Filters and Softeners

Water Filters

Water Filters

You don’t have to live with….

  • Water that smells
  • Water that stains your fixtures, ruins your pipes, eats up water heaters and dries out your skin & hair

We sell several styles and types of water filters, softeners, conditioners and treatment systems..WHOLE HOUSE and POU(point of use)
No matter what they’re called, they turn bad water into good water!

With a water sample test, we can evaluate the condition of your water and consult with you about the proper filtration needed to achieve the quality of water you want for your Home and Family

It’s better to use filters to remove the bad stuff from the water.. rather than use your body as the filter”


Understanding Filters and Softeners

In most areas of Idaho some type of filtering is necessary to save our hair, skin…appliances and fixtures from the negative affects of chemically treated and hard water.

Most city and county water supplies are treated with a combination of chemicals. These chemicals along with the hardness (calcium, magnesium and turbidities) can cause dry, irritated skin and hair, some people more affected then others. The hardness in ground water (wells and aquifers) create a corrosive build up that will be noticed on dishes, shower doors, faucet outlets and toilet bowels.

The most damaging and costly affects of hard water can show up in our dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters. Appliances that don’t use some form of conditioned water, as their water supply source, will experience a shorter life. This is due to their pumps, motors and heating elements having to work much harder because of the hard water build up. Water heater elements, burners and tanks, can also experience shortened life, as they have to heat the water much longer and hotter through the hardness build up.

Other specific foreign substances in Idaho’s water that cause havoc in our homes are:

  • Ferrous and Ferric Iron = yellow or rust color on porcelain
  • Manganese = blackish stains on fixtures and laundry
  • Hydrogen Sulfide = rotten egg smell in water
  • Tannins = yellow or brown cast In water supply

What is the correct Filtering choice to improve Your water?

Water Softeners – to remove hard water and small amounts of other foreign substances via “ion exchange”
At this time, there are NO devices on the market that changes “hard water” to soften water, other than “ion exchange”.

Anti-Scaling devices – They are not water softeners. Anti-scaling devices just keep small amounts of hard water scale from sticking to areas of the water flow surfaces.

Non Salt Systems – This type of system does not soften the water, but attempts to trap the contaminants and hard water until they “foul” and have to be serviced or replaced.

How effective “Anti-Scale” or “Non Salt” systems are, greatly depends on the quality of the water that goes through it. Generally speaking, these systems don’t work well with hardness over 3 gpg (grains per gallon) hard or with higher TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). Natural occurring substances like calcium, magnesium, manganese (black oxide), iron and iron bacteria slime, to name a few of the local foreign substances, will foul the “Non Salt” “Non Regin” systems in a short time.

Water softeners come in many styles, filtering quality and water/salt use efficiency.

You can pay too little and you can pay way too much!

Even a low end softener will soften your water to some degree. The questions to ask are how long will it last, who can repair it when it fails, what will it cost, how much salt and water it uses, and how much and how often “hard water” breaks through?

A higher end unit will typically be more efficient by saving water and salt due to better design and technology that allows the most effective re-generation cycles.

Remember, all the units we have talked about so far only remove hardness and in exchange we get softer water. Very few other contaminants are removed with just a softener and softeners alone don’t make the water any safer to cook with or drink. Don’t be fooled by paying too much for just a softener.

Sediment filtering – to remove turbidity (sand, sediment)

Basic filtering – string wound, “glass blown” or pleated paper.

Carbon filtering – removes or reduce many toxic chemicals like

  • Benzene, Chloramines, Chlorine, Pesticides and others. Different types of “Carbon” will be used for specific contaminants. Not all carbon filtering is the same. There are many types and quality levels of carbon filtering

Granulated carbon is the easiest and cheapest to use and is why most refrigerator filters and shower filters use this type of carbon.
The down side of this carbon is its poor longevity, quality of filtering and retaining contaminates. The high price of refrigerator filters is more in the packaging and dispensing design, rather than the quality of filtering. Your standard shower filters use only cheep carbon and carbon alone does not work well with hot water…ready for a cold shower!

Solid carbon block is one of the most effective carbon styles and comes in different micron filtering sizes for different filtering needs. Flow rates will have to be considered when using this type of carbon.

Ceramic Filters is used in special cases especially in filtering private well water were pathogens are not regularity monitored by a municipality. These filters use a porous solid ceramic to trap pathogens like bacteria, parasites and some viruses.

KDF media is used in better quality water filtering systems. KDF is a filtering media made of high-purity alloy; copper & zinc; know to kill algae fungi and to control bacteria. This alloy combination is also best in removing chlorine, pesticides, heavy metals and many other organic compounds.

Reverse Osmosis (RO): A good RO System has at least 4-5 stages including the RO membrane. This type of filtering removes approx. 90-98% of most contaminants. In order for an RO system to be efficient and have some longevity, it should have a potable soft water feed, in areas with water harder then 7 grain. RO systems work by pre filtering feed water through a series of sediment and carbon elements and depending on the quality of the feed water, other elements can be used before it gets to the RO membrane. The RO Membrane is the most expensive and most effective part of the system, filtering and rejecting substances as small as .0005 microns. If someone was to drink their tap water that is post “soft water system”, especially post “bargain softener”… there would be residual salt and the RO system would be the best in removing salt. No other (above mentioned filtering) would be adequate.