Installing a home water filtration system is a proven way to remove contaminants that can affect the taste, odor, appearance, and even the health of the water. There is no need to suffer from poor quality water as a private well or public water user.  In this article, we will take a closer look at water filtration and three problems that can affect its performance and efficiency.

The Importance of Water Filtration

Private well water users are solely responsible for the health and safety of their water supply. Municipal water suppliers do clean and disinfect water to a basic standard, but there are still quality risks from emergent contaminants, human error, and breaks in city water supply lines. For these reasons, adding a final line of defense to remove potentially harmful contaminants is a great idea.

3 Water Filter Problems Explained

Like any complex system, water treatment equipment does need some essential maintenance from time to time. Let’s look at three common water filter problems in more detail:

1.   A Dirty Filter

This is probably the most common water filter problem and it’s one of the easiest things to fix. Over time, the accumulation of chemicals, heavy metals, and other contaminants can degrade the performance and efficiency. Some filters can be cleaned and reused, but others will require replacement with a fresh filter. Every manufacturer has specific requirements for the care of the filters they manufacture. Following these guidelines and cleaning or replacing the filters as needed is a great way to prevent contamination issues.

2.   Obstructions

When sand, rock, soil, and other sources of sediment become lodged in a water filter the performance can be degraded. Sediment can be found in the aerator which will prevent water from flowing out of the faucet. This will increase the water pressure in the faucet and supply line which could even cause a pipe burst. Another problem is bacterial plaque that can form inside the filter and this is a common problem in ionic water filtration equipment. These obstructions can be removed in a variety of ways, chemicals can dissolve sediment buildup and disinfection techniques can remove bacterial plaque. But, in some cases, it will be necessary to replace the affected filter or components.

3. Mold Growth

Water filters can be in moist and warm environments which are perfect conditions for mold growth. Under normal operating conditions, this is not an issue, this only becomes a problem if the filter is dirty or not cleaned/replaced on time. If a water filter is moldy, it should be removed and replaced to prevent allergic reactions and illness.

In Conclusion

The takeaway from this article is that it’s important to get your water filtration system serviced regularly. All necessary filter cleanings or replacements need to take place in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Keeping up to date with these requirements is a proactive approach that can prevent them from ever becoming an issue.

If your water filtration system requires some essential maintenance, contact your local water treatment specialist.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.