Water Filters have grown to be a must have appliance. Consumers are becoming less confidence water Authorities to keep track of water quality, plus the environment impact of plastic containers is fuelling the acceptance of Reverse Osmosis Replacement Faucets throughout Australia.
This explosion also brings with a sellers who definitely have almost no familiarity with the industry that are there to sell you what they have.
This is provided that will help you learning the priorities water filtration as well as the questions to ask to ensure you have the system that meets your requirements. The better you know and ask, 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 these are subjected to mains pressure, they need to meet Australian Standards AS3947 which takes a burst pressure of 35000 kpa or 550 psi. With increasingly more Asian product coming to the market it is strongly recommended just to purchase USA manufactured housings to make sure no burst housings or flooded kitchens.
All Purestream housings are created by QMP reputable US manufacture adhere to Australian Standards AS3947 and carry the manufactured in USA stamp.
These parts must be brass or chrome and normally incorporate an inline compression tee connections, flexible hose or dishwasher connection for easy installation.
Many consumers is probably not aware about just what the plumber uses to install their system, however it is strongly recommended to be informed, because many will use plastic stop valves, Saddle Valves, which simply cut with the copper pipe and are illegal within this country.
A stop valve to reduce water off for maintenance together with a Pressure Limiting Valve to limit any spikes or hammers in the pipes is required.
Some companies hold the Pressure Limiting Valve for an option claiming their housings are Australian Standards approved and do not require one. Will 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 as it is quick and reliable. Also your faucet is essential and where possible a Ceramic Disk, which supplies you ¼ to full turn is the ideal option. These must be provided included in the package rather than an upgrade.
This is where consumers must be aware. Repeat business with replacement cartridges is big business and some manufacturers look to have non-standard cartridges to maintain 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 known as 9 ¾” or 10”.They could be canister style or carbon with mesh, usually having a hole across the centre. If they have flat ends, with no extensions and correct length. It can be recommend when thinking about any purchase, you enquire regarding the size and measurements in the cartridge.
Non-standard cartridges can be hard to gain access to in case your supplier is not available. Also they could be expensive when 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 which can be sourced from many different outlets. The most popular of they are the Omnipure Q and E Series which are readily available. Purestream, beneath the brand name Ezi-Change, has both countertop and water faucet filter incorporating this technology.