What Do Water Filters Remove?

What Do Water Filters Remove?

July 24, 2019

Access to clean water is absolutely crucial for all life. If you can’t trust the tap water or well water at your home, then it’s imperative that you invest in water filtration installation in Pisgah Forest, NC so you don’t have to worry about falling ill as a result of dirty water.

How exactly do these water filters work, though, and do you need one for your home? Here’s some information to educate you further about water filtration and its benefits.

How filtration works

It’s fairly easy for water to pick up certain debris and contaminants during its cycle, even beyond the chemicals that are added to the water at municipal facilities. Water starts up in a rain cloud, in a river or a lake, and then gets captured in municipal water facilities and eventually runs through a series of pipes all the way to your home. At some point along the way, it’s highly likely the water will attract at least some dirt and debris, which will eventually dissolve and become a part of the liquid.

Water filters are designed to remove any of these contaminants that may appear in the water during the water cycle. There are a couple different techniques that can be used to eliminate this dirt. One is physical filtration, which is essentially straining the water like you would strain freshly-cooked pasta, but on a much smaller scale. The filter might be a textile membrane or thin piece of gauze, with very small holes that capture the larger pieces of matter that you want to remove from your drinking water as it flows through the filter.

There’s also chemical filtration, a method of water filtration that involves running the water through an active material that is designed to remove any impurities through chemical reaction as those impurities pass through the filter.

As for what exactly those filters remove, it really depends on the kind of filter and the filtration method it uses. The most common type of household water filter, for example, is an activated carbon filter, which features activated carbon granules based on charcoal. Charcoal works as a natural filter in that it has a large internal surface area with many small holes, sort of like a sponge. It attracts chemical impurities and then absorbs them. This process works for common impurities like pesticides, industrial solvents and chlorine-based chemicals, though it isn’t necessarily the best choice for impurities that cause “hardness,” or for heavy metals.

Again, there are many different types of water filters, each of which is ideal for removing different kinds of contaminants and impurities. The selection of filter you choose will depend primarily on the kinds of impurities that show up in an analysis of your water and just how many impurities the water has in your area.

For more information about water filter installation and how the filtration process works, or to schedule water filtration repair in Pisgah Forest, NC we encourage you to contact Royal Water Works, Inc. today. We look forward to helping you soon!

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