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4 Steps How to Choose a Water Filter

If you want terrific tasting, clear, clean water at an all-time low cost, then you’ll want to purify water at home. Of course, several water purification methods exist. You will need to consider the feature of each system to determine what filtration system will work best for you and your needs. Some of the choices include whole-house models, under the sink filtration systems or you can opt for a pitcher system as well. Naturally, you will wonder how the system works or if it is really working at all, especially if this is the first time you are investing in a home water filtration system. You will also likely wonder about the power of the filtration system you buy; In other words, just what is the filter filtering out and what remains in the water you are consuming?

It becomes necessary for you to learn a bit about water contaminants and how filtration systems operate. In doing so, you will quickly learn the advantages and disadvantages of each system. Consider systems that are certified to, so there is proof of manufacturer claims on how effective the products are when filtering your water. Consider the next few steps listed below to choose the ideal water filtration system for your home.

Step 1

It’s time to take a real close look at your water and what’s in it

To filter your water properly, you must know what you are trying to filter from the water in your home. If you have a well, you might test your water with an at-home test kit. You can easily get this test get from a home improvement store in your area. If you rather hire a professional, you can contact a local water utility to find out about laboratories that conduct water testing in your region. If you have public water, you can request a copy of the city’s yearly water quality report to find out what filtration system will work the best instead. At minimum, you need to determine if there is lead in the water and if so, how much because lead is quite dangerous and a hazard to human health.

Step 2

Time to identify the filtration system that can give you the purest water based on how the filtration system operates and the type of things you need filtered out of your water

Once you know what kind of filtration action you require, you really need to match up a good filtration system with your water filtering needs. You will find there are several models of under sink filtration systems as well as water pitcher selection featuring filters possessing activated carbon. This filter type is great for filtering out Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), giardia and other parasites, pesticides, chlorine, and most heavy metals including lead, mercury, and copper. Alternative contaminants that need to be filtered out of the water include arsenic, which is removed via distillation, and perchlorates, which are removed through reverse osmosis.

Step 3

Get some unbiased, knowledgeable information about filtration systems

Look at the NSF International Charts to find out what kind of system will work best for you. The organization above is accredited and independent so it has unbiased reviews of filtration systems and their functionality. The organization has charts that will clearly indicate to you what filter can remove specific water contaminants.

Step 4

Give due consideration of where you plan to install the filter, if at all, or if you will rely on highly portable water filtering equipment

You can opt for a point of entry water filter system that filters all the water in the home before it enters the house. Or, you can make of a point of use filtering system which, of course, filters water immediately as you access it and at the point in which it is accessed. The point of use systems that are available are those that can be placed under the skin, attached to the faucet or those systems with a filter inside a pitcher or bottle. Keep in mind you may need more than one filtration system.

A point of entry system might weed out a lot of mineral deposits, but you might need a point of access filter to get rid of parasites and the like. Finally, if you water has an abundant amount of chlorine in it and this bothers your sensitive skin, a shower filter might also be another water filtration option to consider.

If these are too many options for you to remember or if you would prefer to let a professional look at your current system and decide for you, call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing. These professionals are able to help you with your Ottawa water filter needs.

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777  for a free upfront estimate!

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