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Friday, July 29, 2011
Many consumers want cleaner, fresher water in the home or office. One of the best ways to improve tap water is to install an undersink water filter. Not only can the consumer have cleaner water, but can also save room on the countertop.

An under-sink water filter is installed under the sink, as one might imagine. The installation is usually fairly straightforward and involves tying the water filter into the existing water supply line. This is normally done on the cold water side of the supply. Unless you purchase a special filter that can be used on the hot water side, always attach to the cold water supply line.

When installing your undersink water filter try to ensure that you place the filter device in a position that is easy to reach as you will have to replace the filter media from time to time. Might as well make it easy on yourself from the start!

Before buying your undersink water filter, consider what you want the filter to do. Not all water filters do the same thing. The good news is you have many options today, including the option of a general purpose water filter that is fine for many homes and offices.

Aside from the general purpose models available, consumers can also select from models that can remove chlorine from the water, models that remove fluoride or remove metals such as iron and manganese. There are also undersink water filters that can remove sediment from the incoming water.

For those wishing to protect their tap water from bacteria or other types of microorganisms make sure you purchase a filter that is rated and approved for that purpose. A carbon block system is often a good option for those who want to remove these small cysts from the incoming water. Still, make sure that the filter you choose uses a filter media that is capable of trapping these microscopic organisms.

Because the price has come down so far, many consumers now prefer to buy undersink water filters that include a small alarm system that lets the owner know it is time to change the filter media. This is a great bonus and should be considered by anyone wishing to install this type of water filter.

Lastly, it is always a good idea to match the undersink water filter with the amount of water that is normally used at that particular point of use. For instance, the kitchen sink normally processes more water than the bathroom sink. Consumers would want to ensure that the water filter purchased for the kitchen can deliver more water, faster, than what they might need for the bathroom.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
In times of emergency, a portable water filter can literally save lives. These small devices are capable of filtering water to remove harmful, sometimes fatal, contaminants, making the water safe for human consumption. For those who wish to be prepared in times of sudden disaster, a portable water filter is worth its weight in gold.

For those considering the purchase of a portable water filter, a few considerations need to be addressed. Let's look at some of these considerations.

First, portable water filters are designed to last a few days or for a much longer period of time. Consumers should decide if they need a less expensive, but shorter lived, water filter or if they need a device that will last much longer. The shorter lived portable water filters will generally last two to four days, depending on the level of use. The longer lived devices, which are sometimes called "survival water filters" can be purchased that last for years. They are, of course, more expensive.

The smaller devices are normally used for short-term disasters such as found during tornadoes, floods, or hurricane. The survival models are used by those who believe loss of water service may last for months or years.

When considering a portable water filter of the shorter lived design, which is what most consumers are looking for, it is imperative to read the manufacturer's literature before purchasing. Consumers want to know what contaminants the filter will remove and the amount of water the filter can handle before the media must be changed. There is no such thing as one size fits all in filter media. Some filters are very effective at removing sediment but are not effective at all at removing bacteria. The same may hold true in reverse.

For this reason, consumers must learn what the filter is capable of doing and what it cannot do. As mentioned above, it is also important to know how much raw water the filter can process before it must be changed. Consumers will want to have extra filter media on hand for replacement purposes.

Portable water filters can be ordered online and are generally very affordable. They are a great asset to any home emergency kit.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, July 25, 2011
Water filtering alkalizing is associated with raising the pH of water. Water can exist in three states: acid (pH less than 7), neutral (pH of 7), alkaline (pH higher than 7). The level of its pH will determine the state of the water. Knowing the above is key to understanding how alkalizing water filters work and why so many people are now using them.

Much of the food we consume creates waste that is acidic in nature. In order to bring the body back to a balanced state, more alkaline is needed. This is the premise behind drinking water from alkaline water filters. The higher pH of this water is used to offset the acidic levels of the body, which are known to breed microorganisms, bacteria and viruses.

Acidic wastes are transported to the liver and kidney for processing and elimination. At this pH level, the waste can cause damage to these organs as well as to virtually all cells within the body. In order to combat this effect, we need to drink water that is mineral rich as well as alkalizing. Alkaline water will help to neutralize acids and helps to remove toxins from the body.

Alkalized water also works as a conductor of the electrochemical activity that takes place from cell to cell. Proponents of alkalized water suggest drinking water with a pH that is between 9 and 10.

In order to increase the pH of tap water, one can use an alkalizing water filter. There are currently many brands and models of these water filters available. It is important, however, to remember that these water filters are designed to raise the pH and are, therefore, not your everyday, general purpose water filter.

In terms of alkalizing water filter systems, consumers can choose from systems that work as water distillers. This type of filter heats the water until it condensates and then catches the runoff. Distilling has the added benefit of killing bacteria, viruses, cysts and will remove most heavy metals.

Water ionizers are another option. These filters ionize the water by running the water over negative and positive electrodes. This process separates the water into alkaline (70%) and acidic (30%). The alkaline water is then used for drinking, and the acidic water can be used for other purposes such as washing. Some water ionizers are available with adjustment settings so you can select the level of alkalinity you want.

If you have questions concerning alkaline drinking water, contact a reliable water filter vendor who can help answer your questions or do a simple online search. There is much information on this subject available to the general public.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 22, 2011
With more and more consumers becoming aware of the potential hazards associated with tap water, information on drinking water filters has become an important factor in making the right buying decision. While there are dozens of reasons to install a drinking water filter, here are 10 of the most important.

10 Reasons to Use a Drinking Water Filter:

Clean water is essential for good health. This is simply a fact, and without clean water, people can, and do, become ill. In some cases, waterborne contaminants can be fatal.

Many of those living in the US may not realize that drinking impure, contaminated water is the number one leading cause of epidemic disease in many developing countries.

The EPA estimates that there are more than 2100 known drinking water contaminants, any of which may be present in tap water. Some of these containments include known poisons such as arsenic and mercury.

Bottled water is often not as clean as consumers think. In fact, many brands of bottled water use tap water as their source. In effect, the consumer is paying a lot more for water that is no better than that found at the home sink.

Municipal water treatment plants cannot guarantee 100 percent clean water at all times. In fact, many treatment plants have had to shut down temporarily for outbreaks of E. coli and other contaminants.

Installing a good-quality drinking water filter is the most effective way to ensure that your drinking water is contaminant free. Drinking water filters can be installed as either whole house water systems or as point of use water filters.

Did you know that several types of cancer have been attributed to toxic materials that are often found in drinking water?

Drinking water that is clean is essential for the good health of all people, but especially important for children and for those who may have immune deficiency issues.

The EPA estimates that the presence of lead in drinking water contributes to more than 480,000 cases of learning disorders in children each year within the United States alone.

The use of a high-quality water filter for drinking water is especially important for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Many contaminants have been attributed to birth defects, and a drinking water filter is the best way to protect the unborn.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
 Many consumers rely on their home or office water filters to clean and purify their drinking water. Over the last few years, the use of water filters has increased significantly as more and more people become concerned with the quality of their tap water. But did you know that most water filters require at least some maintenance in order to operate properly? It is true, and one of the most important tasks the owner of a water filter needs to perform is changing or cleaning the filter media.

Water filters, whether they are point of use devices or whole house systems, often require the owner to change or replace the filter media. This is because many filters work on the principal of collection. In other words, the media traps, or collects, the harmful material and holds it within the media itself. As you imagine, this media will, at some point in time, become full. Once this happens, the media must be cleaned or replaced, depending on the type of filter the consumer is using.

Most modern water filters now use replaceable cartridges. These cartridges hold the media and are easy to change out. The consumer simply removes the old cartridge, discards it, and replaces it with a new one. This type of filter can be changed in a matter of minutes in most cases, and replacement cartridges are easy to find online.

In a few types of water filters, the media can be cleaned. This involves removing the media container, cleaning the media per the manufacturer's instructions, and replacing the media back into the filtering system itself. It is imperative that consumers follow the instructions to the letter when cleaning filter media in this manner.

There are many newer models of water filters that now come with small alarm systems that alert the consumer when it is time to change or replace the media. This is a real bonus as it relieves the consumer of having to keep track of when media is changed and when the next change is due. It is always a good idea to have a few replacement media cartridges on hand so as to be ready when the alarm goes off.

It should be noted that ignoring your filter media can lead to water that is contaminated either by the dirty media itself or by contaminants that are present in the delivered water that are not removed as they should be by the media. For this reason, it is best to be sure rather than risk ingesting contaminated water. Keep your water filter media clean and fresh and it will continue to protect you and your family from harmful chemicals and bacteria.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, July 18, 2011

It is not difficult to find literature on fluoride in water. What can be difficult, however, is finding material that explains why fluoride in water is even an issue. Here is some unbiased information on fluoride, why it is put into drinking water, and why some people are concerned about it.

To begin, in many parts of the country, fluoride in water happens naturally. The water source itself has trace amounts of the chemical in it as it enters the water treatment plant. The amount of naturally occurring fluoride will vary depending on the region, with some areas having virtually none and other areas having a significant amount.

The addition of fluoride in water is performed at the treatment plant and is carefully monitored by the plant technicians. It is added to help prevent tooth decay. A 1994 World Health Organization expert committee suggested a level of fluoride from 0.5 to 1.0 mg/L (milligrams per litre), depending on the region's climate.

Consumers may be interested in knowing that dental caries still remain a major public health issue in most industrialized countries. It has been estimated to affect 60–90% of schoolchildren and the vast majority of adults. Fluoride in water can help prevent dental caries, with some studies estimating an 18–40% reduction in dental cavities when water fluoridation is performed and ingested by children who already have access to quality toothpaste and other commercial sources of fluoride.

The concern that some consumers have about fluoride in water is that an over-dosage of the chemical can cause dental fluorosis. This condition can cause teeth to appear discolored. The issue with many consumers is that they use toothpaste or other commercial sources of fluoride and therefore are concerned that the total amount of fluoride may be exceeded if the chemical is also added to their drinking water.

The addition of fluoride in water does not affect the appearance, taste, or smell of drinking water, and it usually performed by adding one of three compounds: sodium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid, or sodium fluorosilicate.

Even though fluoride in water can be useful in preventing dental caries, many consumers prefer to remove it from their drinking water. This can be accomplished by using a good-quality fluoride filter that is designed for removing fluoride. These water filters can be found in a variety of styles from small point of use filters to whole-house water filters. When shopping for a water filter to remove fluoride, make sure it is effective at doing this task as not all water filters are.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 15, 2011
If you are shopping for an effective water filter, consider a charcoal water filter. These types of home water filters are very popular and for good reason. They work!

One of the best ways to decide if a charcoal water filter is right for you is to first understand how they work. If you were to look at a piece of charcoal under a microscope, you would see that it is not exactly solid. The substance is full of tiny pockets of air. This makes charcoal a porous material.

As water flows through a charcoal water filter, those tiny pockets of air will trap various types of contaminants as well as sediment and other debris that is often found in water. To enhance charcoal's natural ability to trap material, charcoal water filter manufacturers often use what is known as activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal is more porous and this allows it to capture even more debris than traditional charcoal. For this reason, activated charcoal water filters are what you normally find at retail outlets. This is also the type of replacement media you will want to use during your maintenance of the unit.

While charcoal water filters are excellent at removing contaminants from incoming water, they are also a good option for those who do not want to remove all of the natural occurring minerals in water. These minerals are important for human health, and removing them can decrease the daily amount that we all need for good health. If all mineral content is removed from drinking water, other sources of those minerals will have to be found.

When it comes to selecting a charcoal water filter, consumers have a wide array to choose from. For many homes, a simple stand alone unit is the perfect option. For other homes and offices, under-the-counter units are a better choice as they can deliver more treated water in less time. All charcoal water filters require periodic maintenance. This is often very easy to accomplish and usually involves changing out the filter media at regular intervals. Replacement filter media for charcoal water filters is usually very affordable, which is good news for those on a budget.

If you would like to learn more about charcoal water filters, contact a reliable water filter vendor who can address your questions and offer advice on the perfect unit to meet your needs.

by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
What are water filters? That is a good question with a couple of different answers. If you get your water from a municipal water source (water company), that water has gone through a filtering process before it leaves the treatment plant. The specific type of water filter your treatment plant uses will vary, but they all remove contaminants from the source water. On a much smaller scale, home water filters also work to remove contaminants from water.

What are water filters? Let's focus on the smaller, in-home water filters. For those wishing to learn more about how water is treated at the water treatment plant, see our articles on that subject.

In-home water filters use a variety of media to filter out contaminants. The type of media that is used will determine what type of contaminant is removed as well as the size of the contaminants it will filter out. For instance, a ceramic water filter will remove particles as small as bacteria and cysts. Others types of media that you commonly find in consumer water filters are charcoal and carbon.

Water filters can be installed in a variety of ways, too. Consumers can find high-quality water filters that are easily attached to the tap itself. These filters work as the water flows out the tap. For other consumers, an undersink water filter is a better option. These filters are attached to the incoming water line under the sink and will filter water faster and a higher volume. These types of water filters are often classified as point-of-use filters.

Also, whole-house water filter systems are available that filter water as the water enters the house and allows clean water to flow to all of the taps inside the house.

Point-of-use filters often use media such as granular-activated carbon filters (GAC), ceramic cartridge filters, carbon block resin and ultra-filtration disks or membranes. Whole-house systems can incorporate reverse osmosis processes as well as other types of filtering processes, depending on the type of unit selected. Whole-house units are also very popular for those consumers who are looking for ways to treat hard water.

Lastly, there are water filters that can be used outside the home. These are popular with campers and those who spend time away from safe, potable water sources. These types of water filters are lightweight and easy to carry.

What are water filters? It all depends on what your needs are. As you can see, consumers today have more options than ever before when it comes to protecting their drinking water.

by: Chris Tracey

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Monday, July 11, 2011
For many consumers, hydrogen sulfide water filters are absolutely essential for clean, fresh water. On the whole, hydrogen sulfide in drinking water is not toxic, but it does put off that "rotten egg" odor that most people do not like. The addition of a hydrogen sulfide water filter can eradicate this problem.

Hydrogen sulfide water filters are very effective at removing this nuisance compound. This is good because it only takes about 1 ppm (part per million) of the compound in water to produce the unpleasant smell associated with it. But this compound does more than just smell bad. It can also harm various types of metals often found in the home. Some of the metals it can harm include: iron, steel, copper, brass and silver.

In addition, it can also cause unsightly stains on kitchen and bathroom fixtures and will certainly affect the taste and appearance of food.

The compound is formed by sulfur bacteria, and because of its odor most people know they have the problem without having to test the water. However, it is always a good idea to have the water tested by a lab to ensure there is no bacterial contamination which might be a sign that the odor is coming from sewage pollution.

One of the best ways to eliminate hydrogen sulfide from your drinking water is to add a bit of chlorine to the water. The chlorine will cause the sulfide to form into a particle which can then be removed via a water filter. Most homes that get their water from a water company will already have chlorine in it, so you may be able to skip this part as long as your incoming water has a residual level of chlorine high enough to cause the reaction.

In terms of hydrogen sulfide water filters, most consumers prefer a whole house method as this takes care of the problem for all of the faucets. A hydrogen sulfide water filter system that uses aeration can also remove the sulfide from the water.

If you have only a small amount of hydrogen sulfide in your water, you may be able to remove it with an activated carbon water filter. These units only remove small amounts so be aware of that before you buy one. The filter will have to be replaced periodically, depending on the amount of hydrogen sulfide is in the water.

Note: If the odor only comes when the hot water is turned on, the cause could be the magnesium rod that hot water heater manufacturers place inside hot water heaters in order to prevent corrosion. The rod reacts with any sulfur that is dissolved in the water to form hydrogen sulfide. Replace the rod with an aluminum rod to fix the problem.

For all others, the use hydrogen sulfide water filters will take care of your problem and allow you and your family to enjoy your water again.

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 8, 2011
Many consumers are not aware of the dangers posed by pharmaceuticals in the water in their region. It may seem ironic that people spend billions of dollars a year on various drugs only to flush them down the drain. When they do this, those drugs end up in the water supply. This is why pharmaceuticals in the water has become a national issue.

The types of pharmaceuticals in the water that are currently being found include over the counter medications as well as prescription drugs and certain medications that are commonly used on livestock. The issue is not that pills are flowing out of taps, but rather that these drugs are dissolving in the water and are very difficult, if not impossible, to remove once they go into solution. A sampling program that was started back in the 1990's discovered 30 different types of drugs and related chemicals in various surface water samples. The problem has gotten worse since then.

In a recent study published by the U.S. Geological Survey, they discovered a wide range of chemicals located downstream from many urban areas. They tested for 95 chemicals and found one or more in 80 percent of the waterways they sampled. In some areas they found 10 or more of the chemicals.

While the levels found are low, there is concern that long-term exposure to even low levels of certain chemicals can cause health problems. For example, one recent study found that nearly 80% of American children have residual content in their bodies of at least one pesticide. Also, researchers are finding increased amounts of antibiotics in waterways which pose yet another danger to human health.

While much of the pharmaceuticals in the water are caused by consumers improperly disposing of their meds, there are other causes as well. These include disposal by hospitals, pharmaceutical industries, medical facilities, and farming and agricultural businesses. Many of these drugs do not biodegrade once they enter the water supply and may persist in groundwater (for instance) for years.

Consumers should understand that drinking water treatment plants can remove several of these chemicals, but take this with a grain of salt because the best technology for removing these chemicals is not used in the US. The most effective treatment methods for removing pharmaceuticals in the water at the water treatment plant level include oxidation, membrane filtration, and nano-filtration. It has been reported that the least effective method is chlorination, which is the most common disinfection technique used by US water plants.

For those concerned about pharmaceuticals in the water, water filtration systems that are based on reverse osmosis can remove virtually all pharmaceutical contaminants. To date, this is the only reliable preventive water filtering option for this particular problem.

by: Chris Tracey

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
What is hard water and is it safe to drink? This question is asked thousands of times every day by homeowners across the world. The answer, however, depends on several factors, depending on where you live. There are some commonalities, though, when it comes to answering the question: what is hard water. Let’s look at those.

The term hard water refers to water that has various dissolved minerals in it. These minerals can vary, depending on where you live. This means that hard water found on the east coast may be different than hard water found on the west coast. In both cases, though, the water contains dissolved minerals. Generally, magnesium and calcium are the two most prevalent types of minerals found in most hard water.

To further answer the question: what is hard water and is it safe to drink? The answer to the latter part is usually yes, it is safe to drink. Hard water, because of its mineral content, often has a taste to it that many people do not enjoy. But, if it is free of bacterial contamination, it is safe to drink.

Hard water can, however, become troublesome in other ways. For instance, hard water can play havoc on plumbing, especially on pipes. The mineral content within the water can become attached to the inner lining of the pipes and cause them to decrease in width, reducing water flow and pressure over time. It can cause unsightly stains on faucets and sinks. Hard water often causes soap and laundry detergent to perform poorly.

How does water become "hard"?

Water is actually a solvent, chemically speaking. As it seeps through the soil or through rocks, it picks up the minerals it comes into contact with. Water will then hold those dissolved solids in solution until the minerals are removed by some means.

As we said above, calcium and magnesium are two of the most common minerals found in most types of hard water. The level of hardness in the water depends on how much of these minerals are in the water as well as the level of any other minerals that may be in the water too.

We have answered the question: what is hard water? Now, let's look at some ways to treat it.

Just a few decades ago, treating hard water was an expensive process, often involving large minerals removal devices. That has all changed. Today, homeowners, and even renters, can purchase water filters that will "soften" the water by removing various types of minerals, including calcium and magnesium. The cost of these water filers varies, depending on the type of water filter you choose. Whole-house water filters can treat the entire household water as it comes into the house. Point-of-use water filters can treat the water at the tap or shower head.

To learn more on how you can defeat the problems associated with hard water, read our articles "How to Test for Hard Water" and "How to Treat Hard Water".

by: Chris Tracey

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Friday, July 1, 2011
Many people have been wondering what chromium 6 is and how it affects their water supply. They have also been wondering if there is a chromium 6 water filter available to remove this dangerous chemical from their incoming water. Here are some facts about chromium 6 water filters and the chemical itself.

What are the Sources of Chromium-6 in drinking water?

In simple terms, chromium is a metallic element. It is both odorless and tasteless. The element itself occurs naturally in rocks, plants, humans, soil, volcanic dust, and animals. The most common types of this element are trivalent (chromium-3), hexavalent (chromium-6) and the metal form, chromium-0.

While chromium-3 occurs naturally and can be found in vegetables, grains, fruits, and meats, chromium-6 is produced by industrial processes.

Some of the major sources of chromium-6 found within drinking water come from discharges from paper pulp and steel mills. In many cases, the chemical is released via poor storage or leakage from storage tanks. It is also a result of improper disposal practices. Chromium 6 can be found in both surface water sources such as rivers and lakes as well as in underground aquifers, where the chemical has leeched into.

The EPA regulates chromium 6 as part of the total chromium drinking water standard which began in 1992. The current Chromium in Drinking Water Standard is set at 100 parts per billion. The reason the EPA regulates this element is because it is a cancer-causing element. The US Congress is currently considering tighten the regulations even more to better protect consumers from negative health effects.

Chromium 6 water filter solutions:

Studies have shown that reverse osmosis can effectively reduce chromium in water by 90 to 97%. In addition, to reverse osmosis, water distillation systems can also reduce chromium 6 in drinking water.

Consumers should understand that chromium 6 has been found in 31 of 35 U.S. cities. The highest levels were detected in Norman, OK; Honolulu, HI; and Riverside, CA.

For anyone who is concerned about removing this element from their drinking water through the use of chromium 6 water filter, the best advice is to consult with a reliable water filter vendor first. They can help you assess your needs and offer the best solutions to fit your budget. The FDA recommends installing a home water filtration system that has been certified by the NSF to remove chromium 6. And, again, this is most often accomplished through the use of reverse osmosis system or through the use of water distillation system.

by: Chris Tracey

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