What are Carbon Fines in Water Filters?

If you’re on the hunt for water filters in Australia, you may have come across the term “Carbon fines”. But what are carbon fines in water filters? Are they safe or do they pose any risks to your health?

Explaining Carbon Fines

Among the common questions about using water filters is ‘carbon fines’. Carbon fines are suspended particles or solids, and usually are black or grey in colour. Depending on the brand and cartridge, they often appear in water when a new water filters is installed or temporarily once you change your water filter cartridges.

Are Carbon Fines in Water Filters Safe?

Carbon fines are frequently seen on granular activated carbon filters, and although they may not cause risk to your health, it is quite unpleasant to see these in your drinking water. And even though experts say that they pose no threat, it’s kind of paradoxical to fit a filter which introduces contaminants into your water!

Getting Rid of Carbon Fines in Water Filters

As mentioned, probably the biggest ‘culprits’ when it comes to the release of carbon fines are granular carbon cartridges - they are quite notorious!  However, in reality any filter which contains carbon could potentially release some level of carbon into the water.

To ensure our clients have the best quality water, at Plumm we manufacture water filter cartridges using special technology and premium-grade materials such as coconut carbon (not 'dirty' coal-based carbon) to minimise the release of carbon fines.  This means you can have the best of both worlds - high flow rates and purified water!

Additionally, Plumm SV series water filter cartridges are silver carbon impregnated in order to help address bacteria and other organic materials in your tap water.  At the same time, our taste and odour water filter cartridges are designed to improve the smell and taste of your water by removing chlorine and other chemicals.

Whatever brand or style of water filter system you install, it's usually a good idea to flush it out before use. This can be done by running water through the system for several minutes, and will help remove any loose matter which may be present (such as debris from installation). You will often notice water from a new filter seems cloudy initially, due to the presence of 'micro-bubbles'. After flushing the system adequately, the water should run clear.

Check out our water filters systems,water filter housings, water filter cartridges and other products and see which one fits your needs. And if you are still undecided about the type of water filter cartridge or water filter system is best suited for your home, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to listen to your requirements and guide you through to the best water filter!


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