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Your public water authority does the best it can to provide you with water that is free of disease-causing pathogens and sediment. However, water that is passed through a series of distribution lines to reach your home may contain sediment. Therefore, a sediment reducing filter is advisable on the incoming water line. An Aqua-Pure sediment reduction filter can help protect washers and seals from premature wear, it can help prevent aerators and valves from plugging and help keep your water heater from collecting excessive sediment.
What can I do if I have a moderate amount of hardness in my water, but don’t want to use a softener?
There are several Aqua-Pure filtration products that incorporate a scale inhibition agent. These cartridges, like the AP420, utilize two important mechanisms to help inhibit scale and corrosion: one that helps prevent scale from forming and one that treats the surface of the piping to help prevent the negative effects of hard water scaling or corrosive water. In addition, Aqua-Pure Scale and Corrosion cartridges incorporate a progressive porosity pre-filter for premium sediment reduction and long life.
The AP110, supplied with the Aqua-Pure AP11T, AP101T filtration systems, is considered a standard cartridge for use on most 'normal' water supplies. That is, those that don’t have visible particles. If visible particles are evident, and symptoms such as clogged aerators are noted, then the coarser AP124 should be used. If water appears cloudy, then use the very fine AP1001 cartridge.
Sediment cartridges should be changed when a drop in water pressure is noticed, or every 3 to 4 months, whichever occurs first.
Taste/odour cartridges should be changed when the off taste or odour returns, when a drop in pressure sediment is noticed, or every 4 to 6 months, whichever occurs first.
Water that appears to be clear but causes stains when allowed to sit, such as in the toilet or where hot water and chlorine bleach are used, contains dissolved iron. Because this iron is not in a particle form, but dissolved into the water like salt is in sea water, treatment other than a particle filter is needed. Consult your Aqua-Pure representative about a water analysis to determine the best treatment for this or other contaminants.
The greatest risk of lead is through ingestion. It was only as recent as 1987 that the use of lead solder was prohibited. In any home built before that time, lead could be reintroduced into the water after a whole-house lead reduction system filter. In addition, the chemical reaction that takes place to reduce lead takes some time. The high flow rates required for whole-house reduction makes lead impractical to treat for the whole-house. Since lead poses the greater risk when ingested, it makes sense to focus treatment at the point of use, such as the kitchen or bath faucet.
Aqua-Pure filters will operate in any orientation. However, for any position other than the vertical and upright, drainage of the filter housing and proper seating of the cartridge have to be considered when changing cartridges.
Yes! Washing large particles of contaminant off the outside surface of the cartridge or Back-flushing will extend the cartridge life, but eventually the cartridge will be blocked completely and will have to be thrown away. Contaminants trapped in the depth of the cartridge are difficult to remove by back-flushing. Back-flushing more than once is usually not effective. Once the full depth of the cartridge is blocked, the cartridge will have to be thrown away and replaced with a clean one.
Separate the head and the cartridge housing and inspect the o-ring/gasket for tears, crimps or kinks. If any of these exist, you need to replace the o-ring/gasket. If the o-ring/gasket appears to be in good condition, you can lubricate it with food grade vegetable oil, xx grade lubricant or even water.
It takes approximately 24 hours to fill the storage tank (2.5 gallons) when empty. The production is at a steady drip rate.
The pre and post filters should be replaced every 6 to 12 months. The membrane should be replaced every 2 to 3 years.
The RO will remove approximately 95-99% of the total minerals in the water.