What Do Carbon Filters Remove From Water?

What do Carbon Filters Remove?

Carbon filters have extremely high adsorption capabilities and can remove a wide variety of contaminants including VOCs, pesticides, nitrates, hydrogen sulfide, and much more. 

Below, we've created a comprehensive list of contaminants that granular activated carbon filters (commonly referred to as GAC filters) are known to remove. Learn more about how carbon filters work and the difference between GAC and carbon block filters

When it comes to carbon block filters, their ability to remove contaminants depends on the filter micron rating of the filter. A variety of contaminants can be effectively reduced or removed by carbon block, including VOCs, THMs, mercury, chlorine, and more. Some carbon block filters rated at one micron or less (meaning they have very small pore size) are certified to remove lead, iron, arsenic, cysts, and coliform bacteria.

Carbon provides an excellent and proven application for the reduction or removal of the following contaminants:

Acetaldehyde

Acetone

Alcohols

Amy Acetate

Amy Alcohol

Antifreeze

Benzene

Bleach

Butyl Alcohol

Butyl Acetate

Calcium Hypochlorite

Chloral

Chloramine

Chloroform

Chlorine

Chlorobenzene

Chlorophenol

Chlorophyll

Citric Acid

Cresol

Defoilants

Diesel Fuel

Dyes

Ethyl Acrylate

Ethyl Alcohols

Ethyl Acetate

Ethyl Amine

Ethyl Ether

Gasoline

Glcols

Herbicides

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hypochlorous Acid

Insecticides

Iodine

Isopropyl Acetate

Isopropyl Alcohol

Ketones

Lactic Acids

Mercaptans

Methyl Acetate

Methyl Alcohol

Methyl Bromide

Methyl Chloride

Methyl Ethyl Ketone

Naphtha

Nitrobenzene

Nitrotoluene

Odors (General)

Oil-Dissolved

Organic Acids

Organic Esters

Organic Salts

Oxalic Acid

Oxygen

Ozone

PCB's

Pesticides

Phenol

Plastic Tastes

Potassium Permanganate

Propioic Acid

Propyl Acetate

Propyl Alcohol

Propyl Chloride

Radon

Rubber Hose Taste

Sodium Hypochlorite

Solvents

Sulphonated Oils

Tannins

Tar Emulsion

Tartaric Acid

Taste

THM's

Toluene

Toluidine

Trichlorethylene

Turpentine

Xanthophyll

Xylene

How Do Carbon Filters Work? >>

Learn more about how carbon filters work and why carbon filtration is used in almost every type of water filter system. From backpacking water filters, refrigerator water filters, shower filters, pitcher filters, or reverse osmosis water filters, carbon filtration is utilized in some way.