Looking for some valuable insights on well water filtration systems so you can make the best choice for your family? Selecting the right water filtration system for your family can be daunting, especially if you're not sure where to begin. That's why we've put together a comprehensive buyer's guide to help simplify the process for you.
Joining Gary the Water Guy today is Ana, a member of our customer service team, who'll be sharing her expertise on how to identify the right type of well water filtration system for your needs. By the end of this guide, you'll be equipped with all the information you need to make an informed decision on what to look for in a well water filtration system, where to find it, as well as what to avoid. Let's dive in!
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
When it comes to shopping for water filtration equipment, there are a few key factors that you should keep in mind to ensure that you're investing in a high-quality system that meets your needs.
Firstly, we recommend choosing equipment that is made in North America as this ensures that it adheres to strict safety standards and regulations. Additionally, opting for non-proprietary equipment can offer more flexibility and cost-effectiveness in the long run. Be wary of low-quality products from overseas, as they may not last as long or be as reliable. Make sure that the company you choose offers good customer support as well, with quick response times and helpful resources like manuals, consumables and YouTube videos to guide you through maintenance tasks. Finally, prioritize systems that are easy to install and maintain to ensure that you can enjoy clean and safe water without any hassle.
With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to selecting the ideal water filtration equipment for your family.
1) WATER SOFTENERS
Let's take a closer look at water softeners and how they can benefit your home and your family. A water softener is a system that removes minerals such as calcium and magnesium from your water supply, making it easier to keep your home clean and making your water gentle on your family's skin, hair, and laundry.
In addition to these benefits, a water softener can also extend the lifespan and improve the efficiency of all water-using appliances in your home, ultimately saving you money in the long run. Another perk of using a water softener is that it can reduce soap and shampoo usage by half - another great way to save some extra cash.
However, it's important to know that not all water softeners are created equal. There are several types available, including standard efficiency and high-efficiency systems.
Salt-free and electromagnetic systems are often marketed as alternatives, but they are generally ineffective. Non-hydro systems offer an alternative, but they come with a high price tag and provide limited control over regeneration, saving you only a small amount on hydro per year — approximately $2/year to be more precise.
Ultimately, choosing the right water softener for your home requires careful consideration and advice from experts in the field.
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WATER SOFTENER FAQ
Q: How does a Water Softener work?
A: To learn how a Water Softener actually works, check out this great video here that explains it all!
Q: Are Water Softeners high maintenance?
A: No, not at all! One of the best things about owning a water softener is how effortless it is to keep up with maintenance. Thanks to the self-cleaning feature, you won't need to break a sweat to ensure your system is running smoothly.
Q: Can I install one myself?
A: For sure! Many people install water softeners in their home by following our easy-to-follow DIY installation videos! However, if you're not comfortable doing so yourself or don't have the time to install your water softener, you can certainly have a plumber install it for you.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT WATER SOFTENER
For those with well water, choosing the right water softener is crucial to ensure that your home's water supply is clean and safe. When shopping for a water softener, there are several considerations that you should keep in mind to avoid any potential issues.
Firstly, we recommend selecting a system that is made in North America and non-proprietary, as this ensures that the system adheres to strict safety standards and can be easily serviced and maintained. Water softeners can last anywhere between 15 - 20+ years if they're a good quality water softener!
Another important factor to consider is the valve meter and size of the system - it's important to choose a system that is properly sized for your home's needs to prevent oversizing and wasting unnecessary resources.
If you're thinking of getting a water softener and have well water, it's better to go for a metered valve. This means the softener will regenerate only when a certain amount of water has been used, saving water and salt. Other types of softeners regenerate every few days regardless of whether they need it, wasting water and salt. So, it's more efficient and cost-effective to choose a metered valve approach.
It's also important to avoid purchasing from big box stores, as these systems often have limited parts and support and may need to be replaced after just a few years.
WATER SOFTENER OWNERSHIP TIPS
In addition to selecting the right water softener system, there are also some ownership tips to keep in mind to maintain the longevity and efficiency of your system.
One important tip is to use the correct type of salt in your system to prevent buildup and ensure that your system is functioning properly. Additionally, it's important to regularly monitor and adjust your system's settings based on the hardness, iron, and manganese levels in your water supply. By following these tips and considering the appropriate factors when choosing a water softener, you can enjoy clean and safe water in your home.
2) REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEMS
In addition to water softeners, reverse osmosis (RO) drinking water systems can also offer several benefits for those with well water. These systems produce super pure and safe drinking water by removing up to 90% of impurities and chemicals such as chlorine, chloramines, and fluoride.
By using a reverse osmosis system, you can also eliminate the waste and environmental impact of disposable water bottles while enjoying high-quality drinking water right from your tap at home or the cottage! With an RO system, you no longer need disposable plastic bottles, significantly reducing your carbon footprint. Not only that, but RO systems offer the best way to obtain high-quality drinking water with optimal taste right in the comfort of your home.
As we've seen in various media outlets, plastic pollution is a severe environmental issue that affects marine life and wildlife. Microplastics present in water have also emerged as a global concern. Switching to an RO system is an excellent way to help reduce plastic usage and decrease the risk of microplastics in drinking water.
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There are several types of reverse osmosis systems available, including standard efficiency, high efficiency, high flow, and remineralization systems. Each type offers unique benefits and features, so it's important to consider your specific needs and preferences when choosing a system.
Whether you're looking to improve the taste and quality of your drinking water or reduce your environmental impact, a reverse osmosis drinking water system can be a great investment for your family.
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REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM FAQS
Q: How does an RO system work?
Gary has shared an incredibly informative video below that demonstrates exactly how reverse osmosis systems operate - definitely worth watching! But if you're short on time, here's the gist of it: RO systems work by putting your water through four filters and a membrane to remove impurities. The purified water is then stored in a tank until you turn on your tap! This process ensures that your drinking water is free from contaminants and safe to consume.
Q: Where can it be installed?
If you're preparing to install your own Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System and feeling a bit unsure where to begin or just want to brush up on the best practices for RO installation, check out Gary's "REVERSE OSMOSIS INSTALLATION Tips, Tricks and Disasters" video. This video will provide you with all the essential information you need to tackle your installation with confidence and avoid common mistakes along the way. Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or a first-timer, Gary's insights will help ensure that your RO system is set up for optimal performance.
Q: Can it be connected to a fridge too?
Q: Where can I find a quality RO system?
At Water eStore, we offer a range of high-efficiency Reverse Osmosis systems designed to provide you with pure, great-tasting drinking water in the comfort of your home or cottage. Don't settle for anything less - choose one of our top-quality RO systems and enjoy access to clean, refreshing water straight from your tap!
Q: Which RO Filters do I need?
When it comes to Reverse Osmosis drinking water systems, there are two different types of filters: proprietary and non-proprietary. If you're unsure about which replacement filters you need or where to get them, we've got you covered! Check out the helpful video link below that will guide you through the process of determining the filters you need for your specific RO system.
Q: Can I easily install a Reverse Osmosis system myself? If so, how?
Whether you're planning to tackle the installation yourself or enlist the help of a plumber, it's important to know what to look for and how to proceed with the installation. Check out this informative video for expert tips on how to install a Reverse Osmosis drinking water system that will provide your family with clean, refreshing water. You'll also get helpful insider advice on avoiding common installation pitfalls and ensuring your system is set up for optimal results!
Q: What are some Reverse Osmosis myths and misconceptions?
Have you ever given Reverse Osmosis water a try? With varying opinions on the matter, many people love it while others are concerned about its potential environmental impact and nutritional drawbacks. So, what's the verdict? Is Reverse Osmosis the best choice for your drinking water supply, or are there other options that are worth considering? Let's dive into the topic to find out!
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING A REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM
Selecting the right reverse osmosis system for your home is crucial to ensure clean and safe drinking water. When making your choice, it's important to consider several factors.
When shopping for a reverse osmosis system, you want to be sure it's made in North America. This is crucial, especially when it comes to the non-proprietary issue. If you get a proprietary system, you'll only be able to purchase filters from that same brand or company. This can limit the availability and speed at which you can get replacement filters. In some cases, companies go out of business, making it impossible to get filters altogether. With reverse osmosis systems, it's essential to select a non-proprietary option to avoid these issues.
Another aspect to consider is cost. Some proprietary systems have filters that are more expensive than all four filters that go into the HUM Water Saver 75! It may sound unbelievable, but we've had customers who found that buying a new system is cheaper than buying replacement filters for those units. This is why our filters are all non-proprietary, and you can purchase them through our website or anywhere else that sells filters. We even offer bundles at a discounted price for added convenience and cost savings! So when choosing an RO system, make sure to choose a reliable and cost-effective non-proprietary option to avoid any potential issues.
Additionally, selecting a system with 3/8" tubing to the tank and faucet can enhance water flow and pressure, providing a more efficient and satisfying experience. If the system has quarter-inch tubing, it'll have a slower flow than those with 3/8" tubing.
Along with this, it's crucial to look for support, which can come in the form of customer service, helpful videos, and troubleshooting guides. These resources can help you avoid any potential issues and ensure that your system is working correctly.
Another factor to consider is high efficiency. Opting for a high-efficiency system is better for the environment and your water bill. So, when choosing your reverse osmosis system, make sure to consider these key factors to find the best option for your home.
REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM OWNERSHIP TIPS
When it comes to owning a reverse osmosis system, there are several tips to help maintain its efficiency and longevity. Firstly, it's important to replace the filters once per year to prevent buildup and ensure that you're getting the purest possible drinking water and replace the membrane about every five years. This will also ensure that your system is operating at peak performance.
Additionally, consider the location of the system in your home - installing the system in the basement or an adjacent room can save valuable space under your sink and make maintenance and filter replacement easier. Keep in mind that the distance between the faucet and the system should be no more than 20 feet to avoid needing a booster pump. If the distance is greater than 20 feet, then a delivery pump will be necessary.
3) UV DISINFECTION SYSTEMS
Ensuring that your family has access to clean and safe drinking water is a top priority for any homeowner. If your home relies on well or lake water, using a UV or ultraviolet disinfection system can be an effective and non-chemical solution. These systems use powerful UV light to disinfect water and kill bacteria, without altering the taste, color, or odour of the water. Additionally, they are versatile and can be added to a whole-house filtration system or used as a standalone device. With easy pre-assembled manifolds for installation, UV disinfection systems are a convenient and reliable option for homes with well or lake water.
When it comes to ensuring the safety and cleanliness of your home's drinking water, ultraviolet disinfection (UV) systems are an increasingly popular and effective solution. These systems use powerful UV light to disinfect well or lake water, killing bacteria and other harmful microorganisms without the use of chemicals that can alter the taste or odour of the water.
There are several types of UV disinfection systems available, including whole-house systems, add-on devices to existing drinking water systems, and standalone minirack systems.
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UV DISINFECTION SYSTEM FAQ
Q: How does a UV disinfection system work?
A: UV disinfection systems use powerful ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and other microorganisms in your home's well or lake water. The water is passed through a UV chamber where the light destroys any harmful organisms without altering the taste, color, or odour of the water.
Q: Where can a UV disinfection system be installed?
A: UV disinfection systems are versatile and can be installed in several locations, including the main water supply line to your home to provide whole-house protection, as an add-on to an existing drinking water system like a reverse osmosis system, or as a standalone minirack system. It really depends on your specific needs and preferences.
Q: Can I install a UV disinfection system myself?
A: With the aid of a detailed step-by-step guide, it is definitely possible to install a UV disinfection system yourself. A professional installer can also help you determine the best location for the system and ensure that it is compatible with your existing water supply and filtration system. If you choose to enlist the help of a professional installer, they can offer valuable advice on maintenance practices and answer any questions that may arise during installation. Or you can check out our YouTube channel for some great tips and tricks from the pros!
Q: How do I know what size UV disinfection system I need?
A: Determining the appropriate size of a UV disinfection system depends on several factors, including the flow rate of your water supply and the level of microorganisms present in the water. Consulting with a professional water treatment specialist can help you determine the right size for your specific needs and ensure maximum effectiveness of the system.
Check out these great videos by Gary the Water Guy showing how UV systems work, how to install them, and how to do the changing of the filters in a UV light - which is probably our most viewed video!
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING A UV DISINFECTION SYSTEM
When choosing a UV disinfection system, it's essential to choose one made in North America because these systems have a more extended lifespan and are easier to find replacement parts for. You'll also want to look for a non-proprietary system that has easy-to-replace parts like UV lamps and sediment carbon filters. At Water eStore, we sell these parts in bundles for the systems we offer, so you don't have to worry about searching for them elsewhere.
Additionally, consider the best configuration for your installation situation as there are several options available, including whole-house systems, add-ons for existing drinking water systems, and standalone mini-rack systems.
It's also essential to avoid purchasing from big-box stores or online retailers like Amazon, which may offer seemingly attractive prices but often come with limited support, no replacement parts, and questionable availability of UV lamps.
UV DISINFECTION SYSTEM OWNERSHIP TIPS
As a homeowner with well water, owning a UV disinfection system requires regular maintenance. The filters and UV lamp need to be replaced every year to maintain peak performance. Keeping this in mind, you should replace everything at the same time when it's due for replacement, including the filters. However, if you have a higher sediment and dirt content in your water, you may need to replace the filters more frequently. This is normal, and it depends on where you're drawing water from and what impurities are present.
During installation, it's crucial to keep in mind that the UV lamp needs to be changed out from the top, so ensure that you install it in a location that allows for easy access. One advantage of Water eStore's UV systems is that they're reversible, so you can install them with the UV cylinder on either side, making the installation process more convenient. For those who have limited height but more width to work with, there are UV system options available with horizontal lamps. We can help you select the right configuration based on your unique needs.
Lastly, when installing your UV system for the first time, it's essential to disinfect your plumbing to eliminate any bacteria that may be present. To do this, mix bleach with water and run it through all your pipes and appliances. This ensures that your entire plumbing system is disinfected and free of bacteria.
4) FILTER REPLACEMENT BUNDLES
UV filter change bundles are available in several types, including those specific to certain brands of systems. They can come with filters, lamps, and sleeves, or just filters and lamps in combo packs. Choosing a filter change bundle can save you time and money, ensuring that you have everything you need to keep your system running smoothly.
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FILTER BUNDLES FAQ
Q: What is the advantage of a UV filter bundle?
A: Filter change bundles provide you with the exact replacements you need for your system in one convenient package, often at a reduced cost compared to purchasing each item individually. These bundles are OEM quality and consistent, ensuring that you receive high-quality replacements that meet strict safety and quality standards. Plus, Water eStore offers FREE SHIPPING, giving you added savings and convenience!
Q: How do I install these?
A: Watching our helpful videos at GarytheWaterGuy.com can make maintaining your UV disinfection system a breeze. For example, the Viqua IHS 12 D4 is a very popular system, and we have a video that shows you the entire process of replacing the filters and UV lamp.
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When purchasing from Water eStore, you can count on our top-notch tech support. Our team is always available to offer assistance and answer any questions you may have. We also rely on manufacturers' tech support when necessary, so you can trust that you're in good hands. However, if you purchase a UV system from Amazon or other Big Box Stores, it's unlikely that you'll receive adequate tech support.
By choosing Viqua or UV Dynamics and purchasing from Water eStore, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that you have reliable, high-quality products and exceptional tech support.
Q: How do I know which bundle to get?
A: When it comes to selecting bundles and individual parts, it's crucial to choose the right brand for your system. If you have a UV Dynamics system, you'll want to ensure that the lamp is genuine UV Dynamics. Similarly, Viqua, Trojan, and Sterilite are all the same company, so their lamps are interchangeable as long as they're genuine. Unfortunately, there are many knockoffs out there, which can fry your system and cause expensive damage. That's why it's always worth paying a little extra for a genuine, same-brand lamp.
Q: Can I get these automatically every year?
For those who want to simplify their UV disinfection system's maintenance, we also offer subscription options for your UV filter bundles! This way, you won't have to remember when to order new filters and UV lamps every year. You simply sign up for a subscription on our website and receive the same bundle automatically each year, containing either just the UV lamp, just the filters, or both.
Q: I don't know which bundle to get! Can you help?
A: Water eStore offers a variety of filter change bundles from top brands such as Viqua, HUM line, UV Dynamics, and Pura, with even more options coming soon. If you're unsure which bundle is right for you, feel free to email us a photo of your system to email@example.com, including the model number and brand name, and we'll help you determine what parts you need.
Our helpful videos also make it easy for homeowners to replace the filters and UV lamps themselves with tons of pro DIY tips and tricks from Gary the Water Guy, saving them time and money.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING A UV FILTER BUNDLE
When it comes to owning a UV disinfection system, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Our first tip is to always opt for genuine OEM replacements when replacing filters and UV lamps. Avoid knockoffs or cheaper parts because they can damage your system and lead to expensive repairs or even full system replacement. It's also important to choose a bundle kit that is specifically designed for your brand of UV disinfection system. This ensures that all the components you need are included and that they are compatible with your unit.
When it comes to maintenance, be sure to replace your filters and UV lamps on time. Additionally, when cleaning the sleeve that covers the lamp, ensure that you do not touch the glass with bare hands, use a cloth. Make sure when cleaning that it becomes clear so that the light can shine through it perfectly. If you can't get it clean or if it's broken, even if it's just a crack, replace it. This is important because a damaged sleeve can cause water leaks and damage your entire system.
If you prefer to tackle the maintenance and replacement of parts yourself, we offer access to helpful YouTube videos that guide you through each step of the process. These resources make it easy for DIY homeowners to maintain their UV disinfection system and replace filters when required — without the need for costly service calls.
Since power outages are becoming more common due to storms and other factors, that's why we highly recommend using a surge suppressor with your UV disinfection system. This is a cheap and effective way to protect your investment and avoid costly repairs.
4) IRON & SULPHUR FILTERS
One of the biggest issues with well water is the presence of sulphur and iron. Sulphur gives water that rotten egg smell, while iron causes unsightly orange staining in fixtures and appliances. Plus, drinking or using water that contains these minerals can negatively impact taste and overall quality. An iron and sulphur filter can help alleviate these issues! And, no matter which type of filter you choose, you can trust that our team at Water eStore will provide top-notch support and guidance to ensure that you have everything you need for effective well water treatment.
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IRON & SULPHUR FILTERS FAQ
Q: How does an iron and sulphur filter work?
A: There are a variety of iron and sulphur filter types to fit your specific needs. Chemical injection and ozone systems use added chemicals to break down the iron and sulphur in your water. Meanwhile, greensand systems using potassium permanganate offer a chemical-free solution that oxidizes the iron and sulphur, making them easier to remove.
At Water eStore, we offer chemical-free air injection systems that effectively eliminate sulphur and iron. Unlike water softeners, which require salt for self-cleaning, our filters use air pressure to clean themselves. These chemical-free systems don't require any filters to replace, making them a low-maintenance option for well water treatment.
Q: How do I choose?
A: The right filter for you will depend on factors like the size of your household, the amount of water you use, and the severity of your iron and sulphur issues. If you're not sure which filter is best for your needs, just send us an email and our team will be happy to assist you.
There are several types of iron and sulphur filters available, including chemical injection and ozone systems. However, at Water eStore, we've chosen to focus on chemical-free solutions that require no filters to replace or salt for self-cleaning. While greensand systems using potassium permanganate can be effective at removing iron and sulphur, they can be problematic for septic systems. That's why we've moved away from this older technology and instead offer air injection systems that use air pressure to clean themselves.
Our helpful YouTube videos provide step-by-step guidance on how our iron and sulphur filters work, and what to expect from the installation process.
Q: Do I still need a water softener if I get an Iron and Sulphur Filter?
A: Many people want to know whether an iron filter or FOB/FOC/FOK system eliminates the need for a water softener. Unfortunately, an iron filter won't soften hard water, so if you have hard water, you'll still need a water softener.
Q: Can I install one myself?
A: One of the most common questions we receive about our iron and sulphur filters is about installation. Many customers wonder if they can install these systems themselves, or if they need to hire a plumber. The good news is that, in many cases, these systems are simple enough to install on your own!
If you've installed a water softener before, you'll likely find that installing an iron and sulphur filter is even easier. In fact, Gary the Water Guy has created helpful installation videos that guide you through each step of the process! These videos provide clear instructions and tips for troubleshooting any issues that may arise during installation.
If you're not comfortable installing the system yourself, a plumber or water treatment specialist can easily handle the job. However, with the help of our installation videos and our team's support, many DIY homeowners find that they can successfully install their iron and sulphur filters on their own.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING AN IRON & SULPHUR FILTER
When looking for the best iron and sulphur filter system for your home, there are several key considerations to keep in mind. First of all, it's important to determine the right size for your needs. The team at Water eStore can help you determine the proper size based on your water chemistry and flow rate. If your flow rate is insufficient, the system won't be able to self-clean, rendering it ineffective. That's why we take great care to confirm your flow rate before recommending a specific system.
In addition to size, it's important to consider the quality and reliability of the system you're purchasing. We recommend choosing a North American-made system that features non-proprietary replacement parts. This ensures that you'll be able to get the support and maintenance you need when you need it. Avoiding big box stores is also a good idea, as they often offer limited support and complicated replacement parts processes.
Another factor to be aware of is the difference between actual iron and sulphur filters and other products that claim to do the same thing. Some big box stores sell products labeled as "water conditioners" that promise to eliminate iron and sulphur, among other contaminants. However, these products often fall short of their claims, leaving customers with ineffective solutions and frustrating problems.
By keeping these considerations in mind, you'll be able to choose an iron and sulphur filter system that provides effective and reliable treatment for your well water.
IRON & SULPHUR FILTER OWNERSHIP TIPS
So you've decided to invest in an iron and sulphur filter, like one of our FOB, FOC or FOK systems. Congrats! First things first, you'll be pleased to know that these filters are usually pretty quiet. However, during self-cleaning, there may be a bit of noise for the first five seconds. So, it's important to set the self-cleaning schedule at a time that won't disrupt your household. For instance, avoid scheduling it at night when everyone is asleep.
Secondly, your filter should be set to regenerate every three days to keep it running efficiently at peak performance.
Lastly, if you're planning to install a water softener and UV system too, remember that they should come AFTER the iron and sulphur filter in the installation order. It should go iron filter, water softener, and then UV system for the best results. We have a great video available that explains the order of installation in greater detail, which could be helpful if you have multiple filtration systems.
5) TANNIN FILTERS
If you're experiencing brown "tea-colored" water or staining in your home, it may be caused by tannins in your water supply. Fortunately, a tannin filter could be just what you need to solve this issue!
Tannins are typically found in water sourced from lakes and shallow wells, and can cause unsightly brown water as well as staining on clothes and appliances. Additionally, if you have a UV system, high levels of tannins can prevent it from functioning properly.
While tannin cartridges may seem like a more affordable option, they only filter a limited amount of water and can quickly become costly. In contrast, investing in a proper tannin filter is a more cost-effective solution that will provide long-lasting results. Whether you're dealing with a small cottage or simply want clean drinking water, a tannin filter is a reliable and effective choice.
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TANNIN FILTER FAQ
Q: How does a tannin filter work?
A: A tannin filter is designed to remove tannins from your water, which are organic compounds that can cause discoloration and staining. These filters look similar to water softeners and are filled with a specially designed media that removes tannins from your water supply. By installing a tannin filter, you can enjoy clear and clean water once again.
So not only will this improve the look of your water, but it will also help to prevent staining on your clothes, sinks, and appliances. With a tannin filter, you'll be able to do laundry with confidence and enjoy fresh, clean water throughout your home. So if you're tired of dealing with brown water and stains, consider investing in a tannin filter for your home!
Q: Will a tannin filter clean up the damage previously done by the tannins?
A: While a tannin filter can effectively remove tannins from your water supply and prevent further damage, it won't be able to reverse any staining or discoloration that was already caused by the tannins. In order to restore surfaces affected by tannin staining, such as sinks, tubs, or clothing, alternative cleaning methods may be necessary. Additionally, if tannins have caused damage to your appliances or plumbing systems, repairs may also be needed.
However, by installing a tannin filter and preventing further tannin buildup, you'll be able to maintain a cleaner and healthier water supply in your home. If you're unsure about how to clean up stains or damage caused by tannins, consult a professional cleaning service or plumber for guidance.
Q: How easy are tannin filters to install?
A: If you're wondering whether you can install a tannin filter yourself, the answer is yes! Our helpful YouTube videos that explain how to install a water softener are very similar to the process of installing a tannin filter. So, if you've successfully installed a water softener before, then you should be able to tackle this project with ease.
However, if you're not confident in your DIY skills, it's always best to enlist the help of a licensed plumbing professional. They can ensure that the installation process is done properly and efficiently. We always recommend seeking the advice of a professional plumber to avoid any mistakes and ensure the longevity of your tannin filter. With a successful installation, you'll be able to enjoy crystal clear water free from unsightly tannins in no time at all!
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING A TANNIN FILTER
When it comes to choosing a tannin filter for your home, you want to make sure you're getting the good stuff. Look for filters made in North America and ones that use non-proprietary parts for easier repairs in case something goes wrong. Don't forget to check out support options too — you'll want someone to call or some helpful videos on hand if you need them.
Size matters, so don't go overboard with an oversized filter that can waste salt during the regeneration cycle. Try using a metered valve system that measures water usage and regeneration cycles more precisely.
TANNIN FILTER OWNERSHIP TIPS
There are several things you should keep in mind to ensure your tannin filter operates effectively. For starters, tannin filters use more salt than a typical water softener, typically requiring three bags per cubic foot per month for regeneration. Keep an eye on your salt levels and top up as needed to avoid any interruptions in your water treatment.
As well, tannin filters can sometimes leave a fishy smell in your water. But don't fret — simply add a carbon filter cartridge after the tannin filter to nix any unpleasant odours and ensure that your water tastes and smells fresh.
Another consideration when owning a tannin filter is that it can lower the pH levels of your water. If the pH was already low, this could cause corrosion in your plumbing system. Adding a neutralizer, such as a calcite filter, can help balance the pH levels and prevent any damage to your pipes.
WELL WATER FILTRATION BUYER'S GUIDE CONCLUSION
Well, I hope this well water filtration buyer's guide has answered your most pressing questions and has helped you make an informed decision for the benefit of you and your family! By following these helpful shopping guides and water filtration system ownership tips from Water Treatment Specialist, Gary the Water Guy, you'll be able to maintain your family's water treatment system easily and enjoy clean, clear water in your home.