Water Filters have grown to be a must have appliance. Customers are becoming less confidence of Water Authorities to observe water quality, along with the environment impact of plastic containers is fuelling the acceptance of Reverse Osmosis Replacement Faucets throughout Australia.
This explosion also brings using a sellers that have very little familiarity with the business that are there to sell you anything they have.
The following is provided to assist you knowing the priorities water filtration along with the questions to ask to make sure you receive the system that suits you. The better you understand and get, hopefully the less chance you may be taken good thing about.
There are actually 3 main elements of water filtration – Housings – Installation Fittings – Cartridges.
These are the basic plastic casings that enclose the cartridges. On undersink models where they are subjected to mains pressure, they have to meet Australian Standards AS3947 which requires a burst pressure of 35000 kpa or 550 psi. With more and more Asian product coming to the market it is suggested to simply purchase USA manufactured housings to ensure no burst housings or flooded kitchens.
All Purestream housings are manufactured by QMP reputable US manufacture conform to Australian Standards AS3947 and carry the produced in USA stamp.
These parts should be brass or chrome and normally incorporate an inline compression tee connections, flexible hose and dishwasher connection for simple installation.
Many consumers might not be conscious of just what the plumber uses to set up their system, however it is recommended to become informed, because many will use plastic stop valves, Saddle Valves, which simply cut from the copper pipe and they are illegal within this country.
A stop valve to reduce water off for maintenance as well as a Pressure Limiting Valve to limit any spikes or hammers within the pipes is mandatory.
Some companies hold the Pressure Limiting Valve as being an option claiming their housings are Australian Standards approved and never require one. Do not install under sink water filter with no Pressure Limiting Valve. Some inline plastic Apex valves are fine.
Most units will contain fittings to get in touch tubing to housings. We recommend the John Guest push fitting because it is quick and reliable. Also your faucet is vital and where possible a Ceramic Disk, that gives you ¼ to full turn is the best option. These needs to be provided in the package and not an upgrade.
This is when consumers should be aware. Repeat business with replacement cartridges is very large business and several manufacturers turn to have non-standard cartridges to preserve their data base and charge want they need. Several of the non-standard models are Raindance, Aquaspace, Pureatap, Everpure.
Standard cartridges are 25 cms Or commonly referred to as 9 ¾” or 10”.They may be canister style or carbon with mesh, usually using a hole along the centre. If they have flat ends, with no extensions and correct length. It is actually recommend when thinking about a purchase, you enquire as to the size and measurements in the cartridge.
Non-standard cartridges can be hard to gain access to if your supplier is not available. Also they are often expensive as you simply do not have a alternative. Everyday we replace customers housings because it is cheaper than accessing the ‘non’standard’ cartridges.
Twist-off or bayonet style cartridges have become popular because of the simplicity of replacement, compact design and hygiene. This involves the replacing of the medium and casing. If choosing this style, ensure that the unit contains a standard style cartridge that could be sourced from many different outlets. The most famous of they are the Omnipure Q and E Series which can easily be bought. Purestream, within the brand name Ezi-Change, has both countertop and water filter for faucet incorporating this technology.