Tap tap tap… the serene sound of raindrops hitting your rooftop in the calm of the morning. At the sight of these drops, your mind travels back in time to the article you read on the pros of starting your day with a glass of water. But, you also remember the harsh feel your water leaves in your mouth- so, you give the idea of a trip to the fridge a second thought. Or, was it just your tongue playing tricks on you?
The truth is unless you have a yardstick for measuring and monitoring the quality of your water, you wouldn’t have an answer. So, what are the recommended filter system for keeping your water quality in check?
Heard of whole house water filters?
The popularity of whole house water filters is generally on the rise due to the trust in its ability to produce quality water that people have developed. While there are chances you may have seen it in advertisements or glanced past it in an article, you may not have a deepened understanding of what they really do.
Let me help you with that: as the name implies, this filtration system deals with every part of the house. A whole water filtration system could have different meanings; depending on the source of water.
However, general knowledge about these filter systems has it that these filters are connected to the source of water; cleaning the water before delivery into the house. Before delivery, a whole water filtration system would take out debris, soften and disinfect the water before the water enters your home. So, the water entering the dishwasher, washing machine, coffee brewers, kitchen tap- are all clean and ready for you. Pretty cool!
Fortunately, I will be introducing you to some of the whole house water system methods using the faucet water filters as the case study. Excited?
Check them out:
Faucet water filters
Before water reaches your faucet in your bathtub or your kitchen sink, it passes through a whole lot of processes if you are using a whole house water filter system. If you are still in doubt about your water quality, try faucet water filters. But, how do they work?
Filter screens/ sediment filtration
When you put on the faucet, the water- first of all- passes through a filter screen. Such screens are made out of woven or non-woven mesh. The aim accomplished when water is passed through the filter screen is the removal of large contaminant particles. These particles include sand, organic matter and debris. These materials are often found in well and natural sources; causing turbidity and uncleanliness of the water.
Again, the make-up of the sediment filter used is highly dependent on whether your faucet is heavy-duty or rarely used. Basic sediment filters make use of paper, polypropylene, string, and, perhaps, some cellulose- as a means of removing these large contaminants. However, for heavy-duty resident or commercial sediment filters, be sure to see a larger backwashing mineral tank attached to the filter.
For a faucet-based water system, the concentration of contaminants coming from the city-source would be more of chemicals such as chlorine compared to a natural-source with larger sand or debris particles. In an attempt to disinfect the water, government water sources are usually infested with high concentration of chlorine – and sometimes - fluorine.
So, in a bid to remove this chemicals, most people resort to the use of carbon- activated carbon to be precise. Carbon is usually activated either through a chemical process or a physical process. However, the chemically activated carbon are in use at a higher rate presently.
See what it does: activated carbon is made using a lot of carbon-based materials which has been passed through a series of high-temperature processes. This process successfully creates millions of extremely small, microscopic pores and crevices in the activated carbon. So, as the surface of the carbon attracts and absorbs small organic matter and chemicals, the activated pores help trap the microscopic particles and larger organic matter.
Through the process of adsorption, unwanted chemicals in the water get diffused into the carbon matrix and are locked up in the internal pores. So, contaminants such as chemicals, chlorine, gases and odour are completely expelled from your house water.
This is another term you might have come across. Well, it isn’t all that complicated. It is another whole house water purification method employed in the home. This term is used to describe the processes of purification, separation and decontamination of ions in water through the use of ion exchange beads. The resins reads are treated with a whole lot of chemicals which would later facilitate the exchange of positively and negatively charged ions between minerals or metals and water in your home.
For instance, take a look at the water softener. The water softener aims in expelling hard water from your home. How does it do so? Simple! All it does is exchange the ‘hardness’ ions in the form of calcium and magnesium for sodium and potassium in your water. So, the benefits of using soft water such as cleaner clothes, scale removal protection and softer skin is visible in your home.
This is the most natural form of cleaning your water. In this process, water is exposed to short-wavelength (high energy) ultraviolet light; which goes in to alter the microbial DNA of the microbes in your water –thereby, disrupting their activity.
For this to occur, the water is passed through a 360-degree cylindrical stainless steel chamber that contains a UV lamp. Microbes in the water are exposed to lethal doses of ultraviolet light from all sides; leaving the water free of chemicals and odours. A whole house UV filter will effectively remove harmful pathogens from your tap and well water to deliver microbial-safe water to every faucet in your home.
The amount of benefits associated with the use of clean water in your home is abundant. So, get clean water!