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Old 11-26-2009, 07:11 AM   #1
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filter options?

Installed a new sink and counter top in the kitchen. Had to remove the shut off valves to remove the base cabinet.

Inside the valves I see an accumulation of sediment of some sort. I started thinking maybe I should research installing a filter.

Any comments or opinions on filter options are appreciated.


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Old 11-26-2009, 08:31 AM   #2
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Unless you have galvanized pipe for the water supply, I would guess that the build-up is calcium deposits. Not sure a filter would stop this. The supply valves have probably been there for years.


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Old 11-26-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for commenting-

The supply valves are relatively new, I installed them 4 years ago when I changed the dish washer.

We have water that is hard and the deposits build up on the fixtures and shower doors. But the sediment in the valves was not a light or white color, like the hard water deposits, it was darker.

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Old 11-26-2009, 02:13 PM   #4
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That is usually from invisible sediment and all waters have some. It is harmless and it does not cause problems.
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:04 PM   #5
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It's best to do something about it....

The sediment (limescale) may not be harmful to your health, but over time it will deteriorate the functioning of your pipes, making water run more slowly, and perhaps worse, it will build up on your water heating element, making your water heater use more energy to accomplish the same task. Also, it may start to clog your showerhead, faucet, etc. We had this problem when we first bought our house about 4 years ago... fortunately it's pretty new for you so if you start out right you should be OK... you just have to prevent limescale from building up. Good luck!

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