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Do I Need A Chloramine Filter?


Water Treatment PlantEvery few years, something new finds its way into our drinking water, causing confusion at best and justifiable panic at worst.

Fortunately, most of what we hear about is nowhere near the levels that we saw recently in West Virginia (ie a severe MCHM contamination incident from earlier this year.)  Even the recent finding of E. Coli in New York City, while horrifying and inexcusable, represents an issue that can be treated fairly easily once discovered.

In speaking to our customers, an impurity that is coming up more frequently is chloramine.  While certainly not a new disinfectant, the use of chloramine as a disinfectant of choice over chlorine is becoming more common in larger cities, including Los Angeles.  This is due in large part to chloramine’s stability, making it more effective at disinfection when water must travel longer distances.

Without a doubt, chloramine is an interesting disinfectant.  Formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to treat drinking water, is both a more stable and weaker disinfectant than chlorine.  While weaker, it is up to ten times harder to reduce from water, especially with a basic carbon water filter.  Chloramine will also not effectively boil out of water or dissipate, as can be counted on with chlorine.

As is common, because the addition of chloramine in water is not always fully understood or fully communicated, it’s a cause for concern that we see driving some of our purchases.  And while we are happy to offer you a chloramine filter that will help to meet your needs, our goal is not to sell you something that you simply do not need – especially as a chloramine filter will typically cost you more out of pocket.

Safe Treated Drinking Water From TapSo before investing in a more expensive water filter than you are accustomed to, review the ten questions below to see if upgrading to reduce chloramine is something you truly need.  You may also call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458 if you have any additional questions:

1. Why are water companies putting chloramine in water?
In referencing the story above, that shares more about the recent switch to chloramine in Los Angeles, most municipalities and water companies see chloramine as a safer alternative to chlorine as it remains more effective over long distances and ensures less risk of toxic Disinfection By-Products (DBPs.)  As such, using chloramine as a water disinfectant has been deemed a safer alternative whether your water will be consumed by humans or animals, with some exceptions discussed below.

Illinois American Water shares that despite this being a new disinfectant in many areas, cities throughout the US and Canada have used chloramine for decades.  Denver, Colorado, in fact, has used it since 1917.  Everpure, a brand we are proud to carry at our online store here, shares that 25% of the largest public water supplies in the US are using this disinfectant.

2. Is MY water company putting chloramine in MY water?
The answer to this depends upon whether your municipality or water company reached out to you to share that they’d be making the switch to chloramine as a disinfectant.  If not, it’s possible that they’ve used it for years.  If this is the case, this information will be available either on your local water company’s website or by calling them directly.

3. Were you contacted by your water company regarding overuse of chloramine?
As with any other incident impacting your water, your municipality or water company is required to inform you if you are at a health risk from your drinking water, whether due to a contaminant that can be boiled out or an impurity that risks impacting taste or odor.  If your municipality has not issued any such alert, you are likely not at a high risk of chloramine contamination in your home, and would likely not need to invest in a chloramine filter.

4. If you have been contacted by your water company regarding overuse of chloramine, is this the first time or just the latest time?
On the other hand, if your water company has contacted you several times regarding the overuse of chloramine, it may be time to invest in a water filter or filtration system that puts your mind a bit more at ease.  Whether this means you’ve been warned just one time or several times is a matter of personal opinion.

Safe Shower Water5. Have you noticed a much heavier chlorine taste and odor in your water?
As much as we always like to give local municipalities and water companies the benefit of the doubt, there have been some troubling instances where drinking water alerts were sent out late (the recent E. Coli contamination incident in Portland comes to immediate mind.)

If your drinking water smells and tastes like a swimming pool, it is definitely worth placing a quick call to your water company if you haven’t received any alert.

6. What health effects does overuse of chloramine cause?
Fundamentally, the levels at which chloramine is used to treat municipal water is safe, as is any other type of similar disinfectant.  It’s certainly safer than virtually anything you’ll find in untreated water, including any number of harmful bacteria.

Illinois American Water shares:
“Everyone can drink water that’s chloraminated because the digestive process neutralizes the chloramines before they reach the bloodstream.  It’s only when water interacts directly with the bloodstream that chloramines must be removed.

Note that it’s this direct contact with bloodstream that makes chloraminated water dangerous for fish or dialysis patients, rather than those just drinking chloraminated water.  Even treating a cut with chloraminated water would not result in virtually any chloramine finding its way into your bloodstream.

In the event that you are exposed to higher than safe levels of chloramine, the EPA reports health effects including a stinging in the eyes or nose, stomach discomfort and dry, itchy skin.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned that it may be due to exposure, call a doctor first.  Check-in with your water company, and consider a water test kit and chloramine filter next.

TK-2 Culligan Water Test Kit7. Have you tested your water?
Chloramine is fairly easy to detect in water.  You can use a $7 Culligan water test kit, found on our site and pictured, to effectively determine whether or not there are higher than safe levels of this disinfectant in your drinking water.  If needed, we can even ship this out for you overnight.

8. Is anyone living in your home a kidney dialysis patient?
As stated by Illinois American Water:

In the dialysis process, water comes in contact with the blood across a permeable membrane. Chloramines in that water would be toxic, just as chlorine is toxic, and must be removed from water used in kidney dialysis machines.

In other words, yes, those that live with kidney dialysis patients need to take special precaution when it comes to chloramine.  However, these patients need to take the same precaution when it comes to chlorine, making a switch in the disinfectant used by a municipality more of a lateral shift as far as their habits are concerned.

All kidney dialysis patients should consult with their physician on the most appropriate water treatment or filter options, whether due to chloramine or any other water contamination or disinfection issue.Filter Chloramines Out of Aquarium Water

9. Do you have an aquarium?
Similar to dialysis patients, any disinfectant used in water will come into contact with a fish’s bloodstream, making filtration critical for those with more expensive aquarium set-ups.

If you have or are thinking about investing in an aquarium, we recommend researching the information that your local water company makes available to see what disinfectants are used, or asking your local aquarium shop if you should invest in a whole house or chloramine filter.

10. Are you a home brewer?
In researching the topic of chloramine, and specifically whether or not you need to employ a chloramine filter, you’ll find a lot of content from the aquarium and home brewing communities.

Use Best Judgment Before Investing In Chloramine Filter For Home BrewingWith the home brewing community, the issue comes down to whether or not chloramine causes taste issues, particularly as this disinfectant is difficult to reduce using standard methods such as trusting a carbon filter or boiling.

More Beer puts it most effectively in stating:
If your water district is changing over to chloramination, or if you’re moving to a chloraminated-water area, you may be wondering how you can get chloramines out of your brew water. First, however, you should ascertain whether chloramines really are a problem. Does your beer have off-flavors? If you can’t taste anything and are not a trained taster, have it tasted by someone who is. If you aren’t getting the medicinal or plastic-like taste of chlorophenols in your beer, don’t worry about removing chloramines.

If you’ve come this far and determined that a chloramine filter is needed in your home, your options would include:CRFC-BB Pentek Chloramine Reduction Water Filter

Whether or not you need a chloramine filter will primarily come down to how sensitive you are to the smell and taste of disinfectant, rather than any health related issues.  That said, this is small comfort if you are among those most sensitive to this type of water issue.  It’s also small comfort to those of you suffering through legitimate issues with chloramine contamination.

After reading this, if you feel as though a chloramine filter is right for your home, please review the products above for the right fit.  I also invite you to call our customer service team with any questions at 1-800-277-3458.

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Support Mark Ruffalo’s Fight For Clean Water & Win A Trip To The Avengers 2 Set


Help Mark Ruffalo Support Clean WaterAs an Academy-Award nominated actor, and as part of the ensemble making up arguably the world’s most popular superhero franchise to date, Mark Ruffalo is in a unique position to support causes that will make our world a better place.  Fortunately for us, he has chosen to stand for an issue both close to the heart of DiscountFilterStore.com and critical to our world as a whole:  clean water. Continue reading

Well Water Maintenance Checklist: Spring Edition


Making Well Water Safe to DrinkOfficially, spring started a few weeks ago.  But in our Edina, MN headquarters, more than half a foot of fresh snow would disagree.

Fortunately, for those of you that use well water, this means that you’re not too late to get the spring season off on the right foot!

Below, find your well water maintenance checklist to help you prepare for the arrival of the real spring:

1. Test Your Well Water
In spring, as snow run-off starts to flow and organic matter starts to decompose, your well can become a parking lot for all sorts of nasty impurities.  Knowing what type of impurities you are dealing with doesn’t just protect your own peace of mind, it can protect the health of everyone living in your home.

Fortunately, several counties and townships will offer you help with this maintenance step by providing quick and accurate well water testing services.  These testing services often include complete laboratory analysis and can be had for a reasonable fee.  An example of services offered in Washington County, Minnesota may be found here.

WaterSafe Well Water Test KitYou can also conduct your own testing via do-it-yourself well water test kits, including the kit from Well Safe pictured to the left, that you can find for sale at our online store.

2. Check Your Pressure Gauges
Installing a pressure gauge inline before and after your well water filter housings is an invaluable maintenance step that can help you more quickly get your well ready for spring and more easily monitor your water quality throughout the year.

By monitoring your pressure closely with a gauge, an example of which we’ve included below, any noticeable water pressure drop will be displayed.  Our advice? When you see a 10 to 15PSI loss of pressure, whether the calendar says spring, fall or anytime in between, it’s time to change your well water filters.

Tier1 Pressure Gauge3. Sanitize!
Put bluntly, well water can get a little funky.  Sometimes this means the presence of harmful bacteria while other times it simply means an unpleasant but ultimately innocuous sulfur or egg smell.  Whether or not testing reveals the presence of harmful pathogens, doesn’t mean your well water maintenance checklist should skip over sanitation.

Using a DIY well water sanitizer in the spring can help eliminate harmful bacteria that can have an impact on your health, in addition to unpleasant odors that can have an impact on your quality of life.

4. Stock Up on O-rings and Lubricant
O-rings are the most inexpensive part of a water filtration set up, but also one of the most costly items to not have if something goes wrong.  Occasionally an O-ring may burst or even get crushed by improper re-installation of water filters (trust us, it happens.)

Having extra O-rings and O-ring lubricant on-hand will allow you to stop any potential leaks and/or get your system back online quickly without having to make an emergency call to your plumber.   Note that most manufacturers recommend replacing O-rings once per year. 3M Filtrete Whole House Filtration System O-Rings

5. Replace Your Well Water Filters
Many manufacturers of whole house filtration systems recommend a three month replacement time for sediment filters, 6 month replacement time for carbon filters and two year replacement time for reverse osmosis membranes.  As always, this will depend on the water quality in your well and water usage in your home.

Depending on the well water maintenance and filter replacement schedule you’ve established for yourself, you may not need to replace every filter you are currently using when the calendar strikes spring.  But trust us on this one, getting yourself onto a seasonal well water filter replacement schedule will make your life that much easier.  That said…

 6. Update Your Calendar
…even the best of us have trouble adhering to seasonal schedules or even remembering the last time we changed our water filters.  Adding quick notes to your calendar, reminding you of the next time you need to replace your filters, can only help.

Once you have all the products you need, including test kits, O-rings and well water filters, the well water maintenance steps above shouldn’t take you more than an afternoon to complete.  When it comes to the quality of your drinking water, this is time well spent.

What other well water maintenance steps do you take to get ready for spring? Leave a comment below and we’ll add to a future checklist.  Also, if you have questions on any of the steps or products lists above, please feel free to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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5 Films About Overcoming Water Contamination To Prep You For Oscar Sunday


86th Academey AwardsWhether you are reading this just before or just after this Sunday’s Oscar telecast, chances are you are in the mood to spend some time with an important, award-worthy film.  And what could be more important than overcoming some type of adversity?

At DiscountFilterStore.com, we are passionate about overcoming – or better yet, preventing – water contamination from impacting the lives of our customers.  With that, please see a list of five films below about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary odds in their quest to protect clean drinking water for all:

Erin Brockovich1. Erin Brockovich – Perhaps the gold standard when it comes to films about the fight against water contamination, Erin Brockovich is the true story an ordinary woman leading the charge against a billion-dollar power company accused of polluting the drinking water in a California community.  Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich won Julia Roberts her first Academy Award for Best Actress.

Bonus points for the real-life Erin Brockovich being one of the more vocal advocates on behalf of West Virginia residents still struggling through an unprecedented chemical spill and water contamination incident.

2. A Civil Action – starring multiple Oscar nominees and winners, including John Travolta, William H. Macy, John Lithgow and James Gandolfini, A Civil Action shares the story of a lawyer, played by Travolta, that takes a case on behalf of families whose health is being impacted by water contamination caused by a large leather company.  A Civil Action earned Oscar winner Robert Duvall his 6th nomination.

Promised Land3. Promised Land – Starring Water.org co-founder Matt Damon, Promised Land is an under-rated film about the dangers that the practice of fracking pose to small towns throughout America.  For those unfamiliar, fracking is the practice of blasting pressurized water into the ground to extract oil or natural gas.  For those unfamiliar with some of the potential side effects of fracking, spend a few minutes watching this flaming faucet video shared by Time.

4. The Crazies – Time to get weird.  The Crazies, directed by zombie-mastermind George A. Romero, is about the terrifying effects of a man-made virus – designed to cause insanity in those exposed – that is accidentally leaked into the water supply of a small town.  Check out the original, rather than the over-rated remake.

Jaws5. Jaws – OK, we’re cheating.  A shark is not a water contaminant, rather, an important part of the ocean’s eco-system.  But there is a little known clause that any blog post sharing a list of film’s about water must include a mention of Jaws, the film single-handedly responsible for launching the career of Steven Spielberg, one of the most Oscar-nominated directors of all time.

What movies are you watching to get ready for, or come down from, tonight’s Oscar telecast?  Please feel free to share via a comment below.

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5 Scary Contaminants Easy & Affordable To Filter From Your Drinking Water


Scared of Drinking Water ContaminantsWhether you live in a larger city and pull your drinking water from a municipal source, or further out in well water country, you are undoubtedly being exposed to some form of contaminants.

Some of these contaminants are mad-made, such as chlorine, and are designed to clean and disinfect your drinking water.  Other contaminants, including rust and iron, are naturally occurring in the environment.  These contaminants are clever enough to sneak themselves into your drinking water before you turn on your faucet.

Bottom-line, many of these contaminants will make your water taste awful.  If these contaminants occur in heavy enough levels, they can pose significant risk for both short- and long-term health issues.

Fortunately, the most common drinking water contaminants are also among the easiest and most affordable to reduce, including:

ZD-010 ZeroWater Water Pitcher
ZeroWater Filtered Water Pitcher – reduces chlorine, lead and more for $34

1. Chlorine – perhaps the most common contaminant for those that live in the city and the most common reason many will complain that their water tastes ‘like a swimming pool.’  Livestrong quotes research indicating that most cities within the US treat their water with two to four parts per million to kill off any pesky bacteria.

While we can’t argue with chlorine’s ability to kill bacteria, we do take issue with some of the harmful effects of both short-term and long-term exposure, from dry skin and split ends from shower water at best, to risk of cancer and premature aging at worst.

Fortunately, most water filters are designed to reduce chlorine, including our new line of Tier1 refrigerator water filters – built for all major refrigerator brands – and as low as $20 per filter, dependent on your needs.  And if you have a fridge without a water dispenser, an affordable water filter pitcher from ZeroWater or faucet filter from Instapure will do the trick, without forcing you to exceed a $20-30 budget.

One more point on chlorine – as 50% of chlorine exposure comes from bathing – a good shower filter also makes for a wise investment.

F8-CHROME Instapure Ultra Faucet Filter System - Chrome
Instapure F8 Faucet Filter – reduces chlorine, lead and more for $27

2. Lead – Lead must have seemed like a really good idea at one time, as most lead in tap water comes from the corrosion of older pipes and fixtures, per the CDC.  Today, congress’s involvement is needed to keep this junk out of our water, via the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act that went into play earlier this month.

Lead cannot be smelled, tasted or boiled out of water, and the only way to know for sure if your drinking water supply contains this contaminant is with a water test kit.  Higher levels of lead can cause health risks including elevated blood levels, and these risks are significantly enhanced for the sick, young or vulnerable.

Like chlorine, many refrigerator water filters will help to reduce lead, including our Tier1 line.  More advanced faucet filters, including the Instapure F8 pictured, will also help to reduce lead while running just slightly higher in cost than entry level models.

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter – reduces asbestos, lead, chlorine and more for as low as $36

3. Asbestos – while naturally occurring, the unique ability of asbestos to be resistant to heat and most other chemicals has historically led to its use in thousands of products, including cement pipe used to distribute drinking water.  Asbestos also has the unique ability to, over time, increase someone’s risk for developing intestinal polyps per the EPA.

As frightening as asbestos can be, it is also a fairly straight-forward contaminant to reduce.  One of the most popular refrigerator water filters on the market, the Maytag UKF8001, has been shown to reduce up to 99% of asbestos while setting you back just over $35 per filter.  And for those without refrigerator water dispensers, several undersink water filter systems, including the Pentek US-1000 system pictured, have been shown to reduce this contaminant before it makes it anywhere near your glass.

4. Iron – iron is naturally occurring in both groundwater and oxygen free reservoirs.  When exposed to oxygen, it is commonly responsible for drinking water discoloration.

Per the EPA, iron is not directly associated with adverse health effects.  That said, it will lead to water quality effects, from the aforementioned discoloration to an unpleasant metallic taste.

US-1000 Pentek Undersink Filter System
Pentek US-1000 Pentek Undersink Filter System – reduces asbestos, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and lead for $128

If you have heavy doses of iron in your water, chances are, you are already well aware.  Fortunately, a small investment in a countertop water filter system by Doulton, including their W9331032 UltraCarb, can get the taste and coloring of your water back on track.

5. Sulfur – rotten eggs.  If you smell it or taste it in your water, you’ve got sulfur.  Common in well water, the smell of sulfur does not always indicate a problem with the sanitation of your water. If left unchecked, however, sulfur can cause all manner of issues, including promoting the growth of other types of bacteria in your water supply.

Dealing with sulfur is a little bit trickier and pricier, so before making a filter decision, determine first where you are experiencing the biggest issues.  Because so much of the unpleasantness inherent with sulfur is with the smell, many are satisfied if the smell is reduced in their shower or bath.  If you fall into this category, a Culligan shower filter will meet most of your needs.  The shower filter pictured to the left is hand-held and even includes a massage feature!

Culligan Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage
Culligan HSH-C135 Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage – reduces sulfur odor and chlorine for $48

On the other hand, if you have sulfur issues throughout your home, you may be looking at an investment in a new system set-up.  If you fall into this category, take care to ensure that your new system will accommodate filters built for sulfur, like the HydroLogic Big Boy.  We would also recommend that you call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458 to ensure you get the most affordable custom set-up possible.

What other contaminants have you dealt with in your drinking water, and more importantly, how did you handle them?  We invite you to leave a comment below.

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New York City Tap Water: High Quality or E Coli?


New York City tap water quality holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many.

Described as one of the most pristine beverages on the planet – New York City’s drinking water is considered by most as more than just tasty – but also healthy and safe.  Many even consider it the primary reason that food ranging from Brooklyn Bagels to a slice of New York City pizza is so hard to replicate anywhere else.

So why is it that when drinking water was tested in twelve buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, eight buildings tested positive for coliform bacteria, and five tested positive for E. Coli – making the water unfit for human consumption?  The answer lies not in the water’s source, but in the journey that tap water must take before it pours through a faucet to become drinking water.

This week, The New York Times published the results of a troubling investigation, a video of which you can see above.  The investigation, which provided the results of drinking water tests from the aforementioned twelve buildings, shared the path that water must take before transforming into hydration for residents.

While New York City’s tap water may begin as a high quality beverage when it is gravity pumped from crystal clear waterways upstate, it still must travel through miles of pipes – some of which are the pipes in classic New York City apartment buildings.

“Lead is the most common reason that you run into a water problem in New York,” says occupational medicine specialist Marc Wilkenfeld, M.D., director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola.  For those that live in older buildings, with plumbing to match, lead is a clear and present danger every time a water faucet is turned on.

WS-425W WaterSafe Water Test Kit
Tests tap water for lead, bacteria and more

Lead is one thing, but E. Coli is a completely different matter.  As shared in the video above, fecal matter from animals is the one and only way for E. Coli to exist.  Everything from deteriorated roofs on water tanks – the most common way for larger apartment buildings to store drinking water – to infestation by animals and even squatting by humans can all be contributors to this problem.

Here’s the frustrating part – to rid most New York City tap water from significant contamination risk would cost as little as a few hundred dollars.  This is the approximate cost of cleaning and disinfecting an apartment building’s water tank, which by regulation, should be happening at least once per year.

Instapure F8 Faucet Filter
Instapure F8 Faucet Filter – reduces lead

So what should New York City residents do?  It may seem like a small cost for the city to clean and disinfect water tanks (and it is) but demanding that the work be done is not something that will happen overnight.

Fortunately, there are several drinking water filtration options that are open to you – including faucet filters and refrigerator water filters – that we are happy to offer on our site.  And just so you don’t think we are veering into self-promotion, both types of solutions were endorsed in the article linked to above featuring Dr. Wilkenfeld’s insight.

Before you make a decision on the drinking water filtration system you need, we would recommend first investing a small amount in a Water Test Kit.  While Dr. Wilkenfeld suggests that the results of these tests can be inconclusive, the kit pictured above represents a small investment (under $25) that will provide you with, in the experience of our team and our customers, enough actionable data to guide your filter decision.

If the only element of concern in your drinking water is lead, perhaps the most common impurity in New York City tap water, either a faucet filter system – like the Instapure F8 faucet filter above – or even a consistently changed refrigerator water filter – a common Samsung replacement filter from our Tier1 line is pictured below – will meet most of your needs.

DA29-00003G Samsung Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter Replacement By Tier1
DA29-00003G Samsung Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter Replacement By Tier1 – reduces lead

On the other hand, if your drinking water comes back positive for bacteria – or just comes out of the tap yellow – a slightly bigger investment is strongly recommended.  The Doulton countertop water filter system below is proven to reduce all but the smallest trace of E. Coli, while sitting tucked away in its own small part of your counter.  If countertop space is at a premium, the right combination of undersink water filtration system and filter – including this ceramic filter cartridge and ceramic filter housing from Doulton – can also help to reduce this harmful contaminant.

When deciding on a water filtration system, remember that all systems – and even all water filters – are built differently.  Always read through all of the specs offered on a system or a filter before you purchase to ensure it helps to reduce the impurities found in your own drinking water supply.  All packaging will include details on these specs, as will product pages on DiscountFilterStore.com.  If you suspect that your water could be unsafe to drink – whether due to smell, taste or odd yellow coloring – we recommend that you have it tested before and after installing a drinking water filtration system or filter.

Of course, if you have trouble finding what you need, you are always welcome to call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458 with any questions.

W9361122 Doulton Countertop Water Filter System
Doulton Countertop Water Filter System – reduces E. Coli

If you live in New York City, we would love to hear your thoughts on the quality of your drinking water, especially in light of the recent investigation by The New York Times.  We would also welcome hearing any solutions you may have already implemented to combat some of the more common impurities in your drinking water.  Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Clean Drinking Water & Fresh Indoor Air For Less: Introducing Tier1 Filters


Maytag UKF8001 - Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter by Tier1

Maytag UKF8001 – Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter by Tier1

When did clean drinking water become a luxury, instead of a right?

When did fresh indoor air become something only the stuffy can truly afford?

When did a healthy home become such a burden to all but only the most privileged few?

At DiscountFilterStore.com, we are happy to start bucking this trend and put the healthy home back into reach for all, with our latest offerings: Tier1 refrigerator water filters and Tier1 air filters.

Tier1 refrigerator water filters are comparable to filters offered by original equipment manufacturers, including Maytag, Whirlpool, Samsung and LG.  They are built according to the same rigid specs to ensure you get maximum performance – or in plainer words – the cleanest tasting drinking water possible, virtually free of stated contaminants.

In regards to price, many of our more popular refrigerator water filter offerings – including the Maytag UKF8001 that fits into dozens of models by Maytag, Whirlpool, Amana, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid and Kenmore – are available from Tier1 for $5 less per filter.  Another popular offering, the LG 5231JA2006B/LT600P is available for greater than $20 less per filter.

5231JA2006B LT600P LG Refrigerator Water Filter - Comparable Replacement by Tier1

LG 5231JA2006B /LT600P Refrigerator Water Filter – Comparable Replacement by Tier1

Low price point, combined with maximum performance, even helped make it possible for us to bring some normalcy back into the lives of our West Virginia customers this week that are still recovering from a recent chemical spill and corresponding water contamination incident.  Each is being shipped a Tier1 refrigerator water filter, from DiscountFilterStore.com, free of charge.

Tier1 air filters, meanwhile, help to reduce the same type of indoor air contaminants – including dust, mold, smoke, pet dander and pollen – as more expensive offerings.   Like air filters from larger brands, Tier1 air filters are offered in 1” and 4” sizes.  Unlike air filters from major brands, Tier1 air filters are affordable for all – making it rare that you will put off swapping out an air filter until you are forced to by a thick layer of accumulated dust.

We encourage you to try Tier1 refrigerator water filters and air filters so you can see for yourself how easily clean tasting drinking water and fresh air can fit into your budget.  We are even happy to extend you 5% off on your order, by sharing a coupon code previously offered only to our Facebook followers.  Simply use the code ‘Facebook5’ when checking out.

We at DiscountFilterStore.com thank you for your continued loyalty and look forward to helping you build a healthy home for less, for years to come.

For help finding the refrigerator water filters or air filters you need, from Tier1 or any other brand that we carry, please call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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West Virginia Customers: We’re Sending You Free Refrigerator Water Filters From Tier1


West Virginia Drinking Water Safety MapLast week’s chemical spill in West Virginia, and its corresponding impact on the drinking water of nearly 300,000 residents, was unprecedented on a ridiculous scale.

As an online store that focuses heavily on providing the water filters that help reduce contaminants from the water your family drinks, it was extremely frustrating to sit back and watch.  Today, as bottled water distribution sites remain open and stories emerge over more chemicals that may have leaked into West Virginia’s drinking water above and beyond MCHM, it’s simply too difficult for us to sit back and do nothing.

Starting today, we are doing what we can to hasten the water recovery of our customers in West Virginia.  If you’ve ordered a refrigerator water filter from us in the last three months, we will be sending you a free refrigerator water filter from Tier1.

LT700P LG Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter Replacement By Tier1

LT700P LG Comparable Refrigerator Water Filter Replacement By Tier1

Tier1 refrigerator water filters are affordably priced and designed to fit into all major brands.  The Tier1 line of water filters provide you with the same great tasting drinking water, virtually free of stated contaminants, as the manufacturer models.  We are happy to be one of the exclusive distributors of this new line.

If you are a customer of ours, there is no catch and no action for you to take.  Your Tier1 refrigerator water filter is already on the way.

Replacing the water filters in your home, including your refrigerator water filters, is one of the last steps you will need to take to ensure the drinking water you serve is as safe as possible.  We are happy to help you finalize this last critical step and wish only that we could do more.

If you have friends and family that have been impacted by the chemical spill and water contamination incident in West Virginia who are not yet a customer of DiscountFilterStore.com, we invite you to share the coupon code ‘Facebook5.’  This code will give them 5% off on their entire order.

Thank you again for your continued loyalty, and if there is anything else we can do to help you through this event, please feel free to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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The Great Mystery Revealed: Does Water Have a Taste?


What does water taste like? It’s a simple question, but a quick trip to Google tells me that everyone has a different idea of exactly what water tastes like. My search uncovered a wide range of responses from some of the internet’s top flavor detectives and included…

the expected:  “it tastes like water” and “it has no taste”

the more scientific: “the taste depends on what was dissolved in it”

the outright humorous: “Liquefied boring” and “Mundane in a glass”

and my personal favorite: “One Atom Hydrogen, Two Atoms Oxygen. Shaken Not Stirred”

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Obviously, there isn’t a clear consensus on what exactly water tastes like, but there is definitely a growing market for flavored water. In addition to bottles of flavored water like Aquafina’s Flavor Splash, many companies offer flavor packets that can be added to water anywhere you go to improve the taste. Kraft foods, the second largest food and Beverage Company in the world, recently launched their line of MiO flavor dispensers, hoping to break into what is now a billion dollar market for flavored water.

Floating-dollar-signDrinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and it should also be the cheapest, but when you add in the cost of adding flavor packets or buying fancy bottles with a hint of fruit flavoring it actually becomes more expensive than soda. Why are consumers paying more to add flavor to their water? The answer would seem to be that even though we aren’t really sure what water tastes like, we have decided that we don’t like the way water tastes.

This is primarily because most tap water is disinfected with chlorine, which adds an unpleasant taste and odor to the water, and often has dissolved minerals and organic material that can adversely affect the flavor of water. The unpleasant taste of tap water is one of the main reasons the bottled water industry grew so quickly and helps to explain the new fad for flavored water.

The easiest way to improve the quality of your tap water is by filtering out the chlorine and other contaminants that cause the poor taste. You would be amazed at how much better your tap water will taste with just a simple filter, like this GXULQ system from GE, installed under the kitchen sink.

Of course, variety is the spice of life and you may find you still want to add a little flavor to your water. Instead of spending a lot of hard earned cash on single-use packets why not try making your own flavored water. Adding a little mint or citrus is easy to do and is a fun way to enhance the flavor of filtered water.

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Once you have perfected your masterpiece, why not share your favorite flavor recipes with us on Facebook? We would love to hear what you do to make your water taste great!

DiscountFilterStore Real Customer Reviews : “Without hesitation the best service”


Rick contacted us after receiving and installing a full set of filters for his RO system. He had replaced the filters before, but this was the first time he had to change the membrane. He checked all the water connections to make sure they were correct, but “when we use the water the ROM vibrates aggressively until it fills the water resorvoir.” Obviously, something was wrong with his system, but he didn’t know what it could be.

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We reviewed the installation steps and he had followed each one meticulously, but the “vibration happens everytime you draw water from the faucets that draw from this filtration system”. Fortunately, Rick knew exactly which system he was using and when we dug a little deeper we found the problem.

The RO system he was using had an old membrane, which Rick found “was discontinued and the one I got was what was suggested by your site”. The vibrations in his RO unit were caused by the incorrect membrane. Once we found the membrane he needed we sent it to him right away. After we got the correct membrane shipped out I received this email from Rick, which really made my day!

“I have done business many times with many vendors and I would have to say without hesitation you have provided the best service but what is most important is the interaction and response with the focus and respect of the customer. I manage a very large team and part of that is a service desk I will use this many times as an example of how to provide customer service.”