters are an excellent option when you need to remove matter that is suspended in the water. Consumers can purchase water filters that are both fiber and carbon in order to get the maximum protection.

Fiber filters are composed of fibrous materials such as cellulose or rayon. These materials are woven into screens with various sizes available. The smaller the screen openings the more material they catch. For this reason the screens must be changed from time to time.

When selecting a fiber filter, it is best to know what type of contaminant you are trying to remove in order to get the proper size of screen.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filtering Units:

These types of units are composed of various membranes, filters, and tanks. They are more expensive than the above mentioned filters but they do a lot more work. They can remove sediment and suspended material from the in-coming water. They can also remove many types of chemicals, such as nitrates. They can also remove matter that causes taste and odor problems.

These are the most common types of water filters available to consumers. If you are unsure of which to buy, consult with a professional water filter vendor. They will be happy to help you select the best model for your needs.


by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Some disturbing news has been released by the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) and the Environmental Working Group. At issue is nitrate contamination within the drinking water supply of many US states.

In May of 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey released its comprehensive 14-year study on public and private water supplies. The study said that 105 million Americans are currently at risk from contaminated water found in many of the nation's public wells.

Just two years ago, in 2008, another USGS report concluded that nitrate levels in many aquifers had increased significantly.

Another study supplied by the Environmental Working Group suggested that as many as thirty U.S. states have nitrate levels in their water that is above the EPA guidelines for nitrate contamination. The EWG report suggests that some six million people may be at risk. States include Arizona, Ohio, Texas, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Florida, and Wisconsin, to name a few.

On this same topic, the EPA released a report in 2008 stating that its 10 year study concluded that an estimated fifty-two percent of community water wells may be contaminated by nitrates. It also reported that fifty-seven percent of all domestic water wells may also be contaminated with nitrates.

Nitrates are commonly found in water and they only become a health issue when they exceed safety limits, which is what is happening in many areas of the country. Nitrates can be especially dangerous to babies, infants, and pregnant women.

As you might imagine, this is alarming news for many millions of Americans. For those who wish to protect their families from excessive nitrate consumption, water filters are a very good option.

Quality water filters can remove excessive nitrates from drinking water, but it is also important to remove them from water that is used for cooking or preparing baby formula or baby food.

You can learn if your water has a high nitrate content by contacting your local water company. You can also find out more about the overall safety of your water by asking for a copy of the water company's annual water report. By law, water companies must provide these reports to all of its customers at least once a year.

If you get your water from a private well, you will need to have it tested to see how much nitrate is in it.

Because nitrate levels can fluctuate over time, many consumers may want to install water filters just to be on the safe side. Nitrates are colorless and odorless, and the only safe way to prevent them from being ingested is to remove them with a good quality water filter.


by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, July 19, 2010
For many homes and farms, water filters can be a solution to drinking water that may be contaminated by agricultural runoff. This article takes a look at this type of contamination and how water filters can be used to help solve this potential problem.

The main issue associated with farm runoff, as it pertains to drinking water, comes from the chemicals that are used on farms: pesticides and fertilizers. These chemicals can find their way into underground aquifers when they seep through the dirt. They can also get into water sources by traveling along the upper soil, such as after a heavy rain, and entering rivers and streams.

Those who live in rural areas face this potential type of water contamination more so than those who live in urban areas. The reason for this simple: rural homes and farms often get their water from private wells.

Private wells are not required to be monitored for contamination levels as public water supplies are required. This means that some homes and farms may be at risk. It is also important to remember that ag runoff contamination can happen at any time and does not always present itself in the same place. This makes controlling this type of water contamination very difficult.

The best way to think of this is to imagine a factory located on a river bank that pours its waste into the river. You can see this factory; you know where it is. Now imagine living in a rural area surrounded by thousands of acres of farm land. Contamination into the ground water can happen anywhere, and you most likely will not know where it is occurring or even "if" it is occurring.

Because there are so many unknowns when it comes to private well water contamination, homeowners should install water filters to help protect their families from possible exposure to these materials.

One would think that having the water tested would be a good first step. While testing well water is always a good idea, it must be remembered that agricultural runoff can occur at any time, especially after heavy rain or snow melts. In other words, you will never really know when it occurs.

One clue, however, is the activity of your surrounding area. If you know for a fact that many farmers or ranchers are using pesticides and fertilizers on their crops or on their land, you can be assured that at least some runoff will take place. In most cases, you can also be assured that at least some of this material is likely to seep into the underground water source from which you may be getting your drinking water.

There are several ways you can protect yourself from these types of contaminants. Chlorination of the water will kill most bacteria and other organisms. Aeration can help to dispel many toxins into the atmosphere, and media filters installed in the home can help to catch many other types of contaminants.

Modern water filters, even whole house water filters, are much more affordable today than ever before. If you are not sure which type of water filter to use for your home, consult with a professional who can answer your questions and help you make the best decision.


by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 16, 2010
Many modern refrigerators have water dispensing units. These units can be very convenient for dispensing cold water to the whole family. But like the other water dispensing taps in your home, you may need to add a water filter to the line. This is easy to do and very affordable.

In order to install an refrigerator in-line water filter to your refrigerator water supply line, first determine what type and size of filter you need. You can normally get this from the owner's manual or by calling an authorized dealer for your brand of refrigerator.

In-line water filters for refrigerators and ice makers can be found at most hardware and home supply companies. Just make sure you get the right type for your appliance. If you have a copper pipe that will need to be cut you may want to pick up a pipe cutter while you are there if you do not have one.

Once you have your filter, turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. Most refrigerators have a shut off valve located on the supply line. If yours does not, you will have to turn off the water from the main.

After you are sure the water is off, you need to mark the water supply line according to the filter's instructions. You will generally need to cut out a length of supply line in order to put the new filter into the line.

Once you have made your cuts make sure you sand down the cut ends of the pipe before installing the filter. This can help prevent metal shavings from traveling into the water line once the water is turned back on.

Many in-line water filters have to be installed using the direction arrows or information on the filter housing. Some models say "Inlet" and "Outlet" or simply "IN" and "OUT". It is important that you follow these directions carefully or your filter will not work.

Your new water filter will have connectors and you simply follow the directions. You may have brass fittings, ferrules, or compression seals. All of these are easy to work with.

Once you have the connections tightened, turn on the water and check for leaks.

A good idea is to let the water run for a few minutes immediately after installation. This will allow any debris to flow out to waste.

If you have any questions about in-line water filters for your refrigerator or ice maker, contact a reliable water filter vendor. They can help you decide on the type of filter that will best suit your particular needs.


by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, July 12, 2010
The United States has some of the safest drinking water on the planet, yet problems still persist in many areas. Odor and taste problems are two of the most common. Other issues such as chlorine and mineral content are also fairly common in many parts of the country. One of the best ways to affordably remove these problems from household water is through the use of an in-line water filter.

Installing an in-line water filter is easy and can be accomplished by most homeowners, using only a few simple hand-tools. The following is a basic set of instructions for the installation of an in-line water filter. They are NOT meant to replace the manufacturer's instructions, which you should follow carefully once you have your water filters on-site.

The first step is to determine where the filter will go. Most homes place the water filter under the sink in the kitchen, but you can place an in-line water filter at any tap in the house, including the bathroom.

The water filter will go onto the cold water supply pipe, so you will need to locate that as well. You should try to install the water filter between the cold water cut off valve and the faucet.

If you have a cold-water shut off valve under the sink, turn the water off. If you do not have a shut off valve, turn the water off at the meter.

Generally, you will need to cut off about three inches of the cold water piping, but, again, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on the type of pipe you have, you will need to use the appropriate cutting tool.

Once the cut is made, install the water filter as instructed. Make sure you install it in the proper direction. Look for the words "IN" or "Inlet". This side must be connected to the water supply side. The other side of the filter will say "Out" or "Outlet" and must be connected to the faucet side of the pipe.

Before you secure the water filter to the cabinet or wall, make sure you locate it so that you can easily change the filters out when needed. Some in-line water filters require you to unscrew the sump top, so, again, make sure you have plenty of room for that future job now.

If needed, place a filter into the sump portion of the water filter and secure it in place.

Mount your water filter using the bracket (normally included with the water filter).

Turn the water on and look for leaks. Allow the water to run a few minutes in order to flush out the new filter and pipes.

Note: It is a very good idea to jot down the date you install the filter. This information will be useful later on when you need to change the filter media.


by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 9, 2010
It is no secret that homeowners who live near landfills can be at risk to water contamination. Landfills can contaminate water sources that are both above ground and underground. Consumers who live near landfills, or water sources that are located near these fills, should be cautious about the water they drink and consider the use of quality water filters as an added layer of protection.

As mentioned above, landfills can contaminate water supplies in two ways. The first is via percolation.

Landfills can easily become saturated with moisture. Rainfall is the most common cause of saturation, but there are other ways such as snow melts. In addition, much of the material that is placed into landfills will produce its own moisture that trickles down into the soil.

Moisture that seeps down through landfill matter often continues to seep into the soil. As it continues downward, it can enter underground aquifers. These same aquifers may be used by municipal water companies or those who get their water from private wells.

The second way landfill moisture can contaminate water is via run off. Run off is simply excessive moisture that flows out of the landfill, on the surface, and into waterways such as rivers, streams, and lakes.

Again, surface water is often used by city water treatment plants which may be located downstream from the landfill or the point of entry of the contaminated moisture.

In both cases, contamination via seepage or run off, the contaminant matter found in landfill moisture can be hazardous to anyone's health. In addition to bacteria and other forms of organic matter, the fluid may also contain heavy metals such as lead and copper, chemical waste, and other types of toxic materials.

Newly constructed landfills often anticipate these types of problems and design the site to prevent seepage and run off. Older landfills, however, rarely have the needed design structures to prevent either. It should also be noted that even abandoned landfills, those not in use any longer, can pose a threat to water safety for decades.

Many homeowners simply do not want to take chances with their family's health. One way to combat possible contamination from landfills is to install quality water filters in the home.

Quality water filters can trap and remove many of the contaminates often found in both groundwater and surface water. Water filters are both affordable and easy to install. The use of water filters can be especially important for those who get their water from private wells. These wells are normally not regulated or tested by state water authorities and are subject to contamination that the homeowner may not even realize until it is too late.


by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Some of the most popular water filters in America, and around the globe, for that matter, are the under sink water filters. There are a variety of reasons these models are so well-liked. First, they are very affordable. Second, these water filters can be purchased to handle an array of water complaints. Third, they are located out of sight and easy to install.

Before you buy an under-sink water filter make sure you are buying the one that you need. If, for instance, you want to remove chlorine odor and taste from your drinking water, select one that has the appropriate filter to handle that type of problem.

Once you have your under-counter water filter, installing it is relatively easy and can be accomplished using a few simple tools. The following is a general set of instructions for installing this type of water filter, but you are cautioned to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully as they may be slightly different than what you see here.

The first step to installing an under-sink water filter is to turn off the cold-water supply line. Once the water is off, you will need to disconnect the cold water line from the faucet.

Using plumbing tape, wrap the threads of the tee joint fitting and the adapter. Install the tee fitting to the line and tighten the connections.

At this point, you will need to connect the fitting to the water line. Depending on the type of water supply line you have (copper, pvc, etc), make the connection.

Connect the tubing, which came with the unit, to the shut off valve on the inline side.

Once these connections are made, install the unit to the cabinet. Make sure you leave enough room to get in to change filters later on.

In order to secure the water filter faucet to the sink, you will need to remove the spray hose and its assembly.

Use plumbing putty around the new faucet and set the faucet into the spray hose hole. Tighten down the new faucet.

Using compression fittings, connect the water line tubing to the new faucet and tighten as instructed.

Now, connect the inlet side of the cold water supply line to the undersink water filter, making sure you connect it to the proper side of the housing.

Connect the tubing to the outlet side of the water filter housing unit.

Turn on the water and check for leaks. If no leaks are found, open the new faucet and check for leaks. Allow the water to run for a few moments to flush out the system.

You may want to put a small piece of masking tape on the water filter housing unit with the date on it. This can be used later on as a reference for maintenance purposes.


by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 2, 2010
Virtually every diet plan includes the advice to drink plenty of water. Normally, they suggest up to eight glasses a day. Not bad advice, but before you begin ingesting that much water, you may want to consider installing a simple, affordable water filter.

It is no secret that water is an essential component to good health. Our bodies need water for a variety of reasons. When a human body is properly hydrated, metabolism improves and chemical reactions take place more efficiently. So, there is no debate that water is good for us.

But this does not mean that water does not have its own issues, namely, water-borne contaminates. It only serves common sense that the more water one drinks the more contaminants one is ingesting. This potential hazard can be alleviated easily enough with water filters.

When it comes to dieting and water filters, consumers have a lot of options these days. In many respects, these options are better than buying bottled water which can be very expensive and offers no real added protection over the tap water you now have.

By installing a simple water filter at one or more taps, dieters can get the best possible water and feel safe drinking the amounts they need.

The reason in-home water filters are so important is because they catch contaminants that make it through to the home. Bacteria, organics, minerals and other types of unwanted matter can be caught at the tap, thus significantly reducing the homeowner's exposure to these types of materials.

Some of the best news concerning in-home water filters is that modern technology has made them available in a wide variety of styles, models, and prices. For just a few dollars, dieters can install a quality water filter at the main tap for drinking water or for a few more dollars install filters throughout the home.

When one considers the potential health benefits to adding water filters to the home, the cost becomes negligible. If considered over the long term, water filters are a fraction of the cost of bottled water and filters offer far better protection than any brand of bottled water when it comes to being clean and pure.

It has been suggested by some that dehydration brings on hunger pangs. And, as we all know, when we feel hunger we are more tempted to eat. For those on a diet, this can cause problems.

And so the dilemma begins. Dieters need to drink more water but they also need to protect themselves from any increased exposure to water-borne contaminants. The answer is water filters. It really is that simple.

When shopping for quality water filters it is important to ensure that you are buying from a reliable and honest vendor. There are filter rip-off's being offered on the Internet and you need to avoid buying those at all costs. Shop with a vendor who has a history of selling top quality water filters and you will avoid disappointment.


by: Chris Tracey

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