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Old 11-26-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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Save water filter for next year, or get new one

especially if you had less than a 6 months on them?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
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especially if you had less than a 6 months on them?
I would never save one over the winter. I would be afraid of bacteria buildup inside the filter. Just not worth the risk to me!
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I have a whole house filter canister. The filters are about 4 bucks. I toss em
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I have a whole house filter canister. The filters are about 4 bucks. I toss em
Can you please tell us what brand these are and where you get them for $4? I haven't found any that cheap and would be interested in them. Thanks.
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Chuck em. They grow bacteria.
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Throw them away replace every year.
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I have heard that if you want to save them you need to put them in the freezer to keep them from growing bacteria. Can't really see any advantage to saving one though. Even the expensive ones are not really worth taking a chance on.
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I take mine out when not in use and let it dry out. I don't think it will grow bacteria if dry. IMHO.
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The $4 filters are for a regular stick house canister. Not one of the RV filters. I bought a standard canister filter and 2 brass hose adapters at a hardware store for about $20. I have a 6 foot hose out from the wet bay to hook it on. Also a plastic bucket from a dollar store: turn it upside down, cut round hole, place canister in bucket, keeps it upright and protects it from sunlight.
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Now I don't feel so bad about ruining my expensive, under the sink water filter because I forgot to remove it before adding the antifreeze for winter storage. I thought that maybe I could rinse it out and reuse it. Yes, I'm frugal, but I suppose not to a point when me and my DW are being subjected to totally preventable bacteria infiltration.
I'll just go buy another one come Spring.
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If you want to keep them do the same thing you do to freshen up the fresh water tank. Put a table spoon of bleach in the filter, stop up the other end swish it around with some water in it. The bleach will kill the germs. Then empty it and let it dry, good as new. Once dry put a rubber plug over each end until next spring, or whenever. Run some water through it prior to use.

Never had a problem treating them this way. I toss the filter when it doesn't do the job any longer.

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I change the $4 filter every 3 months
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I have used the same filter for four years and it still works good. When we go camping with friends that don't have water filters, they always get their coffee water from us.
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I have heard that if you want to save them you need to put them in the freezer to keep them from growing bacteria. Can't really see any advantage to saving one though. Even the expensive ones are not really worth taking a chance on.
I found this to be true with backpacking water filers and included in their instructions manual. The filter for mine is $40 and if they are pumped "clean" with fresh water - put in a zip lock and in the freezer they are ready to go next go around. I don't recall ever seeing this recommended for MH filters. Could be due to usually lower cost - perceived health reasons (doubtful to me) - or they just want you to buy more (my guess). Note also that with the backpack filter - it comes with a pouch to send back to mfg when you order a new one. They recycle them and give you a small discount.

Curious now about the bacteria line of thought. The mfg says good for a full season. So if your not full time - and use it every 4 weeks say - what magic is happening to keep bacteria from forming between outings? I would think it would grow in the down period. I'm just asking because I don't pull mine and freeze between outings and wondering now if I should - and why I didn't make the connection before. Maybe there are instructions for use and I just did not read the fine print.
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