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>> No. 13784 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 8:45 pm
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Are there any disadvantages to fitting water filter taps?

I think a plumber once said 'They don't filter everything' but not entirely sure what he meant by this.
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>> No. 13785 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 8:52 pm
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Just a caveat as any tradesman would use. Like if China created a virus etc etc
>> No. 13786 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 9:07 pm
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Water out of a tap is going to be filthy anyway. Don't bother installing a tap unless you plan on cleaning it regularly, as most people don't.
>> No. 13787 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 9:16 pm
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I don't think I would have a water filter one - they tend to just need cartridges or salt refills or the time, and that's a bit of a hassle. Our house came with a "water softener" and we're always having to buy the salt blocks - not convinced by it.

I would have one of these boiling water taps though, they seem a lot more useful (and economical); instant tea at any time without having to fill/wait for a kettle.
>> No. 13788 Anonymous
12th September 2020
Saturday 9:17 pm
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Aren't they about £1,000? Reviews I've seen of them say they tend to start having issues after a few years.
>> No. 13789 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 8:44 am
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Depends on what you want to take out and what your tapwater is like to begin with.

A combined carbon and particulate filter can improve the taste, it can take out some nitrates and nitrites which get into tap water as agricultural run-offs into groundwater. They take chlorine out of the water which is meant to be better for your health (but can't take out chloramine as easily, and water companies are highly secretive about what they add in to water so it's hard to find out if you have chlorine or chloramine.)
The other problem with carbon filters is that it's essentially impossible to tell when they're used up, and if you use them for too long they can actually start leeching more chemicals back out into the water.

Water softeners are useful if you live in a hard water area and your kettle scales up very quickly, but it you use soft water for drinking you should think about calcium + magnesium supplements to replace what you would have if you were drinking hard water.

If you're not sure just get a Britta filter and use that for a while.
>> No. 13790 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 3:07 pm
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The disadvantage for most that they do very little meaningful effect for their money. Anything it is removing was quite harmless and nominal anyway. Unless you are in a hard water area and you have a softener fitted (which is best done further back to protect things like the boiler washing machine ect) but then you wouldn't need a different tap.

Unless of course you are going down the path of sticking a full reverse osmosis unit under your sink. Which is a much more expensive bit of kit but would remove nearly all dissolved material in the water, and put it at a level of purity that you could theoretically wash things to spotless in it without any detergent because of its abrasive properties by letting it just soak in it. (It is what they use for those window cleaning pole systems). It is safe to drink but I can't say I've ever seen much point in the difference.
>> No. 13791 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 3:08 pm
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RO water doesn't taste very nice, but it is very useful if you're an aquarium hobbyist or a meth cook.
>> No. 13794 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 7:31 pm
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UK tap water is still mostly all free chlorine, it's only really London, and bits of Anglia and Scotland that have switched to Chloramine.
>> No. 13795 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 11:02 pm
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> or a meth cook

A meth cook who is seriously invested in the absolute purity of his product no less. With most cooks you're lucky if they bother scraping the coating off the pseudoephedrine tablets never mind worrying about finding even distilled water for their various solvent solutions.
>> No. 13796 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 11:28 pm
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>If you're not sure just get a Britta filter and use that for a while.

I'd agree with this - I've found a Britta kettle to be one of the best compromises around this topic.

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