A whole house water filter protects water treatment equipment. Occasionally debris or iron in your water supply creates an issue by entering your water treatment equipment. To reduce the chances of this happening a pre-filter can be installed before your water softener to catch sediment and/or iron.
Sediment pre-filters are rated in microns. The micron rating refers to the sediment size that the filter will capture. Typically a 30 to 50 micron filter is best for household applications. These types of whole house water filters will be able to catch debris, but still allow normal flow of water through the filter. With a smaller rated micron filter, these filters need to be changed more often, plug up with sediment faster, and often decrease the household water pressure.
Every application is different in the length of time a pre-filter should be changed. Depending on the amount of sediment entering the home, 1-4 months is, on average, the time frame between changes.
Signs your pre-filter should be changed:
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