About Kory

You'll see me writing on a variety of topics, but they all come back to two basic things: water and air. I become more of an expert as I write, and I hope that you will too! In this industry you'll see a lot of jargon. I'll do my best to filter through it to show you exactly how clean water and air impacts your life. So sit back, enjoy and thank you for visiting The Filtered Files!

Flushing Your Refrigerator Water Filter: How and Why You Should Do It

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When replacing your refrigerator water filter, it is always recommended to “flush” it before use. Flushing your filter means to run water through it several times before using the filter for consumption. All you need is a container that fits into the water dispenser of your refrigerator.

Why do I need to flush my filter?

Regardless of what refrigerator model you have, your fridge filter is most likely made out of a carbon media block that is formed to fit the shape of your filter. When your filter is properly installed, water runs through this block to filter out any particles and contaminants picked up before it enters your refrigerator.

Manufacturing and shipping cause the carbon particles in the filter media to knock loose. This causes the first few glasses of water to contain bits of carbon which causes it to look cloudy and gray. While the carbon bits will not harm you, most will not want to drink it as it can leave a bitter taste.

How do I flush my refrigerator filter?

Most manufacturers recommend that you run 3-5 gallons of water through your refrigerator water filter before using it for household purposes. For refrigerators that don’t dispense water, discard the first two batches of ice because the carbon particles can get frozen in ice cubes. In general, flushing your filter follows 4 basic steps:

To flush:

1. Grab a large container that fits in the water dispenser of the refrigerator (this can be a large measuring cup, a large drinking cup or anything big enough that conveniently and comfortably fits into the dispenser)

2. Position the container in the water dispenser and press in to begin dispensing water and fill the container

The number of times you will need to fill the container depends on the type of container you are using. For example, if you are using a 4-cup measuring cup, you will need to fill it four times to make 1 gallon. Remember: four cups equal one quart and four quarts equal one gallon.

3. Discard the water into the sink. You can reserve the water for watering any plants (tiny carbon bits will not harm the plants)

4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have flushed 3-5 gallons of water

For specific directions to flush your refrigerator water filter, check the owner’s manual. Instructions can vary slightly depending on the type of filter you have so the owner’s manual will be the safest way to ensure all installation and set-up processes are followed correctly.

Regardless of the type of refrigerator you have, you can find your refrigerator water filter here. If you have any questions leave them in the comments below and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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How Water Can Fight Off the Cold and Flu – Cure & Remedies

Water-fights-off-germsThe cold and flu season is no fun. The sniffling, sneezing and headaches add up to a big discomfort for many. While there is no cure for the common cold or flu, there is an organic way you can fight it: by drinking adequate amounts of water. Water helps to wash germs and viruses out of your immune system and keeps the body hydrated. Many in the medical field suggest drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day to boost your immune system and your overall health.

In addition to keeping your system adequately hydrated, here are 4 benefits on why water is essential for your body.

1. Water oxygenates your blood and flushes out harmful toxins from your immune system.

2. Prevention of common chronic ailments is another benefit of using water to fight off cold, flu and other illnesses.

3. Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you digest your food better.

4. Drinking water will help organs like your eyes and mouth to remain moist and repel contaminants that could cause infections.

Before you run for that glass of water however, stop to think about whether your water is filtered or not. The full benefit of water is ineffective if it contains waterborne contaminants such as bacteria, sediment, Giardia or Cryptosporidium. This is why drinking filtered water, free from contaminants, is best for your immune system.

Filtered water can come from many different sources such as point of use (filtered water pitchers and refrigerator water filters) and point of entry (such as whole home water filters). Deciding which option is best for you depends largely on preference. However, always stop and consider what your water quality is like by testing your water before deciding on any option.

Remember that water is a natural way to help your immune system fight germs associated with colds and the flu. Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day will keep your body hydrated and ready to fight off harmful viruses. 

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3 Major Benefits of Using Water Filters – Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?

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There was a time when I drank water straight from the tap and didn’t think anything of it. Once I started realizing the issues that tap water can present (harmful bacteria, high chlorine levels, bad taste and smell, etc.) I jumped to bottled water. That didn’t last long, as it is very expensive after a while. Once I realized that bottled water companies have fewer regulations than those governing tap water, it became a definite no-no for me.  It wasn’t until after l I jumped from tap water, moved to bottled water, and stopped using bottled water that I finally arrived at the most cost effective and healthiest option—water filters.

It took me a long time to arrive at this solution but it doesn’t have to take you as long. Below are some of the biggest benefits of using water filters in your home.

1. They provide better smelling and better tasting drinking water by reducing bacterial contaminants and chlorine. One of the biggest complaints about tap water is its taste and/or smell (you may have that concern about your own tap water). Bottled water may seem like a better option, but when you factor in the cost and consider that it is essentially the same as tap water, you will soon realize that this may be the biggest benefit of water filters.

2. Drinking filtered, clean water protects the body from disease and can lead to greater health. In addition, water filters provide healthy and clean water for cooking as well.

3. It costs way less than you think. First off, let’s tackle bottled water. The cost of bottled water goes way beyond what you pay to buy it (which itself adds up after only a little while). It also takes an estimated 17 million barrels of oil per year to make the plastic bottles (according to onegreenplanet.org) and takes even more energy to have it transported throughout the world. Take into account that 80% of bottled water ends up in landfills and you see the problem. Water filters on the other hand (when you buy from FiltersFast.com) are as low as $18.99 for refrigerator water filters (and even lower for other types of water filters), can be delivered automatically to your door at the frequency of your choosing, and can even be recycled.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of benefits of water filters, but these are why I believe you should consider using water filtration in your home. Refrigerator filters, whole house filters, faucet filters, countertop filters and more are all options to choose from to get filtered water in your house.