An Overview of How Water Filters Work

May 13, 2021 10:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Water that has an unsightly appearance, strange taste or foul odor can be filtered to make it cleaner and more pleasant. There are many different types of water filters, and if you’ve been having issues with the water quality in your home, you might be interested in learning more about filtration and how it works before purchasing a filtration system of your own.

Here’s a quick overview of the water filtration process in Shelby County, OH and how water filters work.

Water filtration

Because water is a solvent, this can potentially cause some issues in your drinking water as the water runs through pipe systems to get to your taps. Your water comes from a natural source, whether it’s groundwater or an above-ground lake, river or stream. It’s taken to a treatment center where it’s processed to make safe for drinking, but along the way can absorb chemicals, dirt and various other contaminants that can cause it to become cloudy, polluted or foul tasting or smelling.

Water filters are designed to take water that has an excessive amount of these contaminants and clean it by extracting those contaminants in various ways.

There are both physical and chemical filters, each of which has their own advantages and disadvantages. Physical water filters strain the water through a membrane or other type of media to remove some of the larger particles the water might pick up.

With chemical filtration, the water gets treated with other forms of technology to remove impurities. One example is an ion exchange system, which involves chemical reactions in the water to pull out various contaminants and impurities.

Different types of filters can be used to accomplish different goals. Ultimately, you might find it in your best interest to mix and match these filters. This is especially true if you know you have some particularly significant contamination issues with your water—one type of filter or one level of filtration might not be sufficient for what you need.

Keep in mind that water quality will vary depending on many different factors. Where you live is a key one—geology plays a big role in determining the quality of the water, and the source of your drinking water is related to that. Certain drinking water sources may be more heavily polluted, or have to go farther to get to the user.

In addition, the age of your municipality’s water system, or your own home’s piping and plumbing systems can also play a role in the quality of water you bring into your home. If you’re at all uncertain about your need for water filtration, it is a good idea to have a professional come out and inspect your water and conduct a water quality test so you know exactly what’s in your water and how best to proceed.

For more information about how water filters work, or for help with water purification and filtration in your Shelby County, OH home, we encourage you to contact Fogt Water Conditioning with any questions you have for our team.

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