Do you have issues about the quality of your building's water supply, either from a municipal water source or from a well? If so, you may be looking into a water filtration system that can help improve the water quality. With there being so many different kinds of water filters, you are likely wondering which one is going to be best for you. Here is what you need to know about the following water filter systems.
Carbon Water Filtering
Carbon filters are very common due to how cheap they are for business owners to purchase. They are also manufactured with multiple grades that allow for more or less filtering. Depending on the quality of your water, you may be able to get by with using a lower-grade carbon filter that only removes a few key impurities from the water.
Carbon filters are capable of removing lead, mercury, and the majority of bacteria found in water, but the filter will have problems removing fluoride or chlorine. Expect to replace carbon filters after a few months of use, with the exact length depending on how frequently the filter is used.
Distillation Water Filtering
The distillation process involves heating water until it turns to steam, then allowing the steam to turn back into water. It will kill off bacteria found in the water and even remove most chemicals. This process does not remove minerals that will travel with your water, such as calcium or magnesium. The tradeoff is that the distillation process does not require any filters that need to be replaced, keeping the maintenance cost over time to a minimum.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filtering
Reverse osmosis filtering works by pushing water through a semipermeable membrane, which is designed to block chemicals and bacteria. The filter is typically combined with an additional carbon filter so that more minerals and bacteria are removed. When combining both filtering techniques, it can be very effective when it comes to removing contaminants in your water supply. However, this type of filtering can waste water when removing the contaminants.
Sometimes all you need is a water softening system, which is designed to remove minerals that are known to clog your plumbing fixtures. It works by binding sodium with those minerals that make water hard. It will not remove bacteria or chemicals, but the softening system works well for those that have well water that leaves a residue behind on things that you clean.
Work with a commercial plumbing service for assistance with installing a water filtration system for your building.