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The Hard Water Corner

Common sense information about a common problem.

Water Filtration Systems for Florida

Water Filtration systems for Florida

Homeowners often want to improve the quality of their water using filtration. Water filters come in a variety of sizes for different applications. Some want filtered water just for their kitchen uses others want water filtration to be applied to the whole house. The most popular filtration media is carbon. Carbon is very porous and has an incredible ability to filter chlorine and other contaminants.

Chlorine is added to our water supply by the municipal water treatment companies. The purposechlorine for chlorine is to control pathogenic bacteria in our drinking water. Unfortunately, this chemical may present potential complications to human health as well as complicate the life of a water softener. We will spend the next few minutes talking about options that a homeowner has in reducing the chemical chlorine in their homes.

I am not a medical doctor so I cannot definitively determine the exact cause and effects of consuming chlorine. However, I can speak to the effects of chlorine causing damage to water softeners.

Water softeners in Jacksonville FL, have a daunting task. Not only does a water softener have to soften some of the hardest water in the nation but it also must function with some of the highest chlorine levels in the nation. Most of the internal parts inside a water softener have extreme sensitivity to chlorine exposure and will yield a lower life expectancy under prolonged exposure. Water softeners typically all work the same. There is a series of cycles where by the system will perform regeneration. Most softeners use a piston driven style, where a movable piston will push and pull itself into different valve positions. These different valve positions are separated by seals and spacers. These parts are the only wearable items inside a water softening system. The rubbery nature of the seals are excellent in making a seal around the piston however they are extremely sensitive to chlorine.

Another area of concern is the softening media called resin. It’s made of styrene which looks and feels like plastic. Prolonged exposure to chlorine will greatly reduce the life expectancy of ion-exchange resins. In some cases, depending on chlorine levels, the water softening resin life span can be reduced by 75%!! When that happens you could lose the water pressure to your homes plumbing system. Most people in that case call the municipal water treatment company. The water treatment company will instruct homeowners who experience a water pressure drop to put the water softener into the bypass position. This will restore water pressure to the home but you will not have treated water any longer. The water softener will need a repair.

The best way to apply carbon filtration to a water treatment system is through pre-filtration. That simply means installing a designed filter ahead of the water softener system. A certified carbon pre filter will not only deliver higher quality water to every tap in the house but it will protect the water softener from the woes of chlorine-greatly prolonging the life expectancy. Surprisingly a lot of companies do not offer a certified carbon pre-filter.

Side note: Florida Law requires that carbon filters must meet certain criteria to be eligible for legal sale in our state. With a large influx of Chinese made filter media and cartridges, you will have to look closely to see if the filter meets Florida’s requirements or not. If the water system that is being proposed does not bear the certifications needed please seek a second opinion before you move forward. If you would like more information on this topic send me a message.


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