There are many different types of water filtration products available,
so at Direct Water Filters we understand that for those new to the world of
filtered water, it can be quite difficult to understand which products are best
suited to meet your needs. That’s why we’ve created this helpful little guide
so you can quickly find out which filters are the best water filters for you.
While the ultimate goal is to make your water clean and
safe, there are a lot of different products out there that work in different
ways to remove different contaminates. When people talk about water filters,
they talk about them as being in two major categories: Point-of-Use (POU) under
sink systems that supply one tap or shower/bath and Point-of-Entry (POE) whole
house systems for all the water entering your home. Here’s how the two types
Point-of-Use (POU) systems filter your water right where you
need it most, they are small in size and are designed for low flow rates. That
could be an under sink system connected to an individual tap, or direct
connection to a bath or shower.
Point-of-Entry (POE) water filtration systems are also known
as “whole house” systems because they filter all the water that comes into your
home or business. These systems are designed to treat higher flow rates and
volumes of water and are attach to the mains water feed where the water enters
your home and filter all of it before it reaches any sinks or showers.
What type of water filtration system is best? This is no
right or wrong answer, whatever suits your needs and budget. If you just want
to improve the drinking water from your kitchen tap, then a POU system will
probably do the trick. If you have a private water supply with troubled water
or you just want better water to both drink and bath in throughout your home, a
POE whole house system might be the better choice for you.
Hard water & Lime scale
One of the biggest problems we face in the UK is hard water,
If you live in a hard water area then there’s every chance you are all too
familiar with limescale. Limescale is the chalky off-white crust that lurks
inside your kettle and boiler and stains your surfaces. When water evaporates,
it leaves behind calcium carbonate deposits these dissolved minerals like
calcium and magnesium build up on any surfaces that hard water is in contact
with and can accumulate quickly. Unfortunately, limescale loves to stick to
limescale and these deposits are tough to get rid of as well as being unsightly
on your Toilet, Taps, Sink, and have a damaging effect on your Showers, Kettle,
Coffee machine, Washing machines, Dishwashers and on and on… Limescale can be
controlled by either removing it by filtration or water softener or
‘sequestration’ an Anti-scale filter system where the limescale cannot built
(stick) to itself or surfaces and is flushed away.
Lead in drinking water
Lead is a dangerous. Lead is a toxic metal that is harmful
to human health, which can cause serious poisoning if it builds up in the body.
There is NO safe level for lead exposure. Babies and young children are most at
risk as their development can be affected. If the water supply to a home or
business passes through lead pipes, or someone has used illegal lead solder to
join pipes, the lead can dissolve into the drinking water. Direct Water Filters
sell a range of filtration that will remove Lead from your drinking water.
Private water supplies
We recommend that a water sample is taken from your own
private water supply and analysed under laboratory conditions. Analysis of the
water sample will determine the water quality and level of bacteriological
and/or chemical contamination. We offer advice on how to interpret your water
test results and which systems specification you need for your home and flow rate.
We also strongly advise that a full water analysis is obtained. We can then use
the analysis to establish the best water filtration system necessary so that it
meets Drinking Water Standards.
Maybe your water does not have bacteriological contamination
when it is tested, but we strongly recommend the minimum filtration to install
is an Ultra Violet (UV) system and a sediment filtration system. This sediment
filter ensures any small particles are removed enabling the UV system to work
We offer a full range of water treatment systems which
include: Turbidity (sediment) reduction, pH correction, Hardness reduction
(softener), Nitrate reduction, Heavy metal reduction, Lead reduction, Iron,
Manganese & Hydrogen Sulphide reduction,
Organic compound reduction and many more.
Chemicals, Hormones & Endocrine Disruptors
Endocrine disruptor chemicals – EDCs are chemicals which
mimic oestrogen or other important hormones in humans and in wildlife. They can
cause endocrine disruptive effects at exposure levels up to a million times
lower than carcinogen exposure levels of concern. Disruption may occur in
various ways, Some chemicals my mimic natural hormones which “fools” the body
in either over-responding or under-responding to the stimulus at the wrong time,
others may block the effects of hormones. Scientists around the world soon
realised that pharmaceutical products posed a new environmental pollution.
Pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and clinics, even households are not
innocent. Many unused medicines are disposed of via toilets, contaminating
sewage systems. Not all ingested medicines taken by humans are always
metabolised completely by the body. The rest passes through and is flushed down
the toilet and ends up in sewage systems. Sewage wastewater is treated before
it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. A portion of this water is
treated at drinking water treatment plants and distributed to consumers, but
most treatments do not remove all drug residue. Ingredients such as antibiotics,
antidepressants, birth control pills, cancer tablets, tranquilizers, analgesics
and hormones were found in various concentrations in water around the world.
Other Chemicals In Your Drinking, Bathing, And Laundry
There are lots of harmful chemicals that can contaminate
your home’s water supply. Generally speaking, you can find chemicals such as
liquefied chlorine, Fluor silicic acid, aluminium sulphate, calcium hydroxide,
and sodium silico fluoride in our water. These chemicals are added to make sure
that the water is safe to drink, however key scientists are now providing
evidence that long-term ingestion of chemicals used to treat tap water could be
causing some major health concerns. Additionally, there are also the concerns
regarding underground pipes used to transport water, many of which have been in
use since the Victorian times.
However, perhaps one of the more frightening chemicals that
is sometimes found in our water supply is Fluoride. Approximately 10% of the
UK’s water supply is fluoridated, despite the fact that fluoridation of water
is banned in all other European countries. Whilst this chemical is a fantastic
ingredient when used in hygiene products like mouthwash or toothpaste (products
which you should not swallow), it’s important to remember that fluoride is more
toxic than lead. In fact, fluoride is used as a pesticide to kill insects and
rats. According to information on fluoridealert.org “tens of millions of people
throughout China and India suffer from serious crippling bone diseases from
drinking water with elevated levels of fluoride”.
In order to protect your home’s supply of drinking, bathing,
and laundry water from harmful chemicals, you need an under sink water filter
or a whole house water filtration system. These water filter systems ensure
that your entire home’s water supply is clean and contaminant free.
Filter Your Home’s Water Supply With Direct Water Filters;
Make An Enquiry Today
With such a diverse selection of different filtration
products to choose from, we understand if you’re feeling spoiled for choice and
you’re not such which product is the best water filter for your needs.
If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please give
our team a call on +44 (0) 1604 947 839. We are open Mon-Thurs 09:00-17:00 and
Fridays 09:00-15:00. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our team online
by filling out the enquiry form on our Contact Us page.
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