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Why A Water Filter Should Be An Important Component Of Kitchen Renovations?
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With more scientists and health professionals saying that our water supplies are contaminated with man-made pollutants, it is becoming increasingly common for homeowners to include water filters during a kitchen renovation. You shouldn’t choose just any filter for your home, however, as the whole purpose of the system is to improve the quality and the taste of the water. If you are about to embark on a kitchen renovation, this is the perfect time to consider what you are doing to help your family’s health.

Reverse Osmosis

This is one of the most effective water filters available. ‘Regular’ osmosis occurs when molecules pass through a permeable membrane to equalise the concentration of molecules on both sides. Reverse osmosis, on the other hand, is when the opposite occurs – instead of equalising the concentration of molecules on both sides of the membrane, the pressure will push pure water on one side and leave a concentration of pollutants on the other. This means that the pollutants are kept out of your faucets.

This method of filtration generally employs two carbon filters and/or other pre-filters that will work to remove a range of potentially dangerous contaminants, including lead, mercury and arsenic. Reverse osmosis is also highly effective at removing essentially all pharmaceutical drugs, coliform bacteria, ecoli, percolate, VOCs, viruses, fluoride, chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, THMs, cryptosporidium and MTBEs. Any of these substances could be harmful to your family and all elements need to be removed.

Other Systems
There are a number of other water filters on the market, but their results are nowhere near as good as those of reverse osmosis. Pitchers, for example, are portable systems that sit on the bench or in the refrigerator; you must fill them up with water and leave for a few minutes so that the contaminants can be removed. Whilst they do have a low initial cost they do need to be replaced fairly regularly, which negates this. They could be a good alternative, however, whilst a more complex system is installed.

There are also point-of-use filters available, which are installed either beneath or above your sink. They remove the contaminants from the water before it comes out of the faucet and can actually be switched on and off. They are fairly effective in removing lead, pesticides, sediments and chlorine but are unable to remove many of the other contaminants outlined above. The filter must also be changed fairly regularly and the process can cause a delay in switching the faucet on and the water coming out.

If you are thinking about undertaking a kitchen renovation in your home sometime in the near future, you should think about including the installation of a water filter in your plans. This is the best way to ensure that your family is healthy and that you are doing your bit for the environment. It is important that you don’t just install any filter, however, as some are distinctly better than others. We would recommend a reverse osmosis system, but a pitched or point-of-use one would do temporarily.

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