Asbestos is one of many contaminants in public drinking water. As our infrastructure ages and pipes corrode, these materials may seep into your home or office’s water taps.
Lung cancer and fibrosis can result from asbestos ingestion. You must filter asbestos from your drinking water to protect yourself, your family, and your friends.
Reverse osmosis systems
Reverse osmosis systems filter water contaminants with a semi-permeable membrane. Bacteria, viruses, pesticides, nitrates, chlorine, and lead are filtered out by 99%.
Remineralization filters add healthy minerals to water to balance pH and improve flavor in some reverse osmosis systems. These may be worth the investment if you drink or cook with unfiltered water often.
When choosing a filtration system, equipment cost and maintenance are crucial. More filtration stages, better waste ratios, and longer lifespans may come with a more expensive RO system.
The EPA sets an acceptable level for total dissolved solids in drinking water. Still, many RO systems reduce chemical content, including per and polyfluorinated substances. (PFAS). They’re good for health and the environment.
Countertop or under-sink filters
An under-sink filter is ideal if you don’t have room for a countertop filter. They install under your sink and connect directly to the cold water line for clean, refreshing water from your faucet.
For families that need filtered water all day, these systems may be worth the extra cost. These units also have more filtration stages and are easier to install than countertop models.
Chromium, lead, and many under-sink filters can remove chlorine. They also reduce odors and improve taste while removing VOCs, pesticides, and herbicides. For added assurance, some under-sink filters are NSF-certified.
Whole-house filtration systems
Whole-house filtration may be the best option for asbestos-contaminated water. Before entering faucets, toilets, and appliances, these filters filter all water entering your home from the main water line.
Chlorine, lead, iron, and other heavy metals are removed from water by whole-house filtration systems. It tastes better and may prevent pipe clogs, extending the life of your plumbing.
Reverse osmosis (RO) and carbon-based filters remove contaminants. RO filters cost more and require more maintenance than carbon-based filters, but they can filter more particles.
Soap scum and hard water discolor bathrooms and kitchens, but a whole-house filtration system can remove them. It also extends the appliance’s lifespan, saving you money.
NSF-certified filters remove contaminants from tap water, making them ideal for homeowners. These filters have a long warranty and are easy to install.
NSF is a non-profit public health organization that sets and enforces food, water, and product standards. Lead and asbestos exposure is reduced by 98% with NSF-certified filters.
Visit the manufacturer’s website to verify filter certification. Under the product name, NSF or WQA search pages are usually linked.
NSF-certified filters are the only ones allowed to claim chlorine reduction. If eaten or absorbed through the skin, chlorine, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs) can cause bladder cancer.