Activated Carbon Treatment in Laguna Beach
Improve Your Water Supply with McKeown Plumbing
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), activated carbon is the most commonly used approach to treating groundwater. The treatment, which absorbs harmful chemicals from contaminated water and air, can be used in your own home, as well.
If you want to remove unpleasant tastes and odors from the water running through your home, McKeown Plumbing can help. We have served Coastal OC for more than 45 years, and we are ready to serve you.
What Is Activated Carbon Treatment?
Activated carbon treatment is a water filtration system that removes unpleasant tastes and odors, organic compounds, lead and copper, chlorination byproducts, cleaning solvents, and some pesticides from the water you use every day.
The filtering substance itself is made of black granules of coal, wood, nutshells, and other carbon-rich materials, which absorb contaminants, removing them from water.
How Does Activated Carbon Treatment Work?
When water flows through carbon, molecules are attracted to the carbon and stick to it. This process is called adsorption, and it removes contaminants from the water flow. Because carbon “holds on” to contaminants, carbon filters must be replaced regularly.
In your home, you should replace your carbon filter every year.
Whether you need to install an activated carbon treatment system or replace your filter, call McKeown Plumbing for assistance.
What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Activated Carbon Treatment?
Carbon filtration systems are relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain. The process does not waste water and can protect against unwanted contaminants throughout your entire home. Additionally, carbon-rich materials are natural and renewable, so activated carbon treatment is environmentally responsible.
Benefits of activated carbon treatment include:
- Filters the most dangerous contaminants
- Limited expenses
- Doesn’t require electricity
- Customization is possible
- Doesn’t strip water of minerals or other healthy nutrients
For your filtration system to be effective, you must replace the filter regularly. Drawbacks of activated carbon treatment include:
Filters can grow bacteria if not flushed and changed regularly
Carbon filters do not remove certain pollutants (including toxic minerals, fluorides, nitrates and nitrites, and a range of microorganisms)
Choosing the carbon filtration system that works best for your home can help you minimize the drawbacks and maximize the benefits. Call (949) 234-6001 today or contact us online to schedule your service today!
What Filter Should I Purchase?
There are different types of carbon filters. Granular filters contain fine grains of activated carbon, and their effectiveness largely depends on how quickly water flows through the filter. Block filters contain activated carbon that is shaped into blocks under high pressure. Although they are more expensive, they are usually more effective. In some situations, they can decrease the flow rate of your water system.
Within both filters, there are 3 forms of activated carbon:
- Coal-based carbon has larger pore size and may affect taste
- Wood-based carbon has large pores but is good for filtering specific contaminates
- Coconut-based carbon provides the most effective filtration with a tight structure and micro-pores
No matter what type of activated carbon you choose, you should also have a sediment filter. Usually, sediment filters are included in whole-home activated carbon treatment systems, but if not, you should purchase one separately.
Typically, sediment filters are composed of natural media, such as sand, that will trap undesirable sediment and debris as the water passes through the bed. This protects your system from heavy debris and helps ensure there is no sediment in the water you drink.
At McKeown Plumbing, your options for carbon filters include:
The Penguin Backwashing Catalytic Carbon Filter: $962-$1,250 for the entire home (depending on size); removes up to 99% of suspended solids, volatile organic compounds, sediment, heavy metals, chlorine, chloramines, and other contaminants; smartphone-controlled; uses timed backwashing filters to ensure even filtration; made of carbon block coconut shell; replace carbon media every 5 to 7 years for maximum efficiency.
The Penguin NonBackwashing Carbon Filter: $658-$942 for the whole house (depending on size); removes up to 99% of suspended solids, volatile organic compounds, sediment, heavy metals, chlorine, chloramines, and other contaminants; smartphone-controlled; requires regular flushing to prevent bacteria growth and channeling; made of carbon block coconut shell; replace carbon media every 5 to 7 years for maximum efficiency.
Penguin Whole House Sediment Pre-Filter: $344 for the entire home; removes sediment and debris from water that would otherwise damage piping and appliances and clog the whole-home carbon filtration systems; replace yearly at $135.
If this seems like a lot, don’t worry. Our team can help you choose. McKeown Plumbing has over 100 years of experience, our technicians are licensed, bonded, and insured, and we utilize the newest tools and best practices.