One of the more important aspects of owning a water filtration system is the need for regular maintenance. Sadly, many people neglect their water filters which is strange because they represent a significant investment. Regular professional maintenance from your local certified water specialist is advisable. But, there is one simple task that you can perform which will help your water filtration system to work at optimal efficiency. Changing your water filter regularly will improve performance and ensure that you get the best possible water quality for your home.

Why Do I Need to Change the Filter?

First, it’s important to understand that your water filtration system may have more than one type of filtration media to purify the water. A prime example would be the reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system that will have pre-filters, post-filters, particulate filters and the main semi-permeable membranes that remove most of the contaminants. Each filter has a specific role to play within the system and if one is not working efficiently it can affect the overall water quality. In the above example the post-filter is typically composed of activated carbon that traps remaining impurities to add a final “polish” to your drinking water.

How Often Do I Need to Change the Filters?

This is a hard question to answer because there are a number of factors to consider, such as: the filter type, the hardness of your water, the contaminants found in your tap water and more. Understanding the makeup of your water is important and this should have been done when you purchased your water filtration system. If you’ve moved into your home and inherited your system, it may be a good idea to get your water tested. This will help you to understand if your existing system is suitable to filter and clean your water. If you’re not sure how to proceed, contact your local certified water treatment specialist for expert help and advice.

If you have documentation for your filtration system, it should contain a great deal of useful information. There should be instructions on how to change the filters and the types of filters you need. Certain filtration systems even have indicators which warn you when a filter needs changing. There are many makes and types of water filters available, but as a general rule of thumb they should last at least 6-12 months before a replacement is needed.

For a more precise answer, it’s important to consult the owner’s manual for your system. If you’ve misplaced the manual, check the manufacturer’s website for a free pdf replacement. The manual should have detailed instructions on the filters, their product numbers, how to replace them and the optimal frequency of filter changes. Once you know which filters you need, it’s a good idea to buy them in bulk to save money. As an added bonus, you will always have the right filter on hand when you need it.

To schedule some essential maintenance for your home water filtration system, contact your local water treatment specialist today.

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