No matter what type of filtration system you have for your water, be prepared and have some replacement water filter cartridges on hand. As contaminants and sediment get filtered out of the water, they collect on the filter leaving less “filtering area”. This is why, over time, your filter becomes less efficient. As time goes on, it filters less and less stuff out of the water and eventually will not filter anything at all.
If you are serious about clean water, you’ll want to be sure to keep replacement filter cartridges on hand so that you can replace the filter right away when needed and not have to wait until you can make a trip to the store. This will ensure you always have clean water on hand.
Replacement water filter cartridges are different depending on the type of filter you have. Read the information on the packaging of your filter as this will give you a general idea of how often to replace the filter – typically 3 to 6 months. However, the need for replacement is directly related to the amount of water that has gone through the filter, as well as how many contaminants have been filtered. So the guidelines on the package are just that – general guidelines. If you use more water that the average family or your water is of very poor quality, you may need to replace the filters sooner.
Replacing your water filter should be a part of your household maintenance regimen. Just like replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors, you should schedule a check every 3 months or so. Many water filters have some sort of automatic gizmo that will alert you as to when the filter needs to be replaced – make it a habit to check this and act accordingly.
Sometimes replacement water filter cartridges can be difficult to find. Often, you may spend frustrating day searching your local stores to get the cartridges for your model of filter. Why does it always seem that when you buy it, there are tons of cartridges for it everywhere, but 6 months later, when you need one, there are none to be found? Better stock up on cartridges when you find them – that way you’ll be sure to have an ample supply!