How often should I replace my Water Filters?
“How often should I change my water filters?” is a question that many customers asked Bradley Plumbing Services.
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“How often should I change my water filters?” is a question that many customers asked Bradley Plumbing Services – so much so that we decided to write an article on it! Read on and find out what makes us tick.
What Are Water Filters?
Water filters can be found in most homes, including yours. They are a great way to remove sediment and other particles from your drinking water, giving you a safer product overall. Sediment can cause discoloration and bad taste while also plugging up pipes over time. The more sediments there are in the water, the dirtier your dishes will come out of the dishwasher or how brown your laundry will get after running through the wash cycle.
That’s where water filters come in. They can be installed on the water line coming into your home or under the kitchen sink, depending on which type you get and how much you want to pay for them.
How Often Should I Be Changing My Water Filters?
If you have really hard water, then a filter won’t last as long while using less-frequent filters is easier on the wallet. You should check your user manual (if applicable) if you aren’t sure what kind of water filter you have installed. Typically, they will give a timeframe in terms of months or gallons before they need to be changed out for a new one.
Things to look out for when using / inspecting your water filters:
- Do not use a water filter with signs of damage
- Do not pour boiling water directly on the filter
- Do not store where it will freeze–freezing can crack or otherwise damage the filter
Types of Water Filters:
Carbon filters are the most commonly used filters. They have many pores that trap sediments as they pass through, making them very effective at removing particles from your drinking water. If you find yourself changing your carbon filters every three months, then you’d be spending about $300 a year to keep clean water in your home. That’s quite expensive!
A better alternative is reverse osmosis (reverse osmosis) filters. The membrane technology these use lets very little sediment through, which makes them last longer. If you replace your reverse osmosis filters every four months, then you’d be spending about $120 a year to keep clean water in your home. That’s far less than the previous carbon alternative!
Replacing your water filters on time will give you great tasting and cleaner water at a fraction of what others spend for filtered water. Give Bradley Plumbing Services a call today if you need help replacing your water filter or any other plumbing service! We’re happy to answer any questions and assist with whatever you might need done around the house.
How does Bradley Plumbing Services install a brand new home water filter?
A fresh water filter is installed in the home’s main line. If you are unsure what a home’s main line is, you can find it by turning off your main shutoff valve and looking at the pipe coming out of ground that attaches to your home plumbing system. That is where we will put our new water filter for the best use of clean drinking water possible. We will also show you how to operate this unit safely so there are no leaks or damage to property.
Please note: if any repairs need to be made prior to installation, Bradley Plumbing Services will inform you immediately!