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What is Filtered?

                                                             What Do Your Filters Take Out?

                                           Kitchen Canister and Whole House Filters

Many people want to know exactly what contaminants are filtered, and exactly in what amounts. But friends, life – and water chemistry – just isn’t as simple as that.

There are many variables, including: 

  • How many contaminants are in your water?

  • How much of each of those contaminants are in your water?

  • How new is the filter material?

  • What is the rate of water flow?

  • How have contaminants combined in your water, altering the chemistry?                                                               - particularly with pharmaceuticals and drugs

Other factors that we determine:

  • How much filter material is in your filter?  
  • Are the filter materials top quality?           

                           The solution is to get a water filter with
                            the right (high quality) filter materials.


If you are on a municipal system, the contaminants, tested and not, are largely known, and they are addressed by all of our standard kitchen filters listed in the online store. 

You need to know if your water is fluoridated and if you have chloramines.  For fluoride and for chloramines, you want an additional canister for each.  Those need more filter material targeting them.

                                     BELOW ARE LISTS OF SPECIFIC CONTAMINANTS FILTERED
                                                 REPORTED TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY. 

For simplicity's sake, we’ve just made a list. The list includes both categories and individual contaminants. Those listed are the contaminants normally of concern. There are hundreds of other potential contaminants. Most will be filtered by the filter materials in our kitchen and whole house filters. 

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF CONTAMINANTS.  THE FILTERS WE SELL HAVE THE FILTER MATERIALS TO WORK ON ALL THE CATEGORIES OF THESE CONTAMINANTS. THEY ALSO HAVE MORE QUALITY FILTER MATERIAL THAN MOST, SO THAT THERE IS MORE FILTRATION.  THE IDEA IS THAT WHATEVER GETS IN THE WATER SUPPLY, YOU HAVE THE BEST FEASIBLE DEFENSE ALREADY IN PLACE.

 

                                                            Fair                       Good                Excellent

                        What Does Granulated Carbon Filter?
                                   (ONE of the filter materials in our filters!)

Bad taste                                                                                                          x                             

Odors                                                                                                                x

Chlorine                                                                                                            x

Chloramine (catalytic carbon)                    x   (It is good, but carbon alone would need far too much carbon)

Triholomethanes                                                                                             x  
 
(dangerous byproducts of chlorine. 
Coconut carbon is particularly effective.)

Heavy Metals                                                                  x

Organic based pharmaceuticals                                                                    x

Organic based illegal drugs                                                                             x

Hormones                                                                                                          x

Radon                                                                                                                 x

Sediment                                                x                           x

Volatile Organic Compounds                                                                         x

Benzine                                                                                                              x

Endrine                                                                                                              x

Lindane                                                                                                              x

Methoxychlor                                                                                                    x

Dichloroethane                                                                                                 x

Trichloroethane                                                                                                x

Toxaphene                                                                                                         x

Trichloroethylene                                                                                              x

Para-dichlorbenzene                                                                                         x

Chloramine                                                                          x

Organic pesticides                                                                                            x

Herbicides                                                                            x

Organic based industrial solvents                                                                  x

PCBs                                                                                                                    x

Perchlorate                                                                          x     (not a lot of testing yet)

Organic arsenic complexes                                                x

Organic chromium complexes                                          x

Inorganic mercury                                                               x

Organic mercury complexes                                             x

Chlorofluorocarbons                                                               x

Hydrocarbons                                                                                                    x


Chlorocarbons                                                                                                   x

MTBE                                                                                                                   x

 

       Poisons

 

Aldicarb                                                                                                              x

Chloroform                                                                                                        x

 

Chlordane                                                                                                          x

 

Heptachlor                                                                                                         x

 

Lindane                                                                                                               x

 

 

                                          What Does KDF Filter?
       (This is just ONE of the filter media in our filters!)

 

Chlorine                                                                                                             x

Heavy metals                                                                                                    x


Lead                                                                                                                    x

 

Aluminum                                                                                                           x

 

Arsenic                                                                                                                x

Manganese                                                                                                        x

Mercury                                                                                                              x

 

Iron  (kdf 85 better)                                                                                          x   (but for extreme situations you need other)

 

Copper                                                                                                                x

 

Zinc                                                                                                                      x

 

Cadmium                                                                                                            x

 

Chromium                                                                                                          x

 

Barium                                                                                                                x

 

Endrin                                                                                                                 x

 

Lindane                                                                                                               x

 

Methoxychlor                                                                                                    x

Perchlorate                                                                   x  (not a lot of testing yet)

Radon                                                                                                                 x

 

Selenium                                                                                                            x

 

Silvex                                                                                                                   x

 

Toxaphene                                                                                                         x

 

Hydrogen sulfide      (kdf 85 is better)                                                           x

 

Lime scale                                                                                                          x

Chloramine   (kdf 85 is better; followed by catalytic carbon)                  x

Iron                                                                                                                      x

Bacteria                                                                                                              x

Algae                                                                                                                   x

Fungus                                                                                                                 x

Hydrogen sulfide                                                                                               x

Fluoride                                                x

Nitrate                                                  x

To learn more about these filter materials, both in granular form and as disks or cubes     used in many of the filters we sell - click on:  Filter Media.

All the filter media used in our kitchen canister and whole house filters are NSF certified.
We do not get every configuration of the same filter materials rec-ertified, which would be wasteful and increase your costs.

To see some certifications of filter materials used in our filters see Certifications.

 
                What Does Activated Alumina Filter?

Fluoride                                                                                                             x

Arsenic                                                                                                              x

Selenium                                                                                                           x

 

Notes: 

Our canister kitchen filters all have  a wide-spectrum Standard filter cartridge that
uses sediment filters, granulated carbon and kdf.

For wells, you should have your water tested first.

            Click below to go to the store listing to see all our kitchen water filters.
                                                 
   
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