If you own or manage a business and are concerned about the quality of the water in your building, you may consider adding or improving your water filtration system. However, choosing the best filtration solutions can be a challenge, because it can be difficult to ascertain exactly what contaminants are present in your water, how to deal with them, and how to create a system that is sustainable and effective. An experienced water filtration technician can guide you through answering these questions and may recommend bag filtration as the option that works best for you.
Aspects Of Bag Filtration
Bag filtration is a type of water filtering that relies on a bag—or sometimes more than one—to capture particulates, sediment, and other solids present in the water supply. A common recommendation for water systems that run a high velocity, bag filtration tends to be inexpensive, and sometimes the bags themselves can even be cleaned to reduce waste and make the management of the system less of a hassle over the long term.
Bag filtration works best in closed systems and systems that provide potable (safe to drink) water, where there is a very low risk that there will be a sudden, unexpected surge in pollutants. Consistency works to the benefit of a bag filtration system.
Effective Filtration Solutions
Bag filtration is an effective water filtering option, as it can capture particulates and sediment at sizes of .5 to 200 microns. The bags create a firm seal so that no contaminants can get out—in other words, all water must pass through the bag and undergo filtration, ensuring the safety and cleanliness of the water. This creates consumption-safe water, and the system can be modified to incorporate a series of bags that will capture any residual particulates that are unique to your individual situation.
Contaminents Get Stuck In Bag
Bag filtration systems may vary slightly in the way they are set up based upon the individual needs of a business; one location may be dealing with a greater contaminant load or particulates or sediment that is especially small and difficult to filter. Sometimes, a single bag is sufficient to deal with cleaning the water. However, other locations may need to rely on an ascending stack of different bags.
If this is the case, bag filtration expands into a more detailed system that goes beyond a single filter bag. Instead, a series of bags will be set up in the water source, and each bag will be made slightly differently. The first bag typically has the widest mesh; in other words, the size of the holes through which the water passes is biggest on the first filter. The largest particles in the water will be caught by this first bag, but some contaminated water may continue through.
This is why the bags are placed in ascending order—the next bag, which has a more tightly woven mesh, will be able to catch the smaller contaminants that passed through the first filter. This process is repeated as many times as necessary until all pollutants of all sizes have been successfully captured. Because some types of filtration bags are able to be removed and rinsed or cleaned, even using a system of multiple bags is an easy and efficient process.
Higher Velocity, Lower Cost
Bag filtration works well in systems where the water passes through the filter at high velocity. Not all filtration systems are equipped to deal with the force and pressure exerted by quickly moving water, but this is not an issue due to the robust structure of the bags, which are typically made of felt, mesh, microfiber, or polypropylene. Because of the economical nature of the materials for the bags, as well as the ease of using the system—since it does not require significant additions like chemical pumps or high-tech monitoring apparatuses—choosing bag filtration typically means choosing a low-cost option to filter your water. Because of its cost-effectiveness paired with its efficiency and ability to remove very small particles from water, bag filtration is one of the most common options building owners and managers might choose.
Work With The Filtration Solutions Experts
Understanding which type of water filtration system will be most effective for you can seem overwhelming, and that is why it is important to get in touch with an experienced filtration solutions expert. Whether your best option is bag filtration or another type of water filter, an expert will be able to review your current water treatment plan and help you devise a strategy to ensure that you have clean, safe water at your location.
Reach out to Tower Water for a consultation on your current water pollutants and how to handle them. We set the standard in water treatment and would be happy to assist you in planning your water filtration system.