5 Tips for Choosing a Water Filter

Having clean tap water on demand in your home is a luxury, one that’s easy to take for granted. That is, until you get a funny taste left in your mouth or find clouds in your drinking water. Yuck. There are many great reasons why many Australians are having water filtration systems installed in their homes, so if you’re deciding whether or not to pick one up here are five tips to help you get started on the right foot:

  • Point of Entry (POE) vs Point of Use (POU)

The first thing to consider is whether or not you’d like to have filtered water throughout the entire home or from a specific faucet or spout. Individual filter attachments can be used for sink faucets, but they won’t filter water throughout the rest of the home such as on other sink faucets. These devices are attached at points of use (POU).

A better alternative is to install a point of entry (POE) water filtration system, which instead affects the quality of water from the very source (municipal connection) so that all water within the home has been filtered. These systems can be effective in more rural areas of Australia where hard water may be common, or if tap water has a funny taste to it.

  • Check Your Home Water Supply

If your water comes from a municipal supply, you may be able to enquire with your utility provider or local Council about the water quality in your neighbourhood. Trace quantities of metals, organic contaminants, and sediments should not be greater than a tiny permissible quantity in parts per million, but proper reporting will show you in black and white the type of filter that you may need to completely clean all water coming into your home.

  • Determine Your Flow Rates

Every municipal council uses engineering calculations for PVC pipe sizing according to flow rates, but you’ll want to consider flow rates if you plan on purchasing a water filter since disequilibrium can cause bursting or choking.

Water filtration systems that output sufficient flow to match household demand will not choke, while filters that can provide constant flow with low-pressure use such as a garden hose will not burst. Getting the right filter shouldn’t be a matter of trial and error, so consult a local plumber if you’d like to better gauge your desired filter system to your household water flow.

  • It Pays to Shop Around

Water filtration is a big business nowadays, which is great for consumers since there’s just so much competition resulting in better prices and superior quality for filtering mother nature’s special ambrosia: water. Don’t settle on the first water filter you see but instead take your time to read consumer reports and read reviews about the model, brand, and manufacturer to ensure you’re getting quality for reasonable prices.

  • How Will It Be Installed?

POU systems are easy peasy to install. Normally, you only need to adjust and tighten the filter directly to the faucet and that’s it – plug and play. POE systems, on the other hand, may require more complex installation techniques since they directly affect the flow from the municipal connection. Do it wrong and you may burst the pipe feeding water to your entire home. Home water filter system installation is best left to a reputable plumber.

Endeavour Plumbing

The friendly guys and gals at Endeavour Plumbing have a wealth of experience installing hot water systems, fixing burst pipes, and pretty much anything else a quality plumber can do. Why not get in touch with us if you’d like to have a clean water filter system installed?

Look no further for a dependable Plumber in Canterbury, Plumber in Carnegie, and Plumber in Caulfield. Our skilled team is prepared to handle all of your plumbing requirements efficiently and effectively. You can rely on us for any plumbing emergencies or installations in these areas.

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