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Although your water provider monitors the quality of your fresh water supply, you still may have cause for concern. In most cases, you can drink municipal water without health risks. However, the taste or smell of your water may be unpleasant. Additionally, if a pregnant woman, small child, elderly individual or otherwise vulnerable family member is present in your household, you shouldn't take risks with your water. Contact your Cherry Hill plumbing professionals for information about your water supply.

Finding the right type of filter starts with a water analysis. Send for a water test kit or take a sample to a local water-testing lab to find out what quantities of pollutants are present.

Armed with specific knowledge about your water content, you are ready to select a filter. Two primary types are available. Point-of-entry water filters provide treatment right at the water main, before distribution throughout your home. They ensure that all of your household supply, whether bound for the washing machine or the kitchen sink, is purified. Point-of-use filters treat only the water that you use for drinking, tooth-brushing and cooking. These types of units include filter pitchers, faucet filters and filters located beneath the sink.

When considering a filter for purchase, make sure the model is NSF/ANSI certified. These units have been tested and approved as effective in reducing pollutant levels in your water. Those meeting NFS/ANSI standard 53 are certified for health purposes.

A point-of-use, activated carbon filter contains positively charged carbon that absorbs impurities as water passes through the unit. Sold as a countertop, under-sink or faucet unit, this type of water cleaner removes unpleasant tastes and smells such as chlorine from your drinking water.

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Units with standard 53-approved filters also sift out such heavy metals as mercury, copper and lead. They also filter disinfection additives, radon and chemicals such as MTBE and TCE. In addition, certified carbon filters remove health-harming bacteria like Giardia.

Cation exchange water softeners are point-of-entry filters that treat all the water entering your home. They remove dissolved minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese from hard water that, while not strictly health hazards, are undesirable in a plumbing system. Cation exchange units utilize a medium such as sodium to filter minerals out of the water.

A distilling-type water cleaner heats water at its point of entry to a boil, then condenses the resulting, purified steam to liquid for potable use. This method rids your water of heavy metals, including copper, lead and mercury, and eliminates toxins like arsenic, barium and selenium.

Reverse osmosis filters draw water through a membrane that removes contaminants such as bacteria, heavy metals and toxins. It is an under-the-counter unit and often incorporates carbon filter or ultraviolet disinfection capabilities. Ultraviolet disinfection water filters use UV light to dispel microorganisms from your water supply.

Select the right filter for your household needs and your family will benefit from the healthy advantages of a clean water supply. With proper maintenance and filter changes according to the manufacturer's specifications, your filter will also remove any worries you have about what's in the water your family is drinking.

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