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Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Healthy people meet their fluid needs
by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid
needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you
can get some fluids through the foods that you eat. For example, broth
soups and foods with high water content such as celery, tomatoes, or
melons can contribute to fluid intake.
Multipure Faucet Problems – How to Troubleshoot Problems With Water Faucet Diverter
If you are having faucet problems with your Multipure water filters,
you may be able to resolve it yourself before you call the manufacturer.
For instance, if the diverter valve in for the countertop water filter
feel stuck or hard to push, manufacturer recommended using vegetable
oil or vinegar to unstuck it.
Here is how to resolve Multipure faucet problems:
Unscrew diverter valve from faucet;
Pour a little vegetable oil in the inlet hole;
Push the diverter valve lever in/out several times to lubricate it
thoroughly. (Vegetable oil will not dissolve mineral deposits that build
up and cause the faucet to stick. It may be then necessary to repeat
this procedure from time to time);
Replace diverter valve on faucet
Unscrew diverter valve from faucet;
Soak diverter valve in vinegar for 10 minutes;
Rinse and replace diverter valve on faucet
If you are still having problems operating the faucet, you may need to contact Multipure. Additionally, if your water taste bad and you have just replaced
the filter cartridge, consider replacing the tubing as well. After a
while, bacteria may grow inside the tubing, especially, if not used for a
long time. Run filtered water through several times and if this does
not resolve the bad tasting filtered water, consider replacing the
tubing. It’s the least expensive part of the whole system.
Will a Multipure Drinking Water System filter hot water? What will happen to the filter if I run hot water through it?
Multipure products are designed to filter cold water only. The problem with running hot water through the filter is that higher temperatures very likely will trigger the release of contaminants that had been adsorbed by the filter. Heat also causes the carbon pores to open up, which could further result in trapped lead or chemicals being released into the drinking water. At higher temperatures, the carbon filter simply would not effectively reduce contaminants in the water.
In the event of an emergency, such as an interruption to my home's water supply, how can I use a Multipure water filter?
In an emergency, water that is deemed safe from bacterial contamination may be manually pumped through a Multipure Drinking Water System with a hand pump. In fact, Multipure offers for sale a suitable hand pump that may be used in just such an emergency, or when the water is turned off.
How can I use a Multipure Drinking Water System with the automatic icemaker in my refrigerator?
The Multipure under counter water filter models (MP750SB, MP880SB, MP880EL or MP1200EL) may be installed with a T-connector on the filtered water output line to direct water to both a filtered water faucet and an icemaker. Multipure also offers two drinking water filter models (MP750SI and MP880SI) that are designed specifically for inline-only applications, such as icemakers and refrigerators. The Multipure countertop models are not suitable for connecting to an icemaker.
How often do the filters need to be changed?
The life of any water filter will vary in direct proportion to the amount of water used and the type and level of impurities in the water being processed. It is recommended that the Multipure replacement filter cartridge be replaced when any of the following occurs: (a) the productís rated capacity is reached; (b) the flow rate diminishes; (c) the filter becomes saturated with bad tastes and odors; or (d) annually. The filters cannot be back flushed or rinsed and used again. Even if your filter cartridge still appears fresh and the flow rate remains high, according to EPA and state health department guidelines, filter cartridges should always be replaced at least once a year, regardless of rated capacity. Additionally, Multipure Drinking Water System housings are sold with a Lifetime Warranty, but the filter cartridge must be replaced at least once each year to maintain the warranty.
Should I disconnect the filter if it ís not used daily (e.g., vacation time)?
You must not allow water to set in the Multipure Drinking Water System for extended periods of time (10 or more days) without being used. If the water filter is to be left unused for more than 10 days, you should drain all the water from the system and remove the filter cartridge. Upon your return, just reinstall the filter in the housing and resume use.
Where can I obtain a municipal water report for my city?
All municipalities are required by the Safe Drinking Water Act to publish reports on the quality of water delivered through their systems. You may locate the water authority for your locale by visiting the public web sites identified below:
Environmental Working Group U.S. Tap Water Quality Database
U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Information System http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants What should I do if my home uses well water and not municipal water?
If your water comes from your own well, the U.S. EPA advises that you test it annually, especially if you see signs of trouble like corroded pipes, strange odors or stained laundry. Your municipality, county or state health department may offer free or low-cost testing services; otherwise, you can use a laboratory certified in your state. For further information on well water quality, the EPA suggests consulting nonprofit groups like the American Ground Water Trust (www.agwt.org).
Will any water filter that removes Chlorine also take out Trihalomethanes (disinfection by-products)?
No, not all water filters that have been certified to reduce Chlorine can also remove Trihalomethanes. Chlorine is relatively easy to remove from water. But Chlorine that has interacted with organic material to form Trihalomethanes, and therefore has assumed a different molecular structure than that of Chlorine, is extremely difficult to remove. The only way to be confident that a water filter actually will remove Trihalomethanes is to check with NSFÆ or another other recognized certifying authority to verify the specific contaminants the product has been certified to remove. Multipure Drinking Water Systems are tested and certified by NSFÆ to reduce both Chlorine and Trihalomethanes. How does a Multipure water filter remove lead but not minerals?
Multipure International invented a Solid Carbon Block filter within which specific dissolved contaminants, such as lead and volatile organic chemicals, are attracted to the carbon surface and retained by chemical reaction and adsorption. Adsorption (as opposed to absorption) is the assimilation of gas, vapor or dissolved matter by the surface of a solid or liquid. The Solid Carbon Block filter at the heart of a Multipure Drinking Water System can be compared to a magnet that attracts and retains metal shavings; however, in this instance the filter attracts lead and other contaminants. The incredible amount of surface area in high quality activated carbon within the Multipure filter cartridge is an optimal environment in which to foster the adsorption process.
Does the Multipure water filter remove healthy trace minerals from water, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium?
Multipure water filters utilizing solid carbon block technology DO NOT remove healthy minerals from drinking water. However, if you actually want to remove minerals and other total dissolved solids from your water, the Multipure MP750PlusRO Drinking Water System, which combines reverse osmosis technology with Multipureís solid carbon block, will in fact remove the minerals. How does Multipure design water filters to take out contaminants like volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) but not remove the natural minerals at the same time?
Natural minerals in drinking water have been completely dissolved and do not have an actual physical size, so healthy minerals may pass through a carbon block filter without restriction. However, the specialized materials employed in Multipure Drinking Water Systems are selected for their ability to react with the chemical contaminants in the water but not with natural minerals. The ability to leave the healthy minerals in while reducing harmful contaminants has been a critical factor in the development of Multipure's unique Solid Carbon Block filter. Members of the medical community maintain that certain minerals are essential for a healthy body, and clinical studies have found that drinking water with high levels of beneficial, healthful minerals may reduce the risk of heart disease.
human studies have linked moderately high fluoride exposures with
reduced intelligence, and over 100 animal studies have shown that
fluoride exposure can cause brain damage. Learn more: http://orgcns.org/1ArBok8#fluoride