The Pros And Cons Of Using Granular Activated Carbon For PFOS Treatment

Perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, also known as PFOA and PFOS, are chemicals that have been slowly making their way into drinking water. Typically, the chemicals are found near industrial plants and military bases. The chemicals have been shown to have many harmful side effects to humans, including developmental effects on fetuses and breastfed infants, cancer, liver problems and thyroid issues. As such, more and more people are looking to filter these chemicals from their drinking water. There are different ways to filter your drinking water to remove PFOA and PFOS. Using granular activated carbon, or GACs, is one of the ways to remove these chemicals. Learning the pros and cons will help you determine if this is the route you should take in your home. Here are a couple of those pros and cons:

The Cons of Using Granular Activated Carbon for PFOS Treatment

  • The Filters Need to Be Replaced Often

One of the downsides to granular activated carbon is that the carbon filters need to be replaced frequently. Other systems can go longer between the media or filters needing to be changed or replaced. If you are looking for something that is low maintenance that you do not have to mess around with or replace often, this may not be the right system for your home. 

  • The Filters Don't Remove All Impurities From the Water

The other disadvantage to GACs is that they do not remove all of the impurities from water. They are greater at removing PFOA and PFOS chemicals. But they are not the best at removing things like iron and nitrate. If your drinking water is high in these impurities, another water treatment option, like reverse osmosis, may help to remove all of the chemicals and impurities from your water. 

The Pros of Using Granular Activated Carbon for PFOS Treatment

  • You Can Set Up Point of Entry Filters

One of the upsides to using granular activated carbon filters is that you can set up the point of entry filters. PFOA and PFOS will not harm you if it is in the water you shower in, wash your hands in or your toilet water. But it can harm you if you drink it. As such, you may just want to set up a filter for the sink you drink water from, rather than a whole house filtration system. You can't do this with all water filtration systems, but you can with a GAC system. 

  • GAC Filters Are Affordable

The other benefit to a GAC filtration system is that it is affordable. The system is affordable and the replacement filters are affordable. If you are looking to install a water filtration system on a budget, this may be a great option for you. 

If you are looking to filter PFOA and PFOS out of your drinking water, take the time to learn about the different treatment methods. This will help you determine which is the best option for your household. Contact a company like PFOS-PFOA Treatment LLC for more information and assistance.