Water Filters have become an absolute must have appliance. Customers are becoming less confidence water Authorities to keep track of water quality, as well as the environment impact of plastic containers is fuelling the acceptance of Reverse Osmosis Systems throughout Australia.
This explosion also brings having a sellers who may have almost no expertise in the marketplace who are there to sell you anything they have.
The following is provided that will help you knowing the priorities water filtration along with the questions to ask to make sure you obtain the system that meets your requirements. The more you know and inquire, hopefully the less chance you will certainly be taken benefit of.
You can find 3 main aspects of water purification – Housings – Installation Fittings – Cartridges.
They are the plastic casings that enclose the cartridges. On undersink models where they may be subjected to mains pressure, they need to meet Australian Standards AS3947 which demands a burst pressure of 35000 kpa or 550 psi. With more and more Asian product coming on the market it is suggested just to purchase USA manufactured housings to ensure no burst housings or flooded kitchens.
All Purestream housings are produced by QMP reputable US manufacture abide by Australian Standards AS3947 and carry the made in USA stamp.
These parts should be brass or chrome and normally incorporate an inline compression tee connections, flexible hose and/or dishwasher connection for simple installation.
Many consumers will not be aware of just what the plumber uses to setup their system, however it is strongly recommended to be informed, because many will use plastic stop valves, Saddle Valves, which simply cut through the copper pipe and therefore are illegal in this country.
An end valve to slice water off for maintenance and also a Pressure Limiting Valve to limit any spikes or hammers inside the pipes is required.
Some companies possess the Pressure Limiting Valve for an option claiming their housings are Australian Standards approved and do not require one. Tend not to install under sink water filter with no Pressure Limiting Valve. Some inline plastic Apex valves are fine.
Most units will contain fittings for connecting tubing to housings. We recommend the John Guest push fitting as it is quick and reliable. Also your faucet is important and where possible a Ceramic Disk, which provides you ¼ to full turn is the ideal option. These should be provided within the package rather than an upgrade.
This is where consumers have to be aware. Repeat business with replacement cartridges is big business and some manufacturers look to have non-standard cartridges to preserve their data base and charge want they want. Some 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 can be canister style or carbon with mesh, usually using a hole down the centre. As long as they have flat ends, with no extensions and correct length. It can be recommend when contemplating an investment, you enquire as to the size and measurements in the cartridge.
Non-standard cartridges can be difficult gain access to in case your supplier is not available. Also they can be expensive while you simply do not possess a alternative. Everyday we replace customers housings because it is less than accessing the ‘non’standard’ cartridges.
Twist-off or bayonet style cartridges are becoming popular for their simplicity of replacement, compact design and hygiene. This calls for the replacing of the medium and casing. If choosing this style, ensure the unit boasts a standard style cartridge that may be sourced from a variety of outlets. The most popular of these represent the Omnipure Q and E Series which can easily be bought. Purestream, underneath the brand Ezi-Change, has both countertop and water filter for faucet incorporating this technology.