Water Filters have become a must have appliance. People are becoming less confidence of Water Authorities to observe water quality, plus the environment impact of plastic containers is fuelling the acceptance of Reverse Osmosis Systems throughout Australia.
This explosion also brings with a sellers who may have very little familiarity with the business who definitely are there to market you what they have.
The following is provided that will help you knowing the priorities of water filtration and the questions to ask to make sure you receive the system that suits you. The greater number of you realize and get, hopefully the less chance you may be taken benefit of.
You will find 3 main elements of water purification – Housings – Installation Fittings – Cartridges.
They are the plastic casings that enclose the cartridges. On undersink models where they are subject to mains pressure, they should meet Australian Standards AS3947 which needs a burst pressure of 35000 kpa or 550 psi. With a lot more Asian product coming onto the market it is recommended just to purchase USA manufactured housings to ensure no burst housings or flooded kitchens.
All Purestream housings are created by QMP reputable US manufacture adhere to Australian Standards AS3947 and carry the produced in USA stamp.
These parts must be brass or chrome and normally incorporate an inline compression tee connections, flexible hose or dishwasher connection for simple installation.
Many consumers might not be mindful of what the plumber uses to set up their system, however it is recommended being informed, because many will use plastic stop valves, Saddle Valves, which simply cut through the copper pipe and so are illegal in this particular country.
An end valve to reduce water off for maintenance together with a Pressure Limiting Valve to limit any spikes or hammers from the pipes is mandatory.
Some companies possess the Pressure Limiting Valve as an option claiming their housings are Australian Standards approved and do not require one. Usually do not install under counter reverse osmosis system without having a Pressure Limiting Valve. Some inline plastic Apex valves are fine.
Most units will contain fittings in order to connect tubing to housings. We recommend the John Guest push fitting because it is quick and reliable. Also your faucet is very important and where possible a Ceramic Disk, that gives you ¼ to full turn is the best option. These should be provided as part of the package and not an upgrade.
Here is where consumers need to be aware. Repeat business with replacement cartridges is very large business and some manufacturers look to have non-standard cartridges to preserve their data base and charge want they desire. 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 may be canister style or carbon with mesh, usually by using a hole on the centre. If they have flat ends, without any extensions and correct length. It really is recommend when thinking about any purchase, you enquire about the size and measurements of your cartridge.
Non-standard cartridges can be hard to access in case your supplier is not really available. Also they are often expensive as you may simply do not possess a alternative. Everyday we replace customers housings because it is cheaper than accessing the ‘non’standard’ cartridges.
Twist-off or bayonet style cartridges are becoming popular due to their simplicity of replacement, compact design and hygiene. This requires the replacing of the medium and casing. If choosing this style, be sure the unit incorporates a standard style cartridge that may be sourced from various outlets. The most common of they are the Omnipure Q and E Series which are plentiful. Purestream, within the name brand Ezi-Change, has both countertop and water faucet filter incorporating this technology.