How Does Water Filtration Work?

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There are a variety of ways to filter and improve the quality of water. In this article, we investigate the water filtration process, the types of water filtration that exist, the key benefits of water filtration, and our suggestions for achieving great water.

Water Filtration Process

Water is a solvent in which other substances can easily dissolve in, making it the ideal substance to lather clothes and to clean dishes in. However, before water makes its way into your home, it must travel through the earth and be processed through a treatment facility.

During this time, water can pick up sediment, chemicals, and contaminants that can cause it to appear cloudy and smell and taste poorly. It, therefore, becomes the job of a filter to strain water with a membrane or other filtration material to remove large particles and any impurities. As a result, you are left with cleaner and clearer water.

Is Basic Water Treatment Not Enough?

While most household water is processed through the city’s treatment plant, this water is not as pure as it could be. To ensure your water is its healthiest, you may want to consider installing a full home water filter or a drinking water filtration system.

However, while a full home water filter will ensure all of your water – from your tap to your sprinkler – is clean, for some homeowners, this may be overkill. That’s why most people opt to instead install a system at choice branches of their plumbing fixtures – where water is likely to be consumed.

How Will I Know If My Water Need Additional Filtration?

Here are some tell-tale signs to look out for:

    • Water is smelly
    • Water isn’t clear
    • Water tastes poorly
    • Water isn’t flowing properly

To address your water filtration concerns, it is always best to call a trusted plumber who can provide you will all of the knowledge you’ll need to make the best choice for your home and family. Your trusted plumber can also provide a safety test, which will examine the contaminants in your water.

Types of Water Filtration

There are two types of filtration that employ different techniques to remove impurities from water. These include chemical and physical filtration. In chemical filtration, water passes through an active material that removes contaminants as it passes through the chemical. In physical filtration, water is strained through a material to remove sediment and larger contaminants.

Key Benefits of Water Filtration:

    • – Improved taste and odour
    • Water hardness eliminated
    • Sediment removed
    • Chlorine reduced

Popular Types of Water Filters

Reverse Osmosis Filters

Reverse osmosis purifies water by removing up to 99% of salt ions, detergents, lead, fluoride, molecules, bacteria, and other contaminants from water. This is accomplished through household water pressure that pushes tap water through a semipermeable membrane.

Our Suggestion: Aqua Flo QCRO Platinum

The Aqua Flo QCRO Platinum was designed with five Micron Sediment Pre-Filters that remove silt, sediment, sand, and other particles. The Carbon Pre-Filter traps minerals and contaminants such as arsenic, lead, chromium, mercury, copper, chlorine, chloramines, and pesticides. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane allows only clean water to pass through, flushing impurities to the drain and sending pure water to a storage tank.

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Ion Exchange Filters

Ion exchange occurs when water passes through a tank filled with sodium beads that attract and trap magnesium and calcium in water – transforming water from hard to soft. For more information, please see our blog on water softeners. [Link to water softening blog]

Our Suggestion: 485 HTO Water Refiner

The 485 HTO Water Refiner removes hardness, including chlorine, chloramines, and chlorine by-products from the water. With its unique two-tank system, the 485 HTO Water Refiner keeps the two media beds separate and allows for more carbon contact improving chlorine, chloramines, and organic removal. This process allows you to enjoy luxurious, great tasting, odour-free water.

UV Purification Filters

UV water purification destroys 99.99% of microorganisms that can live in your water. Reliable, chemical free, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly, UV purification can also help to remove sediment, odours, and a bad taste in water.

How Harris Plumbing Can Help

To learn more about the filtration systems available at Harris Plumbing, please visit our Water Filtration page. To contact us about the 485 HTO Water Refiner, the Aqua Flo QCRO Platinum, or our UV Purification Filters, call us today at 1-866-786-1801.


Date posted: December 12, 2017

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