We get a lot of people that ask us what type of water filter is best overall, and our answer is always a solid block carbon water filter. What is a solid block carbon filter? Well, it is a filter that can transform any water into safe drinking water, whether that be tap water, rain water, river water, or even pond water. The EPA says that it is the best filter for removing chemicals. It blocks out bacteria, parasites, VOC’s, nitrites, nitrates, fluoride, pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals so that your body is protected. It also leaves the healthy minerals in the water, so that you are still obtaining the nutrients from your water. Another benefit of the solid block carbon filter is that by allowing the healthy mineral deposits to stay in the water, those deposits are still working to balance the pH of drinking water. By balancing the water’s pH, these minerals are ensuring that the water is neither too acidic or too basic. Water’s pH levels can range anywhere from 1-14. The EPA, recommends that people’s household water remains somewhere between 5.5 to 9. Livestrong notes that extremely high or low levels of pH in water can cause eye and skin irritation. It can also change how the water tastes, making it taste more bitter. The New York State Department of Health lists neurological and reproductive problems as a potential result of low or high pH levels in drinking water. These could mean significant health effects such as hearing loss, seizures, or even miscarriages. This is one of the main reasons why the solid block carbon filter is one of the best water filters on the market, because it works to maintain the water’s pH, so that the water quality remains pure and safe, as well as ensures that the water tastes good. By leaving the essential and beneficial minerals in the water, there can be a buildup of minerals in your pipes and plumbing. However, our filters condition and purify the water, leaving those minerals in the water, while also working to dissolve scale buildup. This will keep your pipes and plumbing in good, working condition, while benefiting your body’s overall health. By dissolving the scale buildup in your pipes and plumbing, it will also extend the life of your expensive appliances, such as your washer, shower head, toilet, and dishwasher. So, not only are you saving your body from potential hazards and toxins, but you’re also saving yourself some money by delaying the need to purchase new appliances. A whole house solid block carbon filter will not only affect the water you drink, but it will also impact the water you shower in, wash your hands in, and wash your clothes in. This will keep scale buildup out of your washer, harsh chemicals and dangerous toxins off your clothes, and reduce the chemicals released into the air every time you shower. You will be protecting your appliances, your food, your skin, and your body from damaging toxins, bacteria, and chemicals that can reside in your regular household water.