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Water Filters: Which Ones Will Keep You Safe?

Differences in Water Filtration Systems

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Water filtration involves forcing water through a porous material that works to remove particles such as dust and salt that can be harmful to ingest. The size of the particles a filtration system can effectively remove depends on the size of the pores present on the filter.

Both microfiltration and ultrafiltration systems involve removing particles suspended in the water by pushing the water through a porous sheet. The only difference between the two filtration systems is the size of the pores the water must move through. Because of recent concern over viruses and bacteria, panic buying is at an all-time high.

Items most commonly bought in bulk include toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and bottled water, and stores are having difficulty keeping these items in stock. Investing in a high-quality water filter is a way to ensure your family never runs out of clean water. Access to clean drinking water is always necessary, but right now, having clean drinking water in your home is crucial for keeping you and your family safe.

What Is Ultrafiltration?

ultrafiltrationAn ultrafiltration filter has a pore size around .01 microns or .000001 mm and effectively filters out bacteria, lead, viruses, chlorine, and other suspended particles.

An ultrafiltration system produces zero waste and can remove viruses such as Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Rotavirus, etc. which can contaminate the water and make an entire household sick.

Ultrafiltration requires higher water pressure than microfiltration. Because the pores are smaller, more pressure is needed to push the water through effectively. However, this process does provide the ultimate in filtration for added safety.

Distilled Water: The Cleanest Water Available

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Distillation involves boiling the water coming into the home and condensing the steam back into liquid form, effectively removing all impurities and minerals.

Essentially, distilled water is the cleanest water you can drink. The boiling process involved in distillation removes microorganisms like bacteria (such as Salmonella and E. Coli) and some viruses.

Distilled water is not only free from pollutants, but research shows it has the potential to remove contaminants from your body’s cells. Drinking distilled water will help to protect you and your family from diseases.

UV Light Can Clean Water

uv waterUltraviolet water purification is a way to remove bacteria from your household water supply. UV light penetrates the contaminated water and remove pathogens by attacking their DNA.

This form of water treatment is safe, effective, and environmentally friendly as there are no chemicals used, and the treatment requires little energy. UV destroys 99.9% of harmful pathogens and works to attack impurities at the molecular level.

As of now dangerous viruses, such as Hepatitis A and SARS, can be spread through drinking water, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Additionally, you can also reduce the cost of buying bottled water, which can add savings every month.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Can Help

If you’re sure not sure what filtration system is best for your home and your family’s needs, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing today. Serving the Northfield community since 1980, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can handle jobs of any size. Whether you need a consultation on a new water filtration system or general plumbing services, they are always there to serve you.