Is Your Refrigerator Water Filter Putting You In Danger?

Is Your Refrigerator Water Filter Putting You In Danger?

Most of us are aware that access to excellent quality water provides us with many benefits and is essential for health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, tap water can be unpalatable, so we turn to filtered water. Although water dispensers and refrigerator filters do feature built-in water technology, the effectiveness can vary, and your refrigerator filter may not be as clean as you think, placing you and your family at risk of exposure to salmonella, coliform, and other microorganisms.

The Refrigerator Filter Basics

Refrigerator filters are commonly made with carbon. Carbon filters can remove many compounds that affect the water’s taste and smell, but the effectiveness of the filter relies on water being in contact with carbon for an extended period of time. In high traffic environments such as a busy family home, this is not likely to happen. Additionally, since the filter is likely to be hidden out of sight inside your refrigerator, it is easy to forget about it and allow the filter to become clogged with debris and bacteria, creating an unseen risk to you and your family’s health.

The Danger of Substandard Filters

A carbon filter is only effective because the material permeability allows the water to flow through and the impurities including petrochemicals and pesticides can be held by the carbon. Unfortunately, this only applies to higher quality carbon filters. Lower quality filters lack the capacity to catch many of these contaminants, which means that you may unwittingly be allowing impurities and contaminants into your drinking water. Additionally, lower quality filters tend to be manufactured to lower standards, where the manufacturing process may also introduce impurities into the filter directly.

Is Your Refrigerator Contaminated?

Research shows that over 19 million people in the U.S fall ill each year as a result of exposure to waterborne bacteria. Waterborne bacteria requires moisture and fungus to survive, and unfortunately, these elements are both present in a refrigerator. Inadequate refrigeration and contaminated foods are leading causes of foodborne illness, including listeriosis, with symptoms such as vomiting and a high fever of 100ºf. Additionally, if any of the items inside your refrigerator harbor E.coli or become moldy, it creates a risk that bacteria could contaminate your refrigerator water supply itself.

If you are unsure about the best water treatment option for your home, be sure to speak to a fully WQA certified technician. A professional technician can not only assess your water for contaminant levels, but guide you through the treatment options best suited to your requirements to ensure delicious, contaminant free drinking water for your whole family.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.

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