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Taking Your Water Filtration System to the Next Level

By Monica Phelan

"Things just don’t last like they used to." But not in this case, it could just be a water issue. By adding a Pre-Filter to your water filtration system you will prolong the life span of your whole house water filtration. This solution is best where large volume of scale, debris, pipe scale, coarse sand, fine sand, very fine sand, grit or heavy sediment is needing to be removed from your water filtration system.

 

In this blog, we will be reviewing the application options available in the market, the features & benefits, along with the accessories and replacement parts available to take your whole house water filtration system to the next level.

WHAT'S IN YOUR WATER?

 

Application Options

“T” Standard Filter Housings have an in-line inlet / outlet connection for straight through piping only. Designed for installation on suction or discharge side of pump on systems with flow rates up to 100 GPM, these filters provide an effective means for removing large volumes of sediment. They’re ideal for whole house pre-filtration.

In-Line “T” Sand Separators have an extended bowl to allow for the deposit of larger amounts of sand, extending time between purges. In the larger 1-1/2” & 2” sizes, the sand separator mesh elements are mostly closed off to prevent the spinning water in the upper chamber from disturbing the settled sand in the lower chamber. They’re ideal for whole house filtration, agricultural and commercial / industrial applications.

Combo Filter Housings have dual outlets for straight through piping or discharge at 90 degrees; in some cases, both discharge outlets are used. However, the CF filter comes complete with a slip x FPT bushing and a threaded plug so that one of the outlets can be plugged. The 1” size spin-down filter has a shorter filter bowl; the end of the element has four tabs to hold it into position. In the larger 1-1/2” & 2” sizes, the spin-down filter and the sand separators use the exact same bowl. However, the filter elements differ - the spin-down element is the full bowl length, whereas the separator element only has a half-length screen and is held in position by a long stem. This creates a large lower chamber that can hold more sand, allowing more time between purges. They’re ideal for whole house pre-filtration.

Combo Sand Separators have dual outlets for straight through piping or discharge at 90 degrees; in some cases, both discharge outlets are used. However, the CF filter comes complete with a slip x FPT bushing and a threaded plug so that one of the outlets can be plugged. They’re ideal for whole house filtration, agricultural and commercial / industrial applications.

High Temperature Housing / Filter Elements are specially designed to remove large volumes of sediment from hot water and a wide range of chemicals on systems with flow rates up to 25 GPM. These spin-out filters are available in two models: “standard” and “separator” (extended bowl) housings. The extended filter bowl provides greater sediment-holding capacity than the standard housing. The separation of the filtrate from the filter element compartment greatly reduces the abrasion on the filter element, increasing its life span. They’re ideal for outdoor furnaces, cooling towers, residential / commercial hot water heaters, heat exchangers, hydronic radiant floor heating systems, spas / jetted tubs.

 

The difference is very simple - the “T” filter has an in-line inlet / outlet connection for straight thru piping only. While the “CF” combo filter has dual outlets for straight thru piping or discharge at 90 degrees, in some cases both discharge outlets are used. However, the CF filter comes complete with a slip x FPT bushing and a threaded plug so that one of the outlets can be plugged. The threaded plug can be removed, and the second outlet can then be utilized.

In-Line “T” & Combo Sand Separators

 

Features & Benefits

  • No tools required - hand tighten only.
  • No down time.
  • Molded heavy-duty PVC filter body.
  • Clear polycarbonate filter bowl allows for visual inspection of flow and filter performance.
  • All materials are non-corrosive and are ultraviolet stabilized / weather resistant.
  • Clear cover with the ability to indicate when cleaning is required.
  • Easily cleaned and reusable, eliminating expensive element replacement.
  • Sediment can be easily purged from the bowl.

Overall filtration costs are greatly reduced when used as a pre-filter in duplex filtration systems by preventing post-filtration cartridges from plugging prematurely before their absorption ability is exhausted, maximizing the capacity / utilization of the carbon. This dramatically increases the life span of taste and odor, granular carbon, and other fine micron cartridges.

 

Accessories / Replacement Parts

Replacement Water Filter Housing parts are available for your convenience - so, you only need to replace the part needed and not the water filter housing.

  • Filter Body
  • Filter Cover
  • Cover Guard
  • O-Ring Kit
  • Purge Valve
  • Bushing
  • Adapter
  • Plug

Automatic flush valves are available if the flushing needs to be quite frequent, or if one wants to eliminate the need to remember and physically go to the filter room to purge the system.

Filters are available in polyester mesh or stainless steel mesh. Both are offered in a standard, separator, and sand separator option for the “T” and the “CF” filter housings. A stainless steel sand filter is the "best" way to go if you have abrasive sand and somewhat aggressive or acidic water. However, a polyester mesh element works great in most applications and are available in lower micron ratings than stainless steel meshes.

 

Now that you have a better understanding of the application options available in the market, the features & benefits, along with the accessories and replacement parts available, you can take your whole house water filtration system to the next level. I would like to leave you with a Pro Tip: all filtration systems, regardless of the manufacturer, contain parts that have a limited service life. Therefore, filters must be installed in an area where leakage will not cause property damage, and there is an adequate drain to handle the volume of water the system can produce.

WARNING: HAND TIGHTEN ONLY - USE OF TOOLS VOIDS WARRANTY

 

For more information, check out our 'Choosing the Proper Water Filtration Solution'

Tags: Water Filtration