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Many homeowners worry about the quality of water their family members are consuming each day. Perhaps you have heard stories about toxins or other contaminants in your municipal water supply that could pose heath hazards. Find out which undesirable elements are lurking in your water by having it professionally tested, then contact your Cherry Hill plumbing contractors for advice on addressing worrisome issues. One option to discuss is a point-of-use, activated carbon filter system.

Carbon is another name for charcoal. It results from heating wood to a high temperature, around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, in an oxygen-free atmosphere. Volatile organic elements in the wood, such as sap and other compounds, quickly dissipate, leaving pure, dense carbon and mineral ash. Activated carbon (AC) undergoes a process of oxygenation that creates millions of microscopic pores amid the carbon atoms. Activated charcoal is highly absorbent, with between 200 and 2,000 square meters of surface area per gram of material for attracting and bonding to impurities.

Some particles are attracted to carbon while others are not. Activated carbon effectively absorbs chlorine and carbon-based chemicals, but it does not absorb substances such as sodium or nitrates, so an activated carbon filter is not a comprehensive choice for cleaning all types of water. Once the filter is filled to capacity with absorbed impurities, you must replace it with a new one or it could begin depositing undesirable compounds back into your water.

The main benefit of an AC filter is better tasting and smelling water.

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While palatability doesn't necessarily enhance the health of your drinking supply, many people consider it important. AC filters are limited in terms of the other types of impurities that they can remove, so knowing the contents of your water is important when selecting the right filtering system.

AC water filtration devices come with filter cartridges that fit into a specially designed pitcher, countertop or below-the-sink unit. Upon flowing into the container, your tap water passes through the filter cartridge, leaving contaminants behind and emerging more pure. Units with a bypass valve allow you to prolong the life of your faucet-mounted AC filter by using some water as-is for non-potable purposes.

AC filters are designed to work with either granular activated carbon or an AC block. The capacity of the AC in your filter largely determines its overall efficacy as well as how often you must replace it. If your device uses a granular filter, the size of the particulates has a bearing on its capacity, with smaller granules having higher rates of absorption.

Be aware that mineral sediment from hard water easily clogs AC filters, shortening their lifespan. Sediment filters made from foam or cotton are available to work with your AC cartridge to mitigate sediment buildup, and replacing your sediment filter is less costly than frequent AC filter replacement. A drop in water pressure in your faucet-mounted device indicates the need to change your sediment filter.

Depending on the contents of your water, an activated carbon filter may an effective way to purify your family's drinking supply. Ease of installation and maintenance make an AC unit a good choice for point-of-use filtration.

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