Home and commercial property owners can enjoy the benefits of clean and healthy water by consulting with the plumbing experts at Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC. Our professional staff offers water filtration system installation services, as well as repair and maintenance programs to all of our valued customers throughout Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. With a number of highly effective filtration system options it is our promise to give you bottle quality water at a price that everyone can agree on. Technology such as activated carbon, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet radiation can effectively remove more than 99% of the most common contaminants in a typical water supply that is delivered by municipalities or derived from private ground wells. This will ensure a safe and refreshing drinking water supply at all times.
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What Are the Different Types of Water Filtration Systems and Their Benefits?
Activated carbon is considered to be the simplest type of technology used in water filters. Inserted into cartridges, grains of fine black carbon essentially absorb impurities such as chlorine and other natural minerals and chemical compounds.
Reverse osmosis filters use multiple membranes that are wound around a large cylindrical tube. The outer surfaces attract an array of contaminants such as toxic byproducts of pesticides and other industrial processes. All of the impurities are actually flushed away into the drain rather than collected onto the exposed membranes.
Ultraviolet radiation filters are used specifically to kill viruses, bacteria, and other microscopic living things that thrive in water. Powerful lamps emit UV radiation that instantly kills the DNA structures of parasites and microorganisms.
What Maintenance Is Required for These Systems?
A carbon filter cartridge needs to be replaced when it becomes saturated with impurities. Modern filters usually have digital sensors that remind users when it’s time for replacement. The housing in the filter unit might need to be rinsed to remove any remains of charcoal grains.
Reverse osmosis water filtration systems have multiple valves and other components that regulate flow rate. The membrane should be cleaned monthly to ensure optimum filtration and draining of contaminants. Reverse osmosis filters don’t require any pumping action and therefore a power source is not necessary. A sediment pre-filter in RO systems should be drained and cleaned.
UV water filters need to be connected to an electrical outlet at all times. The lifespan of the special light tube is usually several years and therefore replacement is needed after it burns out. Additionally, electrical components should be fully insulated and protected from the slightest exposure to moisture.
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Should You Install a New Water Filtration System or Repair?
Your water filtration system can help to make the water you drink healthier. It can also be used to remove impurities from borehole water or well water so that it can be used for other purposes such as outdoor cleaning.
Some of the best filtrations systems will last for years. However, it’s important to know whether to repair your system or install a brand new one. Here are some factors to consider.
- Smell: Improperly filtered water can take on an unpleasant and peculiar smell. This smell often indicates the filter has become inefficient, clogged or dirty and that the water is unsuitable for drinking and other purposes. If your filtration system produces water with a strange odor, you can either repair it, replace parts or replace the entire system. Unfortunately, making repairs or replacing parts rarely fixes the problems, so we often recommend investing in a new system.
- Contents: Water that hasn’t been fully filtered may contain small pieces of dirt, debris or scale. That’s a typical tell-tale sign that you need to replace the system. However, you want to start by checking that there isn’t an easily corrected fault before replacing the whole system.
- Sound: Odd noises are a common warning sign that a filter is reaching the end of its life. If your water filter starts sounding strained, consider a replacement before it breaks down completely.
What Are Common Problems With These Systems?
Water that is heavily concentrated with contaminants can flow through carbon filters and may cause clogs from time to time. A leak in the supply line can deliver loads of dirt that can instantly fill up an entire charcoal cartridge.
Reverse osmosis filters may decrease water flow from the fixtures inside your property. All valves should be properly opened or closed to adjust incoming and outgoing water pressure. Sometimes, the RO membrane can start to disintegrate after years of operation without any maintenance and repairs. That is why we strongly encourage our customers to schedule regular inspections so that any issues will be caught early on and future complications can be avoided.
UV water filtration systems may become damaged by strong power surges during blackouts. After such an incident, the lamp could stop functioning normally and require replacement.