Are you wondering what to do when you see black flecks in your filtered water? Are they harmful to you or your family? Here are some answers.
What are the black flecks that I see in my water?
The black flecks are bits of carbon from your filter. They are non-toxic as well as tasteless. In fact, activated carbon has been used as an antidote to poison in hospitals. However, it is still advisable to keep the filter out of reach of children.
How can I get rid of the black flecks?
The accompanying instructions for most filters advise that you first soak the filter itself in water before use. Then, after putting the filter to use two times, the flecks should disappear. You can also take the added step of shaking the filter under water to encourage the release of the flecks using it for your daily filtration.
Though the home filtration systems on the market require little maintenance, you should properly maintain your water filter to ensure good quality water. Wash the top portion of your filter out once in a while or more often if you use it heavily, so that the activated carbon specks do not collect. Don’t forget to wash the pitcher itself.
Replace your filter regularly
Generally you should notice only a few blackflecks coming out after thoroughly soaking the water filter. If large amounts are being discharged, the filter might have a slight defect in its seal, and you should consider replacing it. Certainly if the filter is past its prime, you will see a higher than normal concentration of black flecks, and you should simply replace it. Follow the suggested replacement schedule in the instruction booklet.
What is the function of the black flecks?
Most home-based water filter systems use an activated carbon water filter method. Activated carbon is the most powerful and simple way to eliminate the variety of impurities, such as odors, chlorine, and chemicals in the water supply, such as pesticides and herbicides. Activated carbon–the black flecks that you see–both absorbs the impurities and makes your water more alkaline.