Investing in a Home Water Filter
When investing in a water filter system for your Denver area home, it’s essential to do your research and consider the water quality in your home. Denver water quality is good overall, but if you don’t like its taste or want an extra layer of filtration, a water filter might be the perfect solution.
There are a variety of water filter systems for home use, from under-sink filters to whole-home systems.
How Does a Water Filter Work?
Water filters remove contaminants to make the water safer for consumption. Generally, water passes through a series of filters that remove particles from the water.
The first filtration stage typically involves a sediment filter that traps large particles in the water.
The next stage is usually an activated carbon filter that absorbs smaller particles, chemicals, and other contaminants.
Depending on the filter's type and quality, additional filtration stages may be present.
After the water has passed through the various filters, it’s safer for consumption. This is the general process behind both under-sink and whole-house water filters. Drinking water filter systems can also remove the “chemical taste” that some people get from city water.
Does a Water Softener Filter Water?
Water softeners don’t filter water. They remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which they do via a process known as ion exchange. This isn’t the same as filtering, and other contaminants can still be present in the water even after it’s gone through a water softener. You can install both a water softener and a water filter in your home if you want to. However, Denver doesn’t have very hard water, so you should be set with only a water filter to remove chemical tastes or treat private water sources like wells.
Under-sink Water Filters
Under-sink water filters are an excellent choice for a reliable and easy-to-maintain water filter system for one or two faucets. Under-sink water filters come in various sizes and styles, so it’s important to consider the size of your home and the number of people in your household before making a choice.
Under-sink water filters usually require regular changes to ensure that they provide clean and safe water. Some filters may need to be changed as often as every few months, while others may last up to a year before needing replacement.
Changing the Water Filter Under Your Sink
With a basic system, you can learn how to change an under-sink water filter yourself: simply turn off the water supply, unscrew the filter, and replace it. More complex filter systems require tools and plumbing know-how, making them a job for the professionals. If your under-sink filter doesn’t have an easily accessible twist-off filter, schedule regular filter replacement with professional plumbers to ensure the job is done right.
Whole-house Water Filtration Systems
Whole-house water filtration systems are an excellent option for those looking for an effective way to filter water throughout their entire home. These systems typically include a sediment filter, activated carbon filter, and other additional filters depending on the type of contaminants in the water supply.
Whole-house water filtration systems are typically installed at the main water supply line, meaning that all water entering the home is filtered for contaminants. These systems are relatively easy to install, but it’s important to make sure that they’re properly maintained. We work with Brita® to provide quality filters tailored to the impurities found in the Denver area near your home. Get the best in custom filtration, installed by expert plumbers to purify your water.
How to Change a Whole-home Water Filter (With a Little Help)
Whole-home filters are similar to under-sink filters, except they’re located near your main water supply. Different systems can be finicky and no DIY guide can cover all the different brands and filter placements. Instead, leave water filter maintenance to the experts, who have years of knowledge and experience with a range of filtration systems. Our pros can maintain your system after installation, including changing out the filters as often as you need.
If you notice a leak after your filter’s been changed, call a plumber for emergency service.
Invest in Water Filtration for Better Drinking Water
Ready to take your water to a whole new level? Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Denver today for all your water filter and other plumbing needs. Our experienced team of professionals can help you find the right water filtration system and provide any other plumbing services you require. Book online for service or advice, or call us today at (303) 835-9352.