The Pre Sediment Filter sits before the filtration system and captures larger sediment before entering the filtration system.
What is A Sediment Pre Filter?
Sediment: material carried in water that settles to the bottom, such as silt, dust, rust, clay, sand, etc.
Sediment Filter: A filter system tapped into a home or business water line to remove sediment from the water entering that location.
Different systems employ several types of pre-filters to assist their primary filtration system in a home. Primarily, they are broken down into two basic categories:
Contaminate Pre-Filters or Sediment Pre-Filters.
The purpose of a pre-filter is to protect the primary, more sensitive filtration system from damage from harsher elements that can be quickly filtered out ahead of time.
Much like a charcoal filter placed on the intake of a home air purifier, a bacterial pre-filter for a water system prevents contaminants from even entering the system. Pre-filters on house water filter systems are also usually easy to access for easy installation and quick maintenance.
The second type of filter system, and the one that matters most with an AquaOx system, is the sediment pre-filter. A sediment pre-filter is critical for fine-tuned systems to ensure years of use without replacement. By filtering out all of the silt and other organic materials carried in the water system, it preserves the quality of the filtration system for years.
The AquaOx Atlas Pre Sediment Filter System has an easy drain that lets you empty the sediment buildup with a simple switch, meaning that even if you have a well that allows a lot of silt buildup or heavy rainfall has washed up sediment into the system, you will be able to empty it and let it return to full function quickly.
Why Are Sediment Pre Filters Important?
Whether or not you have chosen to add a filter to your house for contaminates such as sulfur and chlorine, a sediment pre-filter can add life to your appliances, your plumbing, and even the shirt you are wearing right now. Hard organic materials in your water supply are tough on the entire system in your home, and filtering them out is essential if you don’t want to be out thousands of dollars in new water heaters, dishwashers, and trousers.
Keep Filter From Degrading
By preventing your filters from dealing with heavy, undissolved materials, you prevent wear and tear to the fine layers of filtration materials. AquaOx uses a five media system, and water, as well as the dirt and silt present in it, spends a lot of time in that filter.
Reduce Unpleasant Odor and Color
Often rust and silt strongly influence the color and smell of your water, so having an extra layer of protection to reduce sediment in your water is beneficial. The carbon filter is made to fix the odor and taste of your water, but the sediment pre filter helps prevent clogging and removes larger particles that would keep the system from working at peak performance.
Remove Large Sediments
Larger bits of sediment create the problem of a clogged water filter system. Getting mud, clay, silt, gravel, rust, and dirt into the actual filters can cause damage over just a few months, and make your system much less effective for producing the perfect drinking water you’re looking for. A sediment pre-filter is an easy and quick protection method for the finer system.
Retain the Brightness of Clothing
Iron and rust can badly stain and discolor your laundry if they come from your water source. I lived for years in a rural home with a well with only a basic filtration system, and our laundry was perpetually grayed no matter what detergents we used. The sediment and minerals in the groundwater were destroying our wardrobes over time.
Prevent Damage to Appliances
Your washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, and even your irrigation system are all susceptible to damage from significant bits of sediment. Even without generating clogs, sediment can scratch and wear the inside of your water lines, and the finer hoses of intricate systems are more susceptible to this.
Do I Need a Sediment Pre Filter With Whole House Water Filter Systems?
Suspended solids may be invisible to the naked eye, but they are almost always in unfiltered water. While adding another system when you have installed an expensive system to your home may seem like an annoyance, (The Atlas is FREE with the purchase of the AquaOx whole house filter!) sediment pre filters protect your whole house water filter from early failure.
The carbon filter in the AquaOx system also uses four other types of media – not just carbon.
Centaur Catalytic Adsorptive Carbon
Activated Coconut Shell Carbon
Your water will spend 3x as long in the filtration system as in most other systems, and dust, debris, sand, and silt will not get through, but they can do lasting damage that cuts down significantly on the life of your filter. When you have gone to the trouble of installing a whole house filter system, it’s worth keeping it at peak performance.
How to Remove Sediment from Well Water
If you are on a rural well, sediment can pose a significant risk to your plumbing and appliances. While chlorine isn’t an issue with rural well water, you still want to avoid your appliances, piping, and even your laundry being at risk because of the dirt, silt, and heavy minerals in your water.
A sediment pre-filter is a significant first step for removing these contaminates from your housing water system. Most pre-filters will filter by micron size, filtering out a size range of 5 micron to 100 microns to reduce sediment.
A sediment pre-filter does not deal with all of the sediment, and especially if your well is pulling from ground water with significant taste and color issues, you will need a whole house system to remove it.
Do I Need a Sediment Filter For City Water?
Most city water does not need to go through a Sediment filter system before entering your home since municipalities treat and filter the water to keep their systems from clogging and shutting down. However, disturbances in the water system, such as broken lines or heavy rains, can cause city water to have sediment issues. Adding a sediment pre filter is a good idea to protect your carbon filter system.
The carbon-based whole house water filter system that you are installing for your city water won’t need to have its filters replaced very often, as the AquaOx is rated for 20 years of continuous use. Still, in order to cash in on that extra performance quality and lifespan, you need to protect the intricate 5 Media Filter from even unlikely damage from silt and dirt.
Having a sediment pre-filter installed with your whole house water filter system will improve your system’s overall performance and lifespan.
Water filters that are easy to install and have all the options you need for clean, pure, delicious water are not easy to find. Now that you’ve spent your hard-earned money to choose the perfect water filtration product, you want to see the results that show your commitment to water that has the best taste you’ve ever experienced.
Make sure to explore all of AquaOx’s systems and products before you go to checkout. Our filter is unparalleled in the market, with a soaring review from each of our customers. The process is worth the effort for your health, and the easy-to-install system will have rewards for you every time you pour a glass of water straight from your tap.