Micron-activated carbon blocks are a type of filter media that is commonly used in reverse osmosis water filtration systems. They consist of activated carbon that is tightly packed into a solid block. The carbon is treated with oxygen to create millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms, which increases the carbon’s surface area and adsorption capacity.
Activated carbon is known for its ability to adsorb impurities and contaminants such as chlorine, chloramines, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pesticides, herbicides, and other dissolved organic compounds. These impurities are attracted to the carbon block’s surface and trapped within the filter media.
In reverse osmosis water filtration systems, micron-activated carbon blocks are often used as a post-filter, which means that it is placed after the reverse osmosis membrane. This allows it to remove any impurities or contaminants that may have passed through the membrane. Additionally, it can be used after the sediment filtration stage to remove chlorine, chloramines and other dissolved impurities before they can reach the membrane.
Micron-activated carbon blocks are available in different micron ratings, which refers to the size of particles that the filter can remove. Typically, the lower the micron rating, the finer the filter. It is important to use a carbon block filter with the appropriate micron rating to match the size of the impurities that you want to remove.
If you install a Reverse Osmosis system from Complete Home Filtration, we add in a micron-activated carbon block.
As previously mentioned, the carbon block removes pesticides, herbicides, chlorine (including chlorine bi-products) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), helping rid your water of further impurities while protecting the semipermeable membrane found in the next stage.