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What is a whole house water filter?

You may have heard of a new thing called a whole house water filter. You may also have heard that it’s better than having individual water filters, and which you might have already.

But what is a whole house water filter? When was it ‘invented’, and why aren’t they more common? How do they work, and how can you have them installed? Well, let’s find out!

What is a whole house water filter?

A whole house water filter, you’ll be pleased to know, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a water filter that directly filters water before it reaches the pipes that supply water around your home. If you already have your air purified, or put through an AC, the idea is pretty similar!

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It’s connected directly to the water supply, and all of the water you use passes through it. If you have one, all of the water you will use is pure. That includes drinking water, the water you use to wash your clothes, the water you use to shower or bathe, even to brush your teeth.

It’s basically a larger version of a smaller filter, which you can install either on your tap or on the spout of a jug. It’s also a smaller version of what water treatment plants use to filter dirty water from residential and industrial areas, before it’s passed back into the water supply. Whole house water filters come in all shapes and sizes. That’s a reflection of cost, space available, and the kind of filter you’re buying. Some whole house water filters work differently to others, too, as we’ll find out soon enough.

How does a whole house water filter work?

A whole house water filter works in the same way as any other water filter. There are two main kinds of filter that you can buy: physical filters, which are basically sieves, and chemical filters which remove impurities through absorption by a chemical or series of chemicals. There is no one kind of chemical used to completely purify water. So, to make up for that, a number are used together.

One example is activated carbon, which is used to absorb chlorine and chlorine derivatives. Chlorine is, of course, quite common in water; it’s also difficult to get out of water, if you don’t like the stuff. But it can be removed using activated carbon, which can be made from coconut shells. Other natural methods of filtering water use sand, charcoal (i.e. activated carbon) and gravel- in that order- to purify water. In fact, that’s the basis of the very oldest water filters, and the general idea hasn’t changed much until today.

Where is the whole house water filter installed?

A whole house water filter is installed where the rising main comes into your property, or in other words, where the mains water actually reaches your domestic plumbing system. This is why you may have heard the term ‘point of entry system’- the filter is attached literally at the point where water enters your property. That’s how it filters the water you use for everything around the home. The point of entry may be either inside or outside your property. It may also be difficult to actually fit a whole house water filter at the point of entry, depending on the amount of space you have available. Make sure you can actually fit one before you’d like to get one installed!

What are the benefits of a whole house water filter system?

Water filters have one central benefit: they remove potentially harmful impurities from the water. These impurities require a range of measures to remove them- take for example distillation. Distillation removes impurities by boiling water, and then collecting the condensation that forms on a surface used to collect it. The idea is that some impurities are heavier than water, so they get left behind when the water condenses. But others aren’t light enough to get left behind.Chlorine, found in bleach and used to clean swimming pools, can be difficult to remove from water. That’s when another method, like filtering water through charcoal/activated carbon, becomes necessary. The good news is that whole house water systems remove impurities through a variety of methods, so nothing (or very little) is left behind.

Whole house water filters also have the added bonus that they filter all of the water you use. If, for instance, you have a water filter jug, you might find yourself running out of purified water fairly often. You can always buy another jug, or a bigger jug; but what about if you’re boiling pasta and need something to drink? Maybe you have one installed on your tap, but then you can only get purified water in one place. Whole house water filters take care of that problem by providing the entire house with filtered water, all the time.

Are there any drawbacks to having a whole house water filter?

There are actually some drawbacks, yes. Depending on the model and the size of your filter, you may experience a drop in water pressure. This will be particularly noticeable when you’re using a lot of water- obviously- like when you’re washing clothes, and your partner is taking a shower. You may have to try and conserve water if you don’t already. Some models are designed to keep water pressure fairly high, but again, these models are generally bigger so you may not be able to get one where you live.

Another drawback is that like any water filter, they will incur a repeated cost. Generally, you should have your filter replaced every year, so it’s a part of general maintenance like having your furnace checked. If you don’t, and you’re free not to, your filter won’t work at maximum efficiency- but there’s no way of making them last longer than they already do. And if it’s not working… What’s the point of having one?

5 Signs That You Need a Plumbing Repair

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The plumbing in your home is a complex network of pipes, valves, and fixtures that must all work together in order to supply your home with clean water. Unfortunately, if just one of these components is damaged, your whole plumbing system could suffer as a result.

The signs aren’t always obvious, but here are some things that may indicate that you need a plumbing repair:

Low Water Pressure

Has the stream of water from your shower head halted to a slow trickle? A drop in water pressure could be caused by improperly-sized pipes, blockages, or leaks elsewhere in your plumbing system.

Noisy Pipes & Faucets

Any kind of abnormal sounds coming from your pipes or faucets is cause for concern. This includes rattling, screeching, popping, or clanking noises. One likely reason for this problem is that air is present in your pipes.

Slow Drainage

Your pipes and drains don’t need to be completely clogged for there to be a problem. Sometimes, a slow drain can indicate that there is a blockage somewhere within your plumbing system. If plungers and drain cleaning solutions don’t work, you should call a professional plumber.

Water Spots and Stains

Water spots are a small sign that can lead to big problems if it isn’t corrected. Leaks in your plumbing system can cause water to drip and collect in areas around your home – including inside your walls and ceilings. If these water spots are left neglected, it can cause mold to grow and spread throughout your home.

Discolored Water

Your water should be clear. If yours is brown, yellow, orange, or any other color, you should contact a professional plumbing repair service immediately. Discolored water is not only unsightly, but it could be a signal that one of your pipes is heavily rusted and in danger of blowing out.

Have you noticed any of these signs in your Colorado home? The experts at Patterson Plumbing have been fixing problems like these for more than 30 years, and would be happy to service your plumbing system. If you live in Pueblo County or the surrounding area, contact us online or call (719) 544-4922.