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How Filtration Can Go Wrong

A couple years ago, a luxury hotel had attempted to filter their entire water supply. Their desire was to provide their guest with the best experience possible.  While with good intentions this also gave way to some negative consequences.  Understanding what to remove and what to leave in your water supply can affect not just the taste and odor of the water, but the safety of the water as well.  This particular facility had wanted to remove all the chlorine from their incoming water supply and made the decision to utilize a whole building system to do so.  The side effect of removing all antibacterial properties in a large water system is the introduction of bacterial growth after the point of entry system.  This bacteria growth will occur in the piping after the filtration system and will cause exposure to the user’s downstream. What Filter Pure would have recommended was utilizing a mechanical filtered system with Ultraviolet at the point of entry. This would eliminate any possible contaminants entry into the building water supply.  It also maintains the appropriate levels of disinfectant to ensure pipes are not permitting bacterial growth. For taste and odor concern, these should always be handled at the point of use with a system similar to the Insurice Single PF-i2000 system (EV9324-21).  We recommend Everpure for all water point of use systems. Every location has different water quality concerns that require direct and special attention. If you have any questions regarding your facility’s water filtration systems, please contact me, Todd Leach, or our customer service team at 1-800-942-7873. Ask me a questions!

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Don’t Forget About the O-Ring!

First, what is an O-ring? An O-ring is a doughnut, or torus shaped seal typically used to prevent the passing of air or fluid. O-rings are used to keep fluid or air IN or OUT of a defined space. This device helps to keep the water tight or air tight integrity of a filter housing or filter application. O-rings come in a wide variety of sizes and different types of materials; Types of Material

  • Buna-N®
  • Ethylene, Propylene
  • Silicon Encapsulated with FEP, an FDA-approved material
  • Silicone (Solid)
  • Teflon® (Solid)
  • Teflon® Encapsulated with FEP
  • Viton® (Solid)

    To extend the o-ring’s effectiveness there are some things you can do: Remove and inspect the o-ring at every filter change or every time the housing is opened, as well as applying the manufacturer’s approved lubricant. The protectant/gel, usually made of silicon is inexpensive and is easy to apply. If there are signs of any wear or improper form of the o-ring, the o-ring must be replaced immediately prior to restarting the filter system.    The life of an o-ring varies based on how you take care of it and what it is made of. It is very important to your operation to make sure you have the proper o-ring for your filtration application. If you have any questions on changing out your o-rings or whether you are using the proper o-ring for your system, I invite you to submit a question below or call our team at 1-800-942-7873. Click here to ask us a question!

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How Often Do I Change My Water Filter?

One of the most common questions we hear from our customers is in regards to how frequently a water filter cartridge should be changed. Whether it’s a standard sediment or carbon filter, every customer has one key priority in mind: How Long Will I Have Dependably Clean, Great Tasting Water? In other words, how can I be sure that my filter is still reducing the impurities that can impact the flavor of my water? Our standard answer: It depends. The frequency of filter changes depends upon your water quality and your water usage. For example, if there are a lot of sediment particulates in your water, then you will have to change your filters more frequently than someone with little to no sediment. If you are a large restaurant consuming large amounts of water a minute or a hospital with large ice machines, then your usage will demand more frequent filter changes. Having said that, we suggest replacement schedules that are generally as follows: Everpure High Flow CRS Quad MC2 System The most common Everpure Filtration System, mainly seen in the back of the house of restaurants should be changed every 6 months, or every 36,000 gallons. The EC210 prefilter, to the left of the MC2 filters, should be changed more frequently to extend the life of the MC2 filters. We recommend every 3-4 months.       Insurice Triple PF i4000(2) System w/ 20″ Prefilter For water filtration on ice machines, sometimes it can be difficult knowing when to change the filters, especially if you see no difference in the ice. But even if the ice is fine, deep inside the machine inches of scale can be forming and ruining your machine. That’s why it is important to keep a filter change out schedule. We recommend every 6 months or however many gallons are specified on the water filters. For the system pictured to the left, the Insurice Triple PF i4000(2), change those filters every 36,000 gallons of use. Again, changing the prefilter will give your primary cartridges longer life. You should also replace your water filters whenever you notice a decline in performance, whether it is a drop in flow rate and/or pressure, or an unusual taste in the water. You should also, per the CDC, replace your water filter after any boil water advisory alert is lifted in your area. Remember: taste and odor may tip you off to the presence of chlorine in your water, but most contaminants are tasteless and odorless. For the benefit of our customers, we have set-up automatic electronic reminders that are sent when we see that their filters are due to be replaced, based on order history.  We can even set-up Auto-Ship for customers that know they will need water filters by a certain date, but may not remember to place an order. If you have a water filter or filter model not included in the list above, and have a question regarding how often you should replace your filter, I invite you to submit a question below or call our team at 1-800-942-7873. Click here to ask us a question!

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Coke Freestyle and Everpure!

Ever since Coca-Cola came out with their new Freestyle Coke Machine, we’ve been getting call after call on Everpure’s CLM filtration systems! WHY? Because Everpure CLM has recently been validated by a third party lab to meet the tccc specifications for point of use filtration systems for the Freestyle machines! Hooray!! Being an Everpure master distributor, we are proud to carry this line of CLM water filter systems. But why the CLM line? What is CLM? I’m glad you asked! CLM is short for chloramine. As you might know, chloramine is a chemical compound made by reacting ammonia with the active ingredient in chlorine bleach. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, chloramines provide better protection against bacterial regrowth in water system. But chloramines can still effect the taste and odor of your water and can cause, through time, damage to your water applications. The specifications for the Coke Freestyle machine requires all taste and odor to be removed, the chlorine/chloramine levels to be less then 0.5 ppm, and sediment removal. Everpure’s CLM line meets all the filtration requirements for the Freestyle machine. It reduces chloramines, chlorine and other offensive contaminants that can adversely effect the taste and odor of the beverage. It’s sub-micron technology reduces dirt and particles 1/2 micron in size.  It improves the taste of fountain beverages and helps retain the drink’s carbonation. Have you ever received a complaint that your soda taste flat? Well, here’s your solution! The CLM line also protects your drink system’s seals, pump, tubing and small orifices from clogging, corrosion and abrasive wear. It is also NSF certified under NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 53. The CLM line comes in single, twin, triple and quad systems. We also have systems with a pre-filtration option. So if you are apart of a restaurant using a Coca-cola Freestyle machine or you currently service a Freestyle machine, contact us today for more information on Everpure’s CLM line and how we can help you. You can also check out our CLM line on our website! Click here: EVERPURE’S CLM LINE!

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Water Filtration System in a Straw

LifeStraw makes previously contaminated water drinkable by removing bacteria and viruses. Sometimes, it’s the simplest technologies that have the greatest potential impact on people’s lives. Take the Vestergaard Frandsen Group’s mobile personal filtration system, otherwise known as LifeStraw. It is a powder-blue plastic tube—much thicker than an ordinary straw—containing filters that make water teeming with typhoid-,cholera- and diarrhea-causing microorganisms drinkable. Now, to be clear, we do not sell this item…yet. We just love to report what’s going on out there in the water purification world. The filters, made up of a halogenated resin, kill nearly 100 percent of bacteria and nearly 99 percent of the viruses that pass through LifeStraw. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill evaluation tested the device’s performance in water containing Escherichia coli B and Enterococcus faecalisbacteria and the MS2 coliphage virus as well as iodine and silver. The results indicated that LifeStraw filtered out all contaminants to levels where they don’t pose a health risk to someone drinking the water.
But the device does not filter heavy metals such as iron or fluoride nor does it remove parasites like cryptosporidium or giardia, although the Switzerland-based company’s CEO, Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, says there is a version of LifeStraw available to relief groups in Bangladesh and India that can filter arsenic. At less than 10 inches (25 centimeters) long, the device can filter up to 185 gallons (700 liters) of water, estimated to be about a year’s supply for one person. The device is no longer usable when its filters become too clogged to pass water through, typically after a year of hard use.
The success of the personal filtration system led Vestergaard Frandsen to introduce earlier this month its LifeStraw Family device, an instant microbiological purifier that provides about 2.6 gallons (10 liters) of safe drinking water in an hour and about 4,000 gallons (15,000 liters) over its life span for a family of six. LifeStraw Family is designed to sieve dirt, parasites, bacteria and viruses, and will be available starting in May. Larry Greenemeier www.scientificamerican.com

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FilterPure- Filtered Water for your Pet!

Pets and filtered water…we know silly, right? Well, pets can still be harmed by the contaminants in the unfiltered water just as humans can!
Tap water can especially pose risks if it is high in iron, magnesium, or nitrates and these contaminants can cause health issues for your furry companion, which any pet owner knows can get extremely expensive! Our “safe” water should be shared with our pets in order to ensure the removal of potentially sickness-causing organisms or metal from being ingested by their sensitive tummies.
Don’t think of feeding your pet’s filtered water as them getting spoiled. Think of it as you making the smart and health-conscious choice to safeguard your pet’s wellbeing. They will notice the difference too! Eliminating the bad taste and odor from your animal’s water will help to promote their drinking more, yet another health benefit. Providing them fresh, filtered, oxygen-rich, cool water will give you peace of mind and will leave them feeling better both physically and mentally.
Show your pet some love by giving them filtered drinking water. It may feel funny at first, but we know how much you love your pet and they’ll be better for it! After all, don’t we all deserve a little pampering? Shop at FilterPure today to treat your pet to better and more delicious tasting water! Our variety of brands, sizes and fittings leaves you plenty of options in deciding how you want to filter your water. Have questions about filters and filtration processes for you or your pet? We are happy to help! Call 1-800-942-7873 and get your questions answered.
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The Pirate Wins!!!!

After weeks of customers, employees, and even our mail man voting on who’s the most creative pumpkin, it’s time to count up the votes and find out who the winner is!

Drum role, please!!!    And the winner is…..   Vince Paglino’s Pirate!!!!!!!!  IMG_3550

 Congratulations Vince! He received a $20 gift card to Carrabba’s Italian Grill! Everyone is already starting to think of what they will do next year!!

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SAVE MONEY FROM FILTERED WATER!

Think of all the things you currently want right now. Maybe it is a new t-shirt, a fancy dinner out, or even a mini vacation? What if we told you we know how you can obtain those things quicker than you think by saving significant money where you didn’t think possible? By switching from bottled water to home water filtration, you will notice a fast, easy and impactful transition into a more economic and environmentally sound way of life. Sounds good, right? Because it is!

Why Go To the “Trouble”, You Ask?

  • Home water filtration offers better quality water than bottled.
  • Home water filtration is 1/10th the cost of bottled.
  • Home water filtration is far more convenient, offering “Pure water on tap.”
  • Home water filtration is virtually pollution free.

According to waterfiltercomparisons.com, over 60,000,000 plastic bottles a day are disposed of in U.S. landfills from bottled water use! That is a lot of wasted plastic and resources. It takes three times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it. Not to mention the pollution from transporting heavy loads of bottled water all over the World. Talk about an oxymoron! H2O, a vital and necessary component to keep us healthy is also polluting our environment and depleting our valuable resources – the madness! The reality is that people pay from $1 to $4 a gallon for the perception of higher quality, when in fact; the quality of bottled water is at best an unknown. We never truly see our water coming from the pristine aquifers it is said to originate. Instead we go off blind faith that it is the truth. Let’s start using our blind faith in a slightly different manner and trusting in Home water purification. Home water purification is by far the most economical, most convenient and most effective way of producing high quality, healthy water. By filtering out the chlorine, lead and other contaminants, home water filtration systems are the best way to know for sure about the quality of your drinking water. It’s also the most economical and the most environmentally responsible. It’s the right choice. Shop FilterPure today to begin your economic and environmental switch to being cleaner, healthier and richer! Our wide variety of premium water filters have made us leaders of the industry and have received national exposure. Whatever your filtration needs, you can trust FilterPure to deliver a sparkling clear solution!