Archive for July, 2010

Whole House Water Filter: Best Choice

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

A whole house water filter is the best way to get clean and healthy water throughout your home.  The initial cost for a whole house filter system may be a little more but it certainly could pay off in the long run. But why go to this length?

Because of chlorine and other chemicals, you probably realize that you should not drink unfiltered tap water.  You may not realize that chlorine vapor is another health hazard.  Products vary in their effectiveness, but the best whole house water filters block nearly 100% of the chlorine, so that it can never be vaporized in your home. 

Chlorine gas is a respiratory irritant. It was first used as a chemical weapon in World War I.   Whenever you use hot water, chlorine becomes vaporized.  Physicians are prescribing or recommending  water filters for showers for their patients who have asthma. Also a whole house water filter that blocks chlorine would also be effective.
 
When chlorine is used by water treatment plants for disinfection, a number “by-products” are let go into the water.  They are noted as THMs and one of them is chloroform gas.  Only the best whole house water filters block THMs. 

Government agencies have said that there is some level of chloroform gas in most homes in the United States.  The problem that they noted was taking a shower in chlorinated water.

But, if you live just about anywhere in the United States, you have to shower in water that has chlorine in it. Since government agencies will not go so far as to recommend shower or whole house water filters, what can you do? 

Exposure to low levels of chloroform gas causes dizziness, headaches and fatigue.  Chronic or long term exposure to small amounts of chloroform gas can cause damage to the liver and kidneys.  A whole house water filter that blocks THMs can protect you from the dangers of chloroform exposure.

The problem is that not every whole house water filter can do the job.  Some that block chlorine do not block THMs.  It’s illogical, since THMs are a by-product of chlorine, but it’s true, just the same. 

Other whole house water filters, reverse osmosis, for example, do not even block chlorine.  So, you have to shop carefully and request certified performance data before you buy any whole house water filter.

Probably the worst thing is that researchers believe that there is a link between certain types of cancer (rectal and breast cancer are two examples) and showering in chlorinated water.  Drinking it and inhaling the chemical is a problem, but in the shower, it is absorbed through the skin.  So, chlorine blocking shower filters and whole house water filters should be considered cancer preventatives. 

 When you consider what the right whole house water filter can do for, the cost seems unimportant.  Just remember that all whole house water filters are not the same and a higher priced system is not always the most effective.   Please visit my website for more information on water filters. – Larry L. Taylor
    

Larry L. Taylor
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The Importance Of A Water Purifier

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Water as we all know is life. It is very important to help human beings sustain and live, other living creatures depend upon it, as well as most current industries and companies rely on it to help them in whatever form of production they may be engaged in. There are definitely countless things that we couldn’t do or accomplish if it were not for water. But let us stick to how important water is to sustain human life.

Everyday, we drink several glasses of water (correct me if I am wrong but in fact we are suppose to drink at least eight glasses of it a day). Man cannot live for more than three days without water so water is very essential in our lives.

Our body may need water but we can’t just drink water when we are not sure of its source. Raw water is not fit for drinking because it can contain numerous contaminants, germs and bacteria that can be hazardous for our health. There have been lots of cases when people have consumed contaminated water which led them to contracting diseases like cholera and others that had led to complications and for some even to their death. True, drinking contaminated water can very well lead to your death if not taken action upon on when complications begin to occur.

But thanks to the innovations of science, the water purifier has been created to make our lives a whole lot easier. This device purifies and filters the water from contaminants like viruses, bacteria, chemicals and algae not visible to the naked eye that can be very dangerous. The water purifier assures us that our drinking water is safe and potable.

The market is filled with numerous types of water purifiers utilizing various purification procedures. The various techniques include boiling, reverse osmosis, carbon filtering, distilling and electrode ionization among others.

The most common type of water purification process would be boiling which you could easily do in your home. Though this won’t entail for you to invest in any type of equipment, it can sometimes be a hassle.

Another common system would be carbon filtration. Toxic compounds and contaminants are removed as raw water is made to pass through activated charcoal. In reverse osmosis water is made to go through a semi permeable membrane through some sort of mechanical pressure.

Irregardless of which system that works best for you, it is important to ensure safe drinking water for healthy living.

Mary Lorainne
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What’s “on Tap” at Your House? Hub Plumbing & Mechanical Offers Clean and Green Alternatives

Monday, July 19th, 2010

DATELINE:  SOUTH BOSTON, MA…
Do you gag at the thought of drinking water straight from your tap? Have you and your family become bottled water addicts as a result?  Or, do you hold your nose while you shower because of the smell of your water? Can’t rinse off that scummy soap film either?

If so, John Wood, founder and CEO of Hub Plumbing & Mechanical of Boston outlines some alternative methods that can be used to clean up your water.

First of all, many consumers buy bottled water because they assume it’s safer or cleaner than what comes out of the tap from their municipal water source or well. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water used for drinking. While most consumers assume that bottled water is at least as safe as tap water, there are still potential risks. Although required to meet the same safety standards as public water supplies, bottled water does not undergo the same testing and reporting as water from a treatment facility. Water that is bottled and sold in the same state may not be subject to any federal standards at all.”

Wood urges consumers to take matters into their own hands by employing an in-home water filtration system. “If clean drinking water is your primary concern, a number of alternatives to buying bottled water are available. All offer greener alternatives to bottled water, reducing the huge volume of plastic water bottles that end up in landfills. Point-of-use (POU) systems treat water at a single tap. Point-of-use systems include pour-through products, faucet mount filters, counter-top manual fill systems, counter-top systems connected to sink faucet, or plumbed-in systems that are installed under the sink with a permanent connection to an existing water pipe.”

If your water woes are more widespread and include problems with rust or sediment, scale or odors, you might want to consider a point-of-entry filtration system explains Wood. “Point-of-entry (POE) systems treat water as it enters the house, providing filtered water for use throughout the house for drinking, bathing, cooking, laundry and dishwashers.”

Continues Wood, “POE systems can stop dirt, sediment, rust and scale. Both rust and sediment, left unchecked, can ruin appliances while scale creates unsightly build up on water fixtures, coats water heating elements thereby reducing their efficiency, wastes soap by reducing its lathering ability, and leaves an unpleasant residue on your skin, hair, and clothes when they are washed. Also, one of the most common chemical disinfectants found in municipal city water supplies is chlorine, which tastes and smells bad and can be removed with a carbon filter.”

Both POU and POE devices are based on various contaminant removal technologies including carbon filtration, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, and distillation. In addition, flow rate, filter size, filter life and port size are also important components in point-of-entry systems, which require professional installation. Whichever system is used, it should meet NSF/ANSI standard 53 and be certified to remove the contaminants of concern in your water.

About Hub Plumbing & Mechanical
Hub Plumbing & Mechanical was established in 1999 and now includes a staff of 16 full time employees. This full service plumbing company assists residential and commercial customers with code violations, sewer/drain clogs, garbage disposals, water heaters, water filtration, steam and hot water boilers, thermostats, leaky faucets, tub valves, gas pipes, appliance installation, outside hose faucets, and residential HVAC service.

Hub Plumbing & Mechanical was recently highlighted in a new book entitled “The Celebrity Experience” where Hub Plumbing & Mechanical’s Red Carpet Service was cited as an example of how it’s possible to create faithful life long customers by showering them with treatment usually reserved for celebrities.

Hub Plumbing and Mechanical’s signature Red Carpet service features experienced teams of licensed technicians who not only protect your floors with a red carpet, but also cover their work boots with stain-resistant booties, wear ID badges for security purposes, and arrive on time and smartly dressed in crisp, clean uniforms.

The company does not charge by the hour, but by the specific project. Hub Plumbing & Mechanical is available 24 hours a day and 7 seven days a week to provide immediate access and peace of mind. Dedicated 2nd and 3rd shift night dispatchers internally handle all calls at Hub Plumbing & Mechanical, not an answering service. The difference between the two enables Hub Plumbing & Mechanical to get real-time info on the customer 24/7 to expedite the call as efficiently as possible.

Hub Plumbing & Mechanical Inc. is located at 70 Old Colony Avenue in South Boston, MA 02127. For more information about Hub Plumbing & Mechanical call 1-866-HUBPLUMBING (482-7586), email services@hubplumbing.com, or visit www.hubplumbing.com.

Steve Dubin
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How to Choose the Right Water Filter

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

A Guide To Aid Consumers In Choosing An Effective, Cost Efficient, Drinking Water Filtration Unit.

Purchasing a water filter in today’s marketplace can be confusing even for the most savvy of consumers. Hopefully this guide will assist you in making the right choice in purchasing any water filtration system.

There are over 400 companies that sell drinking water systems for the treatment of various contaminants. Water filters vary widely in quality, price, and performance. Although hundreds of companies make water filtration devices that can reduce chlorine from water, only a few companies offer drinking water treatment units that are certified to reduce a wide array of contaminants of health concern.

A few companies or their representatives claim their products produce PURE drinking water. I have yet to meet such an animal. No water filter produces PURE water, but some do reduce numerous contaminants to a high degree. Avoid any brand that makes such false claims.

Water filters are like everything else, quality costs money. Quality drinking water purification systems usually cost a few hundred dollars to purchase, but save money in the long run because they produce drinking water for a fraction of the cost as compared to cheap filters.

Cheap filters do little or nothing as far as purifying drinking water. One thing they are good for is costing the consumer a lot of money in purchasing replacement filters. A quality filter will give you years of service and save you money. As a rule of thumb – If it costs less than – Let’s say $200.00 – Put it back on the shelf. Do not worry, I am going to show you how you will save more than the $200.00….

Here are a few simple steps to purchasing a quality water filter that will be highly effective, cost efficient, and last for years.

Step 1 – Type Of System

Which application would be best for you – Counter Top – Undersink – Inline – or a Convertable type that can be used as a countertop or be installed undersink?

Counter Top Systems usually install by the use of a valve and rubber hose attached to your existing sink faucet. They do take up some space on the counter. Many people find this to be inconvenient.

Undersink Water Filters install conveniently under the sink and have their own faucet which should be installed at the corner of the sink. They save counter space. Sure beats having a monster sitting on your counter or a hose hanging off your sink faucet. This is the preferred type as it is not only the most convenient but can also be hooked up to an icemaker.

Inline Filters install directly in the line to any appliance that uses water such as an icemaking machine, coffee pots, water coolers, beverage machines, etc.

Convertible – Undersink/Countertop can be used as a countertop or installed as an undersink water filter.

Step 2 – Technology

Determine what you are trying to accomplish by using a water filter. Chlorine reduction only? Bacteria?

Or, do you want to effectively reduce bacterial cysts, chlorine and a wide range of chemical and organic contaminants at the same time. This is what a quality water filter can do.

Another thing to consider is – Do you want to remove the “Healthy Minerals” from your water? Minerals are good for your teeth and bones.

There are a number of different technologies when it comes to water purification. Here are some examples -

Loose Carbon – This is a bacteria factory. Loose carbon allows oxygen to exist within the filter itself which encourages, infact, enhances the growth of bacteria. These filters are very cheap to purchase, but expensive in the long run because the filters have to be replaced frequently.

Distillation – Can be effective on bacteria, sediments, solids, and any organic or chemical contaminant that will not evaporate. There are some chemical contaminants found in water today will evaporate, MTBE is a good example.

Ultraviolet lighting is sometimes used in conjunction with a filter to kill bacteria and has been found to be effective.

Reverse Osmosis – A membrane which reduces radium, fluoride, and numberous other contaminants to a high degree, but it does have it’s limitations. There are many contaminants found in water today that will pass through an RO membrane. Reverse Osmosis used in conjunction with a high quality filter can be very effective. Reverse Osmosis does remove the “Healthy Minerals”.

Reverse Osmosis alone is capable of reducing a number of contaminants found in drinking water today.  Arsenic, barium, radium, giardia, cryptosporidium, entamoeba, fluoride, lead, nitrates, nitrites, 
selenium and a few others…

Solid Carbon Block – This type of filtration reduces the widest range of chemical contaminants to a very high degree. Some are higher quality than others. The density and high quality of the carbon determine the effectiveness. Water passes through a high quality solid carbon block as a molecule instead of a drop. This means all the water touches the carbon. Therefore all the water is subject to proper filtration. Look for a carbon block which will reduce contaminants to at least 1 micron, preferably 0.5 micron. The smaller the number the better. 

Any high quality solid carbon block will reduce a wide range of contaminants.  Contaminants such as
lead, bacterial cysts, mercury, asbestos, mtbe, and many others. 

Step 3 – Performance

Performance is the key factor. Actually the most important thing to look for in any water filter. Don’t waste your money on an ineffective water purification system that simply does not work.

****Carefully read the packaging. Determine which contaminants the manufacturer states the filter will reduce. The label on the product package should state exactly which contaminants it is capable of reducing based on standards set by NSF International.

**** So how do you know if the claims made on the label are correct? If the filters is not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, put it back on the shelf. Quality water filter manufacturers put their filters through rigorous testing by NSF and are proud to advertise their certification.

**** NSF International tests and certifies drinking water treatment devices to the standard appropriate for the technology of the product. For filtration devices, NSF International may certify the product to improve the aesthetics of the water to Standard 42, the health effect of the water to Standard 53 or both. In addition, NSF has developed an additional testing standard for Reverse Osmosis units, Standard 58.

One other thing I want to mention, be sure the packaging states NSF Certified To Standard 53 for example. If it says “tested to NSF Standards” – This does Not Mean Certified.

If you want to see the actual certification, go to the NSF website: www.nsf.org - Click the consumer block and put in the make and model of the filter. If the filter is actually NSF Certified, you will be able to view the contaminants tested for and certified to remove. This way you can compare different certified filter’s performance.

Step 4 – Cost Efficiency

Quality water filters have a long filter life capacity. This is what Saves You Money. Look for a water filter that has a capacity rating of at least 6 months. Understand, this is an estimate. The actual life of the filter depends a lot upon the qualities of your water. If your water has a lot of solids the filter will clog sooner than it is rated. If your water has a high level of contaminants, it will become ineffective sooner. In most cases though, the filter life rating is conservative, meaning the filter will actually outlast the capacity rating. Always keep the filter changed at the recommended intervals, even sooner if possible.

Cheap ineffective filters actually cost more to operate. Having to frequently change the filter cost a lot of money in the long run. 

I hope this article helps you in your quest for a quality water filter!

Read More Articles Concerning Drinking Water, Water Filters, Reverse Osmosis, Tap Water, Bottled Water, Home Water Filtration, Water Contamination, Water Purification, and the Florida Aquifer @ 

http://www.supremedrinkingwatersolutions.com 

Patti Wilson
Water Filtration Consultant

MultiPure Independent Distributor
St Augustine Florida

email:   patti@supremedrinkingwatersolutions.com  

Patti Wilson
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Sealing A Garage Floor

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

My garage floor needs sealing — but how do I do that? The floor of your garage is regularly exposed to intense corrosion and deterioration due to road salt, oils, and other auto fluids. Sealing your garage floor reduces dust and makes sweeping and cleaning easier. A clear acrylic concrete sealer protects the concrete in your garage from damage and stains. Also, these same sealers can be used on concrete walks, driveways, or as a primer under acrylic and polyurethane floor paints. You should use caution when and where you apply a sealer, because they can not be applied over paint or other coatings.

In order to do the sealing yourself you will need several tools and materials: protective clothing, goggles, neoprene rubber gloves, a stiff brush and a bucket, a paintbrush, a cartridge-style respirator with organic-vapor and small-particle filters, a paint roller with extension handle and tray, medium nap roller cover, a concrete degreaser, and, of course, some concrete sealer. Usually 1/2 gallon of sealer covers approximately 100 square feet.

Before sealing, you must clean the floor, as it must be free of dirt, grease, and oil. To do this you should use a stiff scrub brush to apply cleaner and concrete degreaser according to the instructions on the labels of those products. Allow the solution to lie on the floor for 15 to 20 minutes (more for stubborn stains) after you finish scrubbing. After this, you should rinse the floor thoroughly with clear water. You may need more than one application — possibly several.

Some concrete sealers contain hazardous chemicals that are harmful to the skin and eyes and the vapors are not safe to breathe. The vast majority, however, are acrylic. The best way to avoid damage to your eyes, skin, and lungs is to wear protective equipment including goggles, neoprene rubber gloves, and a respirator with both organic-vapor and solid-particle filter cartridges. During the process of sealing the floor you must continuously ventilate the garage. Open all doors and windows — using a fan would also be a great idea.

After cleaning and drying the concrete, it’s time to apply the sealer. You should test the sealer in an inconspicuous area before applying it. If there is any uneven density in the concrete, it may result in a light/dark appearance that you may or may not find objectionable. Using the medium-nap paint roller with the extension handle is the easiest way to apply the sealer. Start in a rear corner, and continue to work your way out of the garage. Before doing anything else, you must allow the sealer to dry as indicated by the instructions on the sealer bottle, usually for a few hours. For a driveway, the procedure is essentially the same, but it is quicker to use a garden sprayer to apply the sealer if you are applying it to a large driveway. You should act with extreme caution not to over-spray onto other material due to the high risk of staining.

Daniel Moore
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The Question Is, are Everpure Water Filters the Best Quality?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

 

Are Everpure water filters the best quality or the best price? If effective contaminant removal fits your definition of quality, then some of their models are of good quality, but not the best.

 

It is easy to see that the company does not offer the best prices. Their least expensive model costs $359.99, does not remove THMs, VOCs or other cancer-causing chemicals and replacement cartridges cost over $100. Other systems remove all of those things and more, with models costing $124.99 and replacement cartridges costing $48. It’s kind of a “no-brainer”.

 

The Everpure water filters that do provide effective contaminant removal (those that reduce THMs and other cancer-causers) cost nearly $800. Why so much? One reason is the inclusion of a reverse osmosis step. Technological advancements have made this step an unnecessary expense, but some manufacturers still include it.

 

At one time, reverse osmosis was the best way to remove cysts and lead. It was used in areas where the mineral content was high, arsenic was present or salt was a problem. But, Everpure water filters were not designed for use in rural areas that might have these kinds of problems. They were designed for use by people that are serviced by a public treatment facility.

 

Reverse osmosis does not remove the cancer-causing chemical contaminants mentioned above, so Ever-pure and companies like them added additional steps to address those issues. They still don’t use the most advanced technologies, though, so their prices are high.

 

Today, even the least expensive systems on the market will remove cysts. You only need to shop for a system that is certified to filter down to one micron. The best systems filter down to a half a micron. Cysts, as you may know, cause waterborne illnesses that can be deadly to those with poorly functioning immune systems. They are tiny parasitic creatures that are resistant chlorine and other disinfection methods.

 

Inexpensive systems will also remove lead, using ion exchange. If you compare product performance data, you will see that some systems remove more than 99% of all traces of the hazardous heavy metal. Ion exchange also improves the taste of your water, by exchanging metallic ions for sodium and potassium ions. It makes your water taste like it came from a spring. Many bottling companies add these minerals to improve the taste.

 

Water from systems that include a reverse osmosis step is relatively tasteless. To most people, it makes them think of old or stale waters. Our taste-buds recognize freshness by recognizing the taste of minerals. We prefer cold water, because it is less likely to contain bacteria.

 

Everpure water filters only reduce lead by about 98%. The company documents state that lead is reduced to the “federal action level”. That level is not considered safe for regular long-term consumption. No amount of lead, regardless of how tiny, is safe for consumption.

 

The bottom line is that there are better systems on the market that cost less. There is no real reason to pay extra for Everpure water filters, regardless of their advertising claims. If you have a few minutes, please feel free to browse through my website.

 

Gordon Hall
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