Whole house water filter


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Old 08-30-07, 03:43 PM
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Whole house water filter

In the next little while we are going to be replacing all of our fresh water lines in our house. I had posted regarding this in the plumbing area and got a suggestion to install a whole house water filter in the process. Are there any specific brands that are recommended or types? We would probably want something at least a bit more elaborate then a sediment filter.

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Old 08-30-07, 03:51 PM
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Whole house water filters

There are many choices:-

Chlorine/Taste & Odor
Softeners, Conditioners
Hybrid filtration systems

What kind of water quality would you like to have, and have you ever had your water tested ?

Is there anything about your water that you'd like to change ?
 
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What do you mean by "fresh water"lines? Are there some other types present. Just curious.

ANY kind of water treatment selections should be based on knowledge, experience, practicality and cost, not to mention effectiveness, reliability and easy of maintenance.

One should be cautious of applying equipment for more than what is needed as much as shortcutting yourself.

Understanding your water parameters (test results) is paramount to choosing treatment. What issues your you facing as far as your water is concerned? Chlorine, calcium, iron, odor, high TDS, sodium, nitrate/nitrite, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, and on a and on.

Get some test results and water usage information to us and we can be more helpful.

Andy Christensen, CWS
 
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Old 08-30-07, 09:33 PM
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By fresh water lines I mean all the lines that carry drinkable water, not the sewer lines. We are replacing them as the current plastic ones have a habit of popping at glued joints, and causing small floods in our basement.

Basicaly, we'd be looking to remove sediment, heavy metals, chlorine, etc. I'm sorry I can't be more specific - we haven't had a test yet and I'm only asking as it was recommened and seemed like a good idea to install a filter while all the other plumbing is down. Thanks.
 
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What to treat/filter

A good place to start would be to determine if you're on municipal water or well/private water.

If you're on municipal water, your local water authority should be able to provide you with the latest mandatory test results to see if you're in compliance with CEPA which is pretty similar to the USEPA Safe Drinking Water standards.

On a private supply have a basic screening done to determine what general contaminants are in the water.

Are there any symptoms that you've noticed - tastes, odors, staining etc... ?
 
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Greg has a good point on asking the city for test results that are (or should be) public knowledge. I think he would agree, though, that those are primarily of health related issues and not always what a resident would prefer. I mean who wants a bourbon and chlorine?

I have seen municipal water supplies fulfill all the requiremnts and yet reek of chlorine and contain soild iron that stain virtually anything it touches. It is not their concern if homeowners reaction to water is like someone scratching a chalk board.

Be thorough and informed.
Andy Christensen, CWS
 
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Bourbon & Chlorine...

Definitely.


Your local Certified Water Specialist can help provide you with the testing that you will need.

www.wqa.org - Click on Find a Water Professional
 
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Yes we are on municipal water. I will attempt to get the city results. With our water, the biggest problem is the chlorine taste/smell, clarity, and I believe there might be some lead city pipes.
 
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whole house filter

The big box stores have lots of these. You will want one at least 3/4" or 1" pipe size for your whole house. Read the labels on the replacement filter cartridge. If it says it removes odors it usually contains charcoal in the element. This is what you want. GE makes a nice one with a sturdy wall bracket. You need to mount it very securely as you put a lot of torque on the housing when you try to unscrew it to change the element. You don't want to break the fittings in the process.
 
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Hey again all, it's been awhile but I got test results...

http://www.winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste...ts/default.stm

From what you guys see here, and what I mentioned bother us with our water, do you have a filter/mfr recommendation? Thanks!!!
 
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Additional testing

Try to have your local cwp test the water at your home to see what unique situation you are facing.

Looking at the city data, I'd steer you towards primarily addressing tastes, odors and bacteria.

A good start could be a self backwashing carbon filter followed by an NSF approved self cleaning ultrafilter to provide protection from potential bacterial contamination.
The city hardness level is relatively low, but a good quality softener wouldn't hurt either.


Do get testing done at your home, since a lot of things can happen between the city plant and your home that could change the water chemistry.
 
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Old 09-30-07, 07:20 PM
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Well since it was a bit hard to secure a date for the plumbing, it has already been done with nice new copper with which we are pleased. Since the rush is over, we are going to look at our filter options instead of rushing.

First question is to test our water chemistry and particles in it (lead, copper, etc.) is there a home test or do we need a lab to come?
 
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DIY Testing

Search the forum for part numbers for test kits that you can order direct from Hach.com

Hardness, Iron, chlorine and pH are good places to start
 
 

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