Refrigerator filters can theoretically last for years or only months depending on how much contamination is in the water as well as the how much water passes through the filter. Well water has a higher likelihood to contain contaminants than publicly treated water. This may necessitate more frequent filter changes. A good rule of thumb is to change the filter as called for by the manufacturer, but at least every six months.
How Do Refrigerator Filters Work?
The primary filtering agent used in water filtration systems is carbon because carbon can absorb many of the chemicals found in tap water. Most refrigerator water filters use granular activated carbon (GAC). This GAC attracts chemicals and impurities which can cause bad taste and odors, like chlorine and grit. Unfortunately, the average refrigerator filter is not able to filter the water of some of the more dangerous, health-threatening contaminants.
Because of the path by which water is channeled through GAC filters, the water is not in the filter for a sufficient amount of time to completely absorb those substances. Carbon is also not capable of absorbing heavy metals like lead. GAC filters can trap larger particles of heavy metals and sediments while allowing others to pass through to the output water. Failing to change the water filter every six months allows these unabsorbed contaminants to saturate the filter. Once the filtering material is saturated, it can no longer hold the contaminants and they can leak back into the output water. Allowed to go on too long and the output water may contain more contaminants per glass than the tap water had in the first place.
Refrigerator Filters Don’t Last Forever.
As technology has improved, more absorbent carbon-based filters called solid carbon block filters have been developed. These filters contain solid blocks of carbon to absorb more contaminants from the water. The water takes quite a bit longer to strain through carbon blocks than the carbon granules of the GAC filter so that there is sufficient time for the more health-threatening contaminants to be absorbed. These carbon block filters are able to absorb things like pesticides and other contaminants; they still can’t absorb heavy metals or agricultural by-products like nitrates or sulfides. The composition of the carbon blocks does allow them to retain heavy metals and bacteria from entering the output water. Failing to change even carbon block filters every six months can result in contaminants saturating the filter, allowing contaminants to leak into the output water.
If you leave a filter unchanged long enough, it can ultimately lead to a reduction of water pressure, which can cause problems with the ice maker and water in the door functions.
Some refrigerators use fiber water filters. These are filters made up of tightly wrapped rayon fibers or spun cellulose. These can trap sediments like rust and lead. Used alone, these filters do not reduce the levels of any chemical or health-threatening contaminants. But when used in conjunction with other types of filters, they do help reduce the concentration of sediments. These hybrid filters should also be replaced every six months to avoid the filter saturation that allows contaminants to enter the output water.
It happens. You come out of a restaurant or return to your car from shopping and…no car. Your first thought is that it’s been stolen. Then you see the “No Parking” sign and realize that your vehicle has been towed. What to do?
While having your car towed is aggravating and expensive, your first action is to stay calm and examine the situation.
The first question to asks is, why was your car towed? In our example above, it is obvious; you were in a no parking zone. But it could be for other reasons like your license has been suspended. If your car is left unattended on private property the property owner can have it removed. If your parked car is hit by another car during an accident and damaged, it may be ordered towed by the police since the car cannot be moved. These are just a few reasons why your car could be towed.
Hi, my name is Greg Shirley. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, commonly referred to as a chiropractor, I utilize a therapy called joint manipulation (or adjustment) to treat my patients. Most folks know that we chiropractors treat ailments like lower back pain and headaches. What many find surprising is that I also treat other musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis. Arthritis is especially responsive to Chiropractic treatments since it affects the joints, nerves, cartridge and muscles of the area affected. These just happen to be the parts of the body we work on during treatment.
No Silver Bullet for Arthritis Pain
But before I get too far into this discussion, let me state for the record; “there is no cure for arthritis”. There are various treatments, but unfortunately, no cure. The different forms of treatments vary from drugs to massage therapy to exercise therapy to chiropractic. While each of these offers benefits, the real improvement in mobility and pain level is the result of a combination approach.
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John Sanders originated The Grand Strand Technology Council for the purpose of creating a common information source for the growing technology community in Horry and Georgetown Counties. There were only a dozen or so members in the beginning, but the Council has grown steadily over the years and Sanders remains the Chairman. He is quoted on the GSTC website outlining the organization’s goals. “Activities are focused on topics of specific interest to computer information and technology trained professionals, and to technology dependent businesses. Initial emphases are on personal networking among the individuals,” Sanders states. A general list of program topics includes the following:
- Information technology initiatives at Coastal Carolina University
- Federal government contracting
- Microsoft security initiatives
- Technical training at Horry-Georgetown Technical College
- Visiting business leaders from significant companies where subcontracting might be available
- Biotechnology and information technology
- The next levels of Internet
Recently, the council adopted a brand new logo to go along with its new identity:
Presently, the council is preparing to accept nominations for the 2012 GS Technology Leadership and Innovation Awards.
The five categories of nominations that are being accepted are listed as follows on the GS website:
- Innovation in technology advancement, adaptation or services
- Business growth and new marketing initiatives used in promotion, regional recognition and revenue increases
- Technology integrated in education throughout the Grand Strand
- Application of technology in charity and community service
- Entrepreneur of the Year in technology
The nomination form is online only, and will require the basic background information on the nominated person, including a one page biography and up to 500 words in support of the nomination. Winners will be determined by a distinguished panel of judges. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center in November.
TO MAKE A NOMINATION PLEASE GO TO:
Grand Strand residents who may not be familiar with the GS will find that most of the top technology corporations in the area have become members of the organization rasuch as Coastal Carolina University, MetGlass Corporation, Combraco Industries and the Mercom Corporation. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is also a member. The GS, a non-profit organization, meets regularly and welcomes new members.
Well, this is our first ever monthly newsletter. Exciting things are beginning to take place at ExploreConwaySC.com. We have recently, back in June, launched our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Explore-Conway-SC/120100974795530, which you need to go like to keep up with our latest updates. For the month of June we signed on two new clients to the site. Those clients include Ocean Fish Market and Little Angles in Conway, SC.
The Conway Chamber of Commerce played host to the Conway City Council and Conway Downtown Alive Tuesday evening. The event was well attended and a good time was had by all. The CJ was in attendance and documented the festivities
Cannon’s Small Engines is holding their 6th annual “Scratch and Dent” sale in conjunction with Husqvarna. This is how the factory can get rid of
The ladies are at it again! This time they sit down to talk to Professor Veronica Gerald-onwer of the Ultimate Gullah shop in downtown Conway. This episode is chock full of recipes, stories, and spices. You don't want to miss it! Also click the link to check out the Ultimate
It's that time of year again...Yellow Page time. Have you ever noticed that they put the books on anything that resembles a building? Empty, no windows, it doesn't matter, just so they can claim that they distribute so many books.
From the Myrtle Beach Restaurant News -
"Dan and Tina Malfroid have leased their current Burger Brothers restaurant to Alan and Kellie Shulver, who are turning the spot at 1518 4th Ave. in Conway into Burger Brothers Express. When the transition is complete, the plan is for the express location to serve burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries and ice cream in five minutes or less, and will specialize in carry-out and drive-through service.
The Heroes and Villains Festival at the Frank’s Rivertown 12 Theater was a great success Friday night. Costumed actors and costumed movie goers paraded around the lobby waiting for the chance to see the movie Thor.
Music was provided by the Avengers and the Selectones. Banana Jack Murphy webcast the proceedings and HaHa the Clown painted up the kids in comic book style. Between the music, games and all around festive atmosphere, this movie opening was a Grand Opening in deed.
Starting with a hugely successful Fall festival and most recently a Halloween Carnival that packed 3rd Ave, it would appear that the city is establishing a trend. With the cooperation of CCU students, Conway Parks and Recreation drew about 1,200 people downtown for games and trick-or-treating. Downtown business owners and event planners were pleasantly surprised by the turnout. The Conway Crawl, which in the previous few weeks had really fizzled out, experienced a major rebound as local families showed up in droves. Tonight's Crawl will feature music by Elvis and a Snow Ball Drop by Conway Main Street USA. Many shops will be open late, Snow Ball Drop is at 7:00pm.