Why Filter Your Water?
Municipal water is treated primarily with chlorine or chloramines. Water treatment is used because it kills harmful bacteria and viruses living in your water that can cause serious illness or that can even cause fatalities.
The problem with type of water treatment is that disinfectant by-products are created in this process that are also unhealthy when they are ingested. Trihalomethanes THMs and Haloacetic Acids ( HAAs ) which are reported on in every Consumer Confidence Report (aka water quality report) and are known to cause serious health risks including being potentially cancer causing. Trihalomethanes (THMs) can cause problems with your kidney, liver, central nervous system and are known to increase cancer risk. Haloacetic Acids (HAAs), are known to increase cancer risks.
The President’s Cancer Panel released a report in May 2010 that for the first time, produced a government based source noting that the impurities in our water supply may play a role in contracting cancer. To read the report, click here.
By using carbon filtration you can remove or reduce many of these harmful impurities and have cleaner and safer for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing.
Water Filter Facts
THMs are known carcinogens. Read your water quality report to see how high they are in your area.
The American Chemical Society estimates that “we could receive from 6 to 100 times more chlorine by breathing the air around showers and baths than we could by drinking water.”
The U.S. Council of Environmental Quality reports that cancer risks for people who drink chlorinated water are 93% higher than people who don’t.
In May 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel recommended filtered tap water to reduce risk of cancer.
There are two principal mechanisms by which activated carbon remove contaminants from water: absorption, and catalytic reduction, a process involving the attraction of negatively-charged contaminant ions to the positively-charged activated carbon. Organic compounds are removed by absorption and residual disinfectants such as chlorine and chloramines are removed by catalytic reduction.
The Pro Series line of equipment works to effectively reduce dirt, rust, VOC’s, chlorine, bad tastes and odors from your water.
Whole House Carbon Filters
Whole house carbon filters remove or reduce sediment, odor and rust. This helps to protect your pipes, drains and more importantly, your family’s overall health. The system provides bottled quality water from every tap in your home. Depending on your water usage, the average family of four with a 1.5 cube unit can expect to get 10 years of use before you will need to replace the carbon.
The Pro Series Whole House Filter offers you an efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly way to have great water throughout your home.
What is Activated Carbon?
Carbon is a substance which has a long been used to absorb impurities and is perhaps the most powerful absorbent known to man. One pound of activated carbon contains the surface area of 125 acres and can absorb literally thousands of different chemicals. Activated carbon is carbon which has a slight electro-positive charge added to it, making it even more able to attract chemicals and impurities. As water passes over the positively charged carbon surface, the negative ions of the contaminants are drawn to the surface of the carbon granules.
Activated carbon filters typically contain either granular activated carbon or powdered block carbon. Although both are effective, carbon block filters generally have a higher contaminant removal ratio. The two most important factors affecting the efficiency of activated carbon filtration are the amount of carbon in the unit and the amount of time the contaminant spends in contact with it. The more carbon, the better quality you will have in your home.
What does a carbon filter remove from my water?
Activated carbon filters generally reduce many VOC’s, pesticides and herbicides, as well as chlorine, benzene, trihalomethane compounds, radium, solvents and hundreds of other man-made chemicals found in tap water.