Water filtration

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Nebbiolo, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Nebbiolo

    Nebbiolo New Member

    Chicago, IL

    I am building a new home and cofused about how I want to filter my water.

    We have Chicago water from Lake Michigan. I would like to remove the chlorine.

    On some other forums, I read that using a whole house filter to remove chlorine could cause bio slime in some runs of pipe that are not used frquestly (to outdoor house bibs in the winter, basement slop sinks, etc). Is this a real concern? If so, should I just filter the water where I want to drink it?

    If I filter the kitchen water only, can I use one inline filter that will filter the kitchen sink and ice maker, but not require a special faucet at the sink? Does the filter have to be a large tank under my sink or is there something smaller that I could place in the line in the basement?

    I have tried to search for the answers, but haven't really found anything.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Peanut9199

    Peanut9199 Customer Service Manager Plumbing Wholesale

    Ontario, Canada
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Usually the easiest place to install it, AND maintain it, is in the line between the valve at the wall and the faucet's inlet.
  4. Jean Luc

    Jean Luc New Member

    Yes, I would just use the inline filter if I want to filter only certain areas. The "whole house" carbon system filter can be used to get the chlorine out in general but find one thats easy to maintain.
  5. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    northfork, california
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2010
  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    San Diego
    In my opinion, whole houes dechlorination is not a good idea. You can get things growing in ALL the pipes. Use a point of use filter for drinking/cooking, icemaker. If skin allergies is an issue, you can get a shower head chlorine filter.
  7. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    northfork, california
    I agree with point of use, but so many of us on well water have never used chlorine and our pipes are clean and remain so.

    I chlorinate perhaps once every 5 or 7 years or when I open the cap for some reason, and of course very seriously when drilled [which so many do not] , and when you open my toilet tanks they are still clean porcelin without any colors.
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