How to Choose A Sediment Filter

by Jamin Arvig on February 26, 2014

Sediment Filter Questions Can Leave You Feeling BuriedIf you are a first-time sediment filter system buyer, and you reached out to one of our competitors, you may find yourself overwhelmed and buried by the types of questions below:


  1. What type of sediment is in your water?
  2. What size micron filter do you need?
  3. What type of water quality issues are you trying to prevent?

Please don’t be offended, as my guess is that if you are just beginning to consider a sediment filter, your answer to the first two questions may range from ‘not sure’ to ‘I don’t know.’  Your answer to the third question may be just a bit inaccurate.  Again – these are just my guesses, based on the theme of the post you’ve landed on, and my experience in this industry.

My experience in this industry also lends me to believe that our competitors will likely not ask you a critical fourth question: ‘are you sure you need a sediment filter?’ I’ll offer you answers to the three questions above, but I’ll also ensure that an answer to that critical fourth question is peppered throughout.

Let’s work backwards with question number three.  There are some issues commonly mistaken as water sediment problems – most readily – hard water.  Hard water contains high amounts of minerals that form scale buildups, flaking off and clogging faucet screens.  Mistaking hard water problems as sediment problems is very easy and extremely common.

If you are seeking a solution to your hard water problem, a sediment filter is not ideal.  I would encourage you to skip the rest of this post and review some of the water softener options we offer, instead.  Depending on where you are having hard water issues, you may also be able to get by with a good shower filter, like the Sprite Shower Filter System to the left.

Sprite SL-CM-M Slim Line Universal Shower Filter SystemSediment filled water that makes its way through your faucet will not necessarily be hard – but rather sandy or silty. Rather than scaling and flaking after coming through your faucet, this type of water will cause greater issues before it comes through your faucet at all – causing damage to your pipes and reducing the life expectancy of your appliances.

A sediment filter system will reduce a significant percentage of these contaminants, but it is important that you choose a system for your type of water.  This is why you may be asked what size micron filter you need.  I prefer, however, to ask a far simpler question: ‘where does your water come from?’

If your water is pulling from a well, you may have both sand (large sediment) and silt (small sediment) pouring through your faucet.  Water coming from a river may pour large and small organic sediment, depending on which river.  Heavier sediment from either of these sources will practically demand that you begin your search with a system designed for heavy contaminants, such as the Rusco Sediment Trapper System, pictured below.

If your water is pulling from a municipality, you may have little to no sediment, in which case I would encourage you to consider an under sink water filter, instead.

With regard to a sediment filter, the smaller the micron number, the smaller the pores.  Selecting the right micron size is entirely about your unique sediment size. If you have sand that’s grainy and big enough to visually identify the granules, then you certainly don’t need a 1 micron filter.  In fact, going too low may cause even more problems from clogs and pressure loss.

A grain of sand is anywhere from 75 to 150 microns, so a 50 micron water filter should be good enough to handle your sediment issue. If, however, you have extremely fine sediment that feels slimy to the touch and is so small that you can’t visually identify a single speck, you probably need something much tighter. As a general rule, I always recommend starting loose and working your way tighter until you get the performance you want and need.Rusco Sediment Filter - Trapper System

Of course, what I recommend most for those looking to install a new sediment filter system is that they first connect with our customer service department.  Our department is highly trained and led by a Water Quality Association (WQA) certified water professional.  They can not only help you determine the sediment filter system most suited for your needs, they will be quick to point out if you need an entirely different type of water filter system.  Fortunately, whatever water filter or system you need, we probably either have it in stock or can work with you to find it.

If you are looking to install a sediment water filter system, I would highly encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-888-801-PURE so they can ensure you select the right products for your needs.

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Jamin Arvig

Jamin Arvig

In 2002, Jamin Arvig founded WaterFilters.NET from his small college apartment. Just over ten years later, his company has doubled in revenue each year, grown into a multi-year honoree on the Inc. 5000, and become the online consumer’s first choice for water filters and water filtration technology. Jamin's success with WaterFilters.NET can be seen through coverage in publications ranging from the Minneapolis Star Tribune to the Wall Street Journal, its consistent ‘Excellent’ status from customer service ratings provider STELLAService, frequent appearances in Best Places to Work lists and in the pages of Upsize Minnesota who recently named the company Business Builder of the Year. Jamin also helps to ensure that WaterFilters.NET supports its core value of charitable giving by making significant contributions from its profits to various water-related charities. Posts from Jamin are contributed regularly to this blog.

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