Once you have identified the water quality issue you are having, you will need to determine the type of water filter cartridge required to solve the problem. When deciding this you will want to keep in mind the desired flow rate and the filter cartridge size needed for the job.
In this blog, we will be reviewing the basics of:
- Water Testing
- Typical Water Problems: Symptoms, Cause, Solution
- Water Filter Cartridge Options & Benefits
You can see, taste or smell when there is a water quality issue. But now what? It's recommended to have your water tested to verify the true problem, in order to make an educated decision.
WARNING: Do not use with water that is microbiologically unsafe or of unknown quality without adequate disinfection before or after the unit.
Typical Water Problems!
Symptoms: Cloudy, Discoloured or Tinted Water, Clogged or Leaking Faucets
Cause: Dirt, Sediment, Rust Particles
Solution: Whole House Filter System or Under Counter Filters
Symptoms: Musty, Swampy Taste, Chlorine Taste - in Water & Ice Cubes
Cause: Taste / Odour
Solution: Carbon Cartridges and Canister style Ice Maker / Refrigerator Filters
Symptoms: Soap Deposits on Dishes, Clothing Soap Curd in Bathtub
Cause: Hard Water
Solution: Water Softeners
Symptoms: Red/brown Stains on Fixtures & Clothes, Metallic Taste
Solution: Iron Filters
Symptoms: Brackish (Salty) Taste, Cloudy Ice Cubes, Deposits on Pots & Pans When Boiling Water
Cause: Dissolved Salts
Solution: Reverse Osmosis
Symptoms: Build-up in Water Heater Tank, Banging Water Heater
Solution: Hot Water System Protector
Water Filter Cartridge Options & Benefits
Once you identified, your water quality issue, we can determine the type(s) of water filter cartridge that required to solve the problem.
- Suitable for silt, dirt, sand, rust & scale particles.
PLEATED POLYESTER FILTER CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including residential, commercial and industrial.
NOTE: this cartridge can be cleaned and reused in most applications and micron ratings.
STANDARD SPUN POLYPROPYLENE DEPTH CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including potable water systems, food and beverage, commercial, industrial and home reverse osmosis system.
SPUN POLYPROPYLENE GRADIENT DEPTH CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including food and beverage, commercial and home reverse osmosis system.
GIANT SPUN POLYPROPYLENE GRADIENT DEPTH CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including domestic and commercial pre-reverse osmosis.
STRING WOUND POLYPROPYLENE CARTRIDGE
Ideal for removing very fine sediment right through to very coarse sediment, at ambient temperatures.
- Used for water, oils, concentrated acids and alkalis, oxidizing agents, corrosive fluids, and gases.
- Low temperature applications can be incinerated for easy disposal.
300°F HIGH TEMP. STRING WOUND COTTON CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications including potable water. Suitable for removing very fine sediment right through to very coarse sediment.
- Used for water, distilled water, beverages, oils - animal/vegetable/petroleum, acids - citric/ fatty, alcohols.
Tinned Steel Core
- General-purpose core, for solvents, paints, and oils.
300°F HIGH TEMP. STRING WOUND NATURAL COTTON CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications. Suitable for removing very fine sediment right through to very coarse sediment.
- Used for water, organic solvents, oils, paints, petroleum, alcohols.
304 Stainless Steel Core
- High temperature, strong acids, moderately corrosive fluids.
TASTE & ODOUR
- Suitable for unpleasant taste & odour, chlorine taste & odour, fine sediment & particles.
STANDARD CARBON DEPTH CARTRIDGES
Ideal for a wide range of applications.
CARBON BLOCK (BRIQUETTE) CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including point-of-use and reverse osmosis, residential, food service, commercial, and industrial.
CARBON BRIQUETTE ‘CYST REMOVAL’ CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including potable water filtration, as well as many industrial, commercial and food service.
CARBON BRIQUETTE / MULTIMEDIA CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including pre- and post- reverse osmosis filtration, taste and odour reduction for potable water in residential drinking water systems, commercial water coolers in schools, offices and factories.
POWDER ACTIVATED CARBON WRAP CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications.
GRANULAR ACTIVATED CARBON CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including reverse osmosis system or water dispensing system in residential, commercial & industrial.
SPINDOWN / SAND SEPARATOR FILTER
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including whole house filtration, agricultural and commercial / industrial applications.
IN-LINE TASTE & ODOUR FILTER CARTRIDGE
Ideal for a wide range of applications, including icemaker, reverse osmosis system, coffee maker, and refrigerator.
Now that you have a better understanding of water filter cartridges and how they can solve any water quality issue you may have, I would like to leave you with a Pro Tip: Select a water filter cartridge with a Gallons Per Minute Rating that is 2x the desired flow rate. This will result in the cartridge lasting closer to or up to the recommended six-month replacement time for maximum cost efficiency.
For more information, check out our 'Choosing the Proper Water Filtration Solution'.