10 Things You Should Do After Any Drinking Water Ban


Toledo, Ohio Mayor D. Michael Collins After Drinking Water Ban Is Lifted
Toledo, Ohio Mayor D. Michael Collins takes a big sip, as the drinking water ban in his city is lifted, in this photo from the Daily News

In January, a spill of MCHM left the drinking water of nearly 300,000 residents in West Virginia undrinkable and unusable.

This past weekend, 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio experienced a similar drinking water ban, this time brought about by an algae bloom in Lake Erie that carried dangerous levels of microcystin and cyanotoxin into the water supply.

On the surface, these two drinking water bans are quite different, as West Virginia residents lived through weeks of uncertainty due to a spill of a man-made chemical, while Ohio residents – fortunately – were dealing with more of a known, natural entity.  That said, the end result remained the same.

Similarly, the next recommend steps for residents of West Virginia, Ohio, or any future region that lives through such an occurrence also remain the same.  With thanks to WXYZ in Detroit, WTVG in Toledo, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Charleston Daily Mail in West Virginia, please find below a list of ten steps you should take after living through a drinking water ban.  It is recommended that you follow the steps below in order, skipping any step that is not applicable to your home or business:

1. Regenerate Your Water Softener
Fundamentally, what you will be doing after any drinking water ban is flushing your plumbing system and cleaning or replacing anything that has come into contact with contaminated water.  If a water softener is in use in your home or business, it should be manually regenerated before you begin the flushing and cleaning processes, detailed more below.  Your water softener’s manual or an equipment supplier can offer assistance, if you have never completed a manual regeneration.  If there is not a water softener in use in your home or business, go directly to the next applicable step.

Flush Indoor Taps After Drinking Water Ban Ends2. Backwash Your Sediment Filter
If a sediment filter is in use in your home, completing a manual backwash will ensure the next steps you take to flush your plumbing system will be more effective.  In fact, it is recommended that you backwash your sediment filter both before and after you flush your plumbing system. 

3. Flush Hot & Cold Water Taps
A simple and effective way to ensure that final bit of contamination flows through your pipes and down your drain, rather than into your glass, is to allow your taps to run continuously for five to fifteen minutes.

Start with the hot water taps and leave on for fifteen minutes.  This will help free your hot water heater from dangerous levels of contamination.  Next, do the same for any cold water taps for five minutes.  Note that this includes your refrigerator water dispenser.  Before flushing, you may also remove any filter in use from taps that do not depend on these being attached in order to serve water.  This can help the flushing process move a bit more efficiently and give you a head-start on step six below.

4. Flush & Clean Every Toilet
Once you’ve flushed your taps, simply give each toilet in your home a quick flush and a clean.  This step is more critical for dog owners, as a toilet represents little more than a great big bowl of clean drinking water, regardless of what contaminants may be lurking.
Flush Outdoor Taps After Any Drinking Water Ban Ends
5. Flush Any Remaining Faucets
From external faucets and hose bibs, to the sink in your laundry room, all faucets in your home should be flushed.  After you’ve opened every hot and cold water tap, and flushed every toilet, walkabout your home to ensure every tap has an opportunity to run and rid itself of contamination.

6. Change All Water Filters Currently In Use
This direction comes directly from the CDC, in regards to what residents should do after a boil water alert ends (ie a different type of drinking water ban, where water may be used if boiled first.)  Changing out water filters is an important part of the flushing process as any filter currently in use is at risk for trapping some of the contaminants that led to the ban in the first place.

To minimize risk of exposure, change your inline water filters, sediment filters, refrigerator water filters, shower filters, filters used in your water pitchers – literally – every filter serving water in your home.  If you need help finding your filters, just visit our online store, use our filter finder, or call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.

Cerama Bryte Dishwasher CleanerNote that in the event of any drinking water ban, boil water alert or other type of emergency, we do offer the option of next day shipping.

7. Discard of Anything Made With Water
From Kool-Aid to baby formula, and from iced tea to lemonade, if you made it with water poured during the time of the drinking water ban – dump it.  (And then make some more, because everything we mentioned above is delicious!)

8. Flush Icemaker & Discard Ice
After flushing and sanitizing your icemaker, make and discard three batches of ice, to ensure any ice you use or serve is as free as possible from any contaminants.  While this may feel like overkill, the instruction comes directly from the CDC.

Clean All Pet Bowls After A Drinking Water Ban9. Sanitize Dishwasher
This step does more than help free your appliance of any lingering contaminants – it helps improve both the lifespan and performance of your dishwasher by lifting away scale, scum and grease.  Our online store offers two powerful dishwasher cleaners that can help, including a version from Cerama Bryte (pictured above) and the enhanced Pro Products Magic Dishwasher Cleaner which helps clean and sanitize, while reducing bacteria, E. Coli and Salmonella.

10. Clean & Sanitize All Pet Bowls
For pet owners, keeping contaminated water out of reach is an absolute necessity.  Simply put, your pet (especially if your pet is a big, slobbery dog) will drink just about anything that’s put out there.  During a drinking water ban, ensure your pet drinks only bottled water or water that has been declared safe – and use a fresh bowl.  After the drinking water ban ends, ensure that any bowl that came into contact with contaminated water is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.  If you’re following these steps in order, you should have a clean and sanitary dishwasher that can help.

Complete the steps above after any drinking water ban, in order, and everyday life in your home will be back to normal before you know it.  If you’ve been through a drinking water ban, and recommend adding more steps to this list, I invite you to share via a comment below.  I also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or +1 us on Google+ to be the first to see news and instruction regarding any future drinking water bans, alerts or emergencies.

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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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Why A Camping Filter Needs To Be In Your Gear Bag


Clean Looking Water
Just because it looks clean and tastes clean doesn’t mean it IS clean…

Just because you’ve found a source of fresh water is no guarantee that you are safe from dehydration.  This is both a critical piece of insight to take to heart before venturing into the great outdoors and a hard lesson learned for thousands of campers throughout the world.

At our online store, we specialize in filters and filtration products that make your water taste better, fresher and cleaner.  But when it comes to our selection of camping filters, the benefits go much deeper than better taste.

Quite simply, any source of untreated water in the wild is a potential home to a number of bacteria and viruses, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

The CDC offers this resource for backpackers sharing more about where these bacteria derive from and what they do to your body.  Those more curious about these down and dirty details are welcome to click on the link above.

67005 Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter SystemThose accustomed to reading between the lines need to know only this: when your body comes into contact with these contaminants, it will expel them in every way possible.  In the process, your body will also lose a ton of water, very quickly transforming that source of drinking water you found into the root cause of your dehydration.

So how does a camping filter help if the job of a water filter is primarily to improve taste?  This is where the deeper benefits come into play.

Take for example the Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System, pictured to the left, in use below and available for purchase here. Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System In UseThis is a basic, $10 camping filter that is, essentially, a straw.  For up to 20 gallons of use, this straw will reduce 99% of Cryptosporidium and Giardia, in addition to unpleasant taste and odor, from virtually any water source.   For anyone embarking on a short hike or backpacking trip, this is a lightweight addition to your bag that will do more to keep you safe than just about anything else you carry with you.

While this $10 filter is an ideal camping filter for shorter backpacking journeys, longer or medium length trips may need a little bit more in terms of filter life.  For those preparing for longer camping trips, we’re happy to offer everything from water pumps in the $30 range to mini-microfiltration systems from Katadyn in the $100 range.  While larger in size than a simple filter straw, these types of systems will still tuck nicely into a gear bag and be ready to provide you with anywhere from 100 to 500 gallons of drinking water, all virtually free of the contaminants that can result in dehydration. 8014931 Katadyn Vario Backcountry Series Microfilter Water Filter(Several of these Katadyn microfilters pictured, in fact, were donated by our store to members of Safari Club International as they embarked on humanitarian Blue Bag Drops in Costa Rica.  Each drop delivered portable water filtration equipment, like the Katadyn camping filter systems, to families in areas suffering from extreme water contamination issues.)

Finally, for those going on longer excursions with larger groups or families, we are also happy to offer surprisingly portable countertop ceramic filtration systems from Doulton (pictured below) and larger Expedition Systems.  Before clicking through to these products, note that these are in the price range of $200 – $1,500.  These are hard-core systems for hard-core journeys.

As our purpose in sharing this information is to educate you on the risks of untreated water and share potential solutions, rather than simply trying to sell you camping filters, it’s important to note that a great deal of the water you’ll find in the great outdoors is safe to drink – especially at higher elevations.  W9361122 Doulton Countertop Water Filter SystemREI shares this information in its article on understanding the risks you’ll face when backpacking.  That said, this same article also informs readers that even if the risk of infection from contaminated drinking water is small, it is a risk that should be avoided.  As Steven Bower of North Country Canoe Outfitters reminds us, when deep in the great outdoors, you are your own primary care physician.  And as every primary care physician has said since the beginning of time, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

‘Be Prepared’ is a simple, two-word mission statement that’s been shared with virtually every Boy Scout.  Barring any copyright issues, it’s a statement that could also find itself at home on virtually any type of camping filter, from a gravity pump to a filter straw.  If you are about ready to hit up the great outdoors for one last summer excursion, I urge you to let us help you be prepared with a camping filter both perfectly suited for your gear bag and perfectly priced for your wallet.

See our full selection of camping filters, most of which will ship FREE same day, by visiting our online store.  If you need help or have any questions, I invite you to leave a comment below or to call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.

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How Often Should I Change My Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter?


4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter

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For decades, the name Whirlpool has been synonymous with quality kitchen appliances like refrigerators.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute graded three Whirlpool refrigerator models between 2009 and 2013, and all scored a B+ or higher, with one model being one of the few to score an A- or higher.  Additionally, just last year, Reviewed.com awarded runner-up status to two Whirlpool models in its 2013 Best of Year Refrigerator Awards. Continue reading

How You Can Support Clean Water For Every Life On This Planet: Q&A With Safari Club International’s Dale Bruder


Large Cats Depend On Clean Drinking WaterClean water is critical to the sustainability of every life on our planet.  The awful truth, though, is that clean water is inaccessible by nearly one billion people, leading to more than three million deaths per year.  A silver lining to this fact is that there is also an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of up to one billion people, and in a very real sense, save millions of lives yearly.

Dale Bruder, President of the Lake Superior Chapter of the Safari Club International (SCI,) understands this fact implicitly.  Bruder knows that clean water shortages impact more than just our world’s human residents, but every life on our planet – large and small, two-legged and four-legged.  As such, his organization supports several humanitarian efforts that help to bring clean water to those people in need throughout the world, while also advocating for the protection of a spectacular array of wildlife.

This weekend, April 11-12, Bruder and his organization will be hosting their 16th Annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser in Hinckley, MN.  While he worked to finalize preparations for this event, Bruder sat down with us to share how the humanitarian efforts of the SCI can help save countless lives – and countless species – throughout the world.

[At the bottom of this post is a link sharing how you can donate to the SCI’s mission, if you are unable to attend this weekend’s event.]

For our readers that are unfamiliar with the Safari Club International, could you please share a brief summary of your organization and its mission?

The Safari Club International (SCI) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to protecting hunters’ rights and traditions, preserving wildlife through good conservation practices, educating our youth and the non-hunting public, and doing humanitarian deeds for the less fortunate.

You mention the worldwide humanitarian efforts deployed by the SCI.  What types of projects have you seen deployed to date and what type of results have you seen these efforts achieve?

Our “Hunters Against Hunger” initiative has provided thousands of pounds of processed venison to the less fortunate so they can eat protein-rich meat.  We also have a very active “Make A Wish” type hunting program that is available for disabled and terminally ill children.  We support our wounded veterans by helping to fulfill their wishes to go on hunts that they aren’t able to do on their own.

Another initiative we are proud to support is the Blue Bag Drop program, where our members that are traveling overseas deliver blue bags filled with health aids for children and adults and items needed for the hungry.  Oftentimes these blue bags will include portable water filtration equipment to be brought into those areas where clean water is not always a given.

Our store has helped to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops, providing some of the portable water filtration equipment SCI members bring with them on their journeys.  How many Blue Bag Drops have been deployed to date – and overall – how many lives have been positively impacted through these efforts?

Safari Club International - Blue Bag DropI do not have the exact figure, but it is in the hundreds for the number of bags delivered and in the thousands of lives impacted.

[Ed. Note: DiscountFilterStore.com is proud to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops through the donation of portable water filtration equipment, including our Katadyn camping filters.  The photo to the left, from a story published in a recent SCI newsletter, shows one of the Blue Bag Drops we supported, in partnership with the Safari Club International, Safari Care Legacy Fund and Global Water Drops.  Look closely and you'll see the Katadyn Vario filter we donated, sitting atop the bag.

For those attending this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley, please look for a Blue Bag filled with water filtration equipment at the event's auction.]

Clean water is critical for every life on our planet, making it a natural cause for the SCI to align itself with.  From your perspective, how would you describe this alignment between protecting clean water and protecting wildlife?

They go hand in hand.  As you said, clean water is critical for humans and animals alike.  Both will drink contaminated water if thirst drives them to it.  Then they become ill and that spreads disease and death among their respective species.

What type of opportunities would our readers have to become involved with the SCI or to support its humanitarian missions?

Go to any local member or local chapter and ask how to become involved.  Go to any chapter’s fundraiser and join the organization.  There is also a National website to get more information: www.scifirstforhunters.org.

Of course, we would also love to see everyone at this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley where they can learn about our organization first-hand, in addition to offering the donations that will allow us to continue our good work.

For registration information for the 16th annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser, hosted on April 11th – 12th in Hinckley, MN by the Lake Superior Chapter of the SCI, visit this page on the chapter’s website.  You may also donate to support the mission of the SCI by visiting their contribution page on their national website.

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How Defeating Hard Water Will Save Your Clothes & Hair


Hard Water Means Split EndsYou leave the salon, having spent anywhere from $40-90, but feel that every penny was worth it as you take that first gaze into the mirror.

You prep yourself to go out in a new outfit that perfectly accentuates everything about your style.  It was expensive, but totally worth it.

The next day, after a load of laundry and a shower, you are happy that you took so many photos last night, as your salon-fresh look has been replaced with a headful of split ends and your new outfit emerged from the wash covered in rusty-orange spots.

The culprit? Hard water.  A villain more dastardly than any most of us will ever face.  But fortunately, a villain that can be defeated.

Know Your Enemy
Over time, hard water – or water that has been infiltrated by heavy levels of minerals and contaminants including iron, calcium and magnesium – can cause mineral build-up that can clog your pipes or even start to corrode the inside of your appliances.

Not to perpetuate the stereotype that we care only about short-term problems, but the hard water issues described above amplify over time.  You may wake up tomorrow with a pipe clogged from mineral deposits, or you may never wake up to this issue.  But short term issues, whether its jeans made stiff after being washed in a mineral bath, to a white blouse that emerges from your laundry with rusty colored spots or split ends caused by showering in a harsh stream, can occur overnight – and oftentimes be just as expensive an ordeal.  After all, haircuts, jeans and blouses aren’t cheap!

Hard Water Means Rust Stained ClothesSo What Do I Do – Long-Term?
Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do to impact the hardness or mineral component of the water in your area.  If you live in an area with hard water, you live in an area with hard water.  But there is nothing to say you need to let this villain into your home.

If you have long suffered with hard water, and you’d know it by your constant battles with stiff jeans, split ends and itchy skin, you have likely already considered a whole house water filtration system.  A whole house water filtration system will ensure that all water throughout your home – not just the water you drink – is as clean as possible.

Once you have your whole house system installed, the key will be to find a replacement filter equipped to take on hard water.  At DiscountFilterStore.com, we are happy to offer water softening filters from Pentek for both larger and smaller whole house filtration systems that serve just such a purpose.

Inline Washing Machine FilterSo What Do I Do – Today?
Installation of a whole house water filtration system to take on your hard water issues is probably not something you are going to dive into overnight.  A whole house system, after all, is an investment.

Fortunately, there are short-term solutions that can protect your clothes and hair from the impact of hard water, while you consider whole house options.

In regards to your clothing, an inline washing machine filter can help reduce the minerals common in hard water from making it into your machine.  Short term, this will minimize the impact that hard water will have on your clothes – from stiffening to staining – while in the long term, you’ll actually be protecting your appliance from corrosion.  Not bad for a total investment of about $50, which would include a filter, replacement cartridges and adapter.

If you are sick and tired of split ends and dry itchy skin, a shower filter system from either Culligan or Sprite (pictured below) can help reduce the amount of scale in your shower water that contributes to hardness.  In addition to more manageable hair, your skin will feel softer, younger and fresher – courtesy of a cleaner water stream.

Sprite ShowerUp Filtered Shower ExtensionHard Water Has No Place Anywhere In A Healthy Home
Bottom-line, you and everything in your home are a reflection of the healthy lifestyle you choose to live.  Showering in limescale, or washing your clothes in hard iron-filled water, are not choices that would support this healthy lifestyle.

If you are suffering with hard water in your home, and feeling the effects in your clothes or in your hair, we want to help.  Call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458 to learn more about the water filtration systems and products we offer.

What hard water survival tips or products do you swear by?  We encourage you to leave your thoughts via a comment below.

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How Often Should I Change My Maytag Refrigerator Water Filter?


Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter

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For up to six months, or 750 gallons of water usage, the Maytag UKF8001 refrigerator water filter will give you clean tasting water and ice.

The Maytag UKF7003 refrigerator water filter will also last for six months, but only for 416 gallons of water usage.

The Whirlpool 4396841 and Kenmore 4396710 water filters, ideal for use in several Maytag refrigerator models, will last for six months and 200 gallons of water usage.

The four models listed above are four of our most popular Maytag refrigerator water filter offerings, and a great example of just how difficult it can be to accurately predict a filter’s lifespan.  At DiscountFilterStore.com, we send a reminder to our customers every six months that it’s time to replace their filters – but honestly – this is a bit of an educated assumption based on typical water usage and consumption in American homes.  As we’re well aware, American homes are anything but typical.

Maytag UKF7003 Refrigerator Water Filter
Maytag UKF7003 Refrigerator Water Filter

According to the EPA, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home with 70 percent of this use occurring indoors.  While the amount of water consumed per day from a refrigerator dispenser is a bit harder to determine, we can share some typical water consumption data that can help us make a rough determination:

  • Percent of adults that drink the recommended 8 glasses per day – 22%
  • Percent of adults that drink 0 glasses per day – 7%
  • Percent of adults that drink 1 – 3 cups – 36%
  • Percent of adults that drink 4 – 7 cups – 35%

Based on the data above, courtesy of the CDC, it seems safe to assume that most adults drink about four glasses of water per day, sized at about 8 oz.  Let’s assume that two of those glasses of water are consumed at home, courtesy of the water dispensed by their Maytag refrigerator.

If we look back at the water capacity of the filters in our example, anywhere from 200 to more than 700 gallons, it can be tempting to say that a single Maytag filter has enough capacity to last for several years based on its capacity.  So why the six month guideline – rather than say – 12 or even 24 months offered by more industrial models?

4396841 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
Whirlpool 4396841 Refrigerator Water Filter – For Use In Many Maytag Refrigerator Models

To put it in scientific terms, after a fair amount of use, refrigerator water filters just get gross. You don’t really want to be drinking water from a filter that has had stuff sitting in it for months, especially since carbon – the media used in most refrigerator water filters – is not designed to filter out the tiniest of particles, bacteria and viruses.

So if six months is simply a guideline, and water capacity is more of a lab exercise, what is the best way to determine when it’s time to change your Maytag refrigerator water filter?  One simple word – taste.

Quite simply, the job of your refrigerator water filter – whether manufactured by Maytag or any other brand – is to improve the taste and clarity of your water and ice.

4396710 Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
Whirlpool 4396710 Refrigerator Water Filter – For Use In Many Maytag Refrigerator Models

If after three months, sediment or off-flavors return to the water dispensed by your refrigerator, it’s time for a change – regardless of how far off you are from the six month lifespan.  Note that for homes with water quality issues, or homes that depend on well water, this is not an uncommon scenario.

On the other hand, if your filter has been performing for well over a year without incident or change in water quality, there may be little or no reason for you to replace the current filter you are using.  Though, we may suggest a water test kit, just to ensure you know what contaminants may be in your water that are impossible to taste or sniff out, including lead or bacteria.

If you are looking for more information on the lifespan of your Maytag refrigerator water filter, or need to reorder, please call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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Christmas Countdown: Rainshow’r BERNOULLI-PC Water Saving Shower Heads Make Great Gifts For…


Rainshow’r BERNOULLI-PC Water Saving Shower HeadAt DiscountFilterStore.com, we offer more than just the replacement filters that keep the clean drinking water and fresh air flowing throughout your home.  In our Christmas Countdown, we’re featuring a different gift idea every day – between now and December 16th – that will ensure you give the gift of clean drinking water to someone near and dear to you this holiday season. 

The Perfect Christmas Gift:
Rainshow’r BERNOULLI-PC Water Saving Shower Head

What does it do?
Delivers a powerful shower spray while conserving a significant amount of water.  Features an attractive design that would look great in any bathroom and is the first shower head specifically designed for use with a shower filter.  Made in the USA!

How much will it cost me?
Less than $25

Who would these be good for?
Anyone that needs a clean and powerful shower, but monitors their water usage; anyone already using a shower filter.

When can I get it by?
Order before Monday, December 16th at 4pm CST to secure delivery by Christmas Eve.

Will it ship free?
Not by itself – but – add a Rainshow’r shower filter system to your order and we’d be happy to ship for free!

Need help finding something else?
Call our customer service department toll free at 1-800-277-3458.

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Christmas Countdown: Rainshow’r Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinators Make Great Gifts For…


RB-3000 Rainshowr Crystal Ball Bath DechlorinatorAt DiscountFilterStore.com, we offer more than just the replacement filters that keep the clean drinking water and fresh air flowing throughout your home.  In our Christmas Countdown, we’re featuring a different gift idea every day – between now and December 16th – that will ensure you give the gift of clean drinking water to someone near and dear to you this holiday season. 

The Perfect Christmas Gift:
Rainshow’r Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinator

What does it do?
Virtually eliminates harsh chlorine from bath water, ensuring chlorinated bath water no longer has the opportunity to dry out your skin, damage your hair, reduce the ability of shampoo and soap to lather and sud – or otherwise just flat out ruin bath time!

How much will it cost me?
Less than $35

Who would these be good for?
Households with children, pets or other fussy bathers, those that live in newer parts of the city where chlorine is more present in water, anyone with allergies or sensitive skin or anyone else that feels harried and just needs to relax!

When can I get it by?
Order before Monday, December 16th at 4pm CST to secure delivery by Christmas Eve.

Will it ship free?
Not by itself – but – add a dechlorinator replacement filter pouch to your order and we’d be happy to ship for free!

Need help finding something else?
Call our customer service department toll free at 1-800-277-3458.

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Just In Time For The Holidays: F-2 Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter


F2-WHITE Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter System - WhiteWith the holidays approaching, there is a lot you can count on happening:

Christmas music will become unbearable by the first week of December.

An average mall parking lot will transform into something out of Mad Max.

And your water usage will go up.  With more meals to cook, houseguests to entertain – and maybe even one or two celebratory nights to recover from – this is as close to a given as you can predict.  If all you have on hand to meet this need is a water pitcher, you could find yourself running to and from the sink every five minutes just to ensure that pitcher stays full of the clean tasting water you need.

That’s what makes now the ideal time to build out your holiday drinking water strategy by adding a new player into the mix: The F-2 Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter.

For less than $20, this easy to install faucet filter will provide you with cleaner tasting water, directly from your tap.  With capacity enough to filter bad taste, odor and chlorine from 200 gallons of water, the F-2 Instapure Essentials Faucet Filter is the solution you need to get through the holidays a little bit easier.

Of course – we’d be remiss unless we reminded you of one last thing – the Instapure Faucet Filter also makes a great gift – especially for college students getting ready to head back to the dorms or their first apartments!

Order this faucet filter online or by calling our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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