Omnia Mechanical Group

571 Timpson Place Bronx, NY 10455

Phone: 212-534-2500

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Water Filtration Solutions to Remove Unwanted Substances and Protect Your Plumbing

As the owner or manager of a property in New York City, you probably have to deal with dirty or discolored water from time to time, especially if tenants complain about it. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy these days to remove unwanted substances from the water you and your tenants use to drink, bathe, and clean. A great bonus to using water filtration solutions to do this is you will also be protecting your plumbing. Here’s the information you need about why water filtration is a good investment and what type of filter is best for your property.

The Benefits of Systemic Filtration vs. Point-of-Use Filters

Comprehensive filtration for greater efficiency and protection

You’ve probably seen point-of-use filters that attach to faucets to clean water. These are typically used to make drinking water healthier and better tasting. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with these POU filters, they have a few downsides:

  • They are designed to only remove certain impurities from water.
  • They are typically used in kitchen and bathroom sinks and don’t remove unwanted elements from the shower or bathtub.
  • They are not practical or cost-effective to install in large rental properties.
  • They don’t protect your plumbing like their whole-house counterparts.

The last item is a key reason why we at Sanitary Plumbing usually recommend comprehensive filtration versus spot filters. Whole-house filters are installed upstream from your water distribution points, meaning all your pipes and plumbing components, as well as your appliances, are protected from unwanted material like rust and sediment that can block pipes and clog valves.

Think of it like using an antibiotic. If you apply an antibiotic cream to your skin, you only treat the location where you apply it. But if you take an oral antibiotic, it treats your entire body, wherever unwanted pathogens lurk.

Types of Water Filters

Carbon filters

If your water has a chlorine odor or taste (chlorine is added as a disinfectant in New York), a carbon filter may be a good choice. You can also remove many pesticides and herbicides, which are sometimes present in trace amounts, with a carbon filter.

Carbon filters use a process called adsorption to operate. Water coming into your property first passes through activated carbon, which traps impurities. To remove chlorine’s cousins, chloramines, catalytic carbon is sometimes used instead of activated carbon.

Sediment filters

Because New York City has some of the oldest pipes in the nation, sediment can be a problem for property owners. Sediment filters are an ideal fix, as they remove rust, dirt, clay, and sand from the water supply. This type of filter is also popular with rural dwellers who face the same contaminants in their well water. It has been around since the Ancient Mayans, although of course perfected for modern use since then.

Sediment filters are mechanical filters, not chemical ones. Water moves through small pores that catch unwanted material before it travels to taps and appliances. The beauty of sediment filters is they can be used in virtually any property and can be combined with other types of filters for even greater cleansing of water.

Sediment filters are the kind we most often suggest for our clients in New York City who dislike discolored or dirty-looking water. We know they don’t just make their water look and taste better. These are the most protective filters when it comes to extending the life of a plumbing system, from shower valves to hot water boilers.

Ultraviolet filters

Ultraviolet light kills certain living organisms, especially pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. It does this by damaging the DNA of these microorganisms so they cannot reproduce. With recent concerns about virus transmission in New York City and around the world, ultraviolet filters are growing in popularity. Like sediment filters, ultraviolet filters can be added to other filtration for more comprehensive water cleansing.

Acid neutralizers

New York City water tends to be slightly alkaline – just above the neutral point of 7 on the pH scale. However, water can be more acidic (below a pH of 7) in places where rainwater or other sources affect well water. Acid neutralizers use calcite to make water more alkaline, which is desirable because it causes less corrosion and damage to metal plumbing.

Water Softeners

Water in New York City is overwhelming on the moderately soft side, meaning it has a lower level of calcium- and magnesium-based compounds that can accumulate in plumbing and form mineral scale, which narrows pipes, wrecks valves, and clogs spigots. However, according to a recent Department of Environmental Protection report, there are a few spots where water from the Croton water supply enters the city, and it’s assessed as moderately hard. In this case, a water softener may be needed.

Water softeners trap unwanted minerals with salts or resin beads to exchange ions with them and render them harmless in your water. If you notice lime buildup on your taps, difficulty getting soap to foam, or a dingy film on your laundry, you may have hard water. Hard water can also be damaging to plumbing, like sediment, so you don’t want to hesitate to deal with it.

Do you have brown, rusty, gritty, smelly, or bleach-y water? Have you noticed your appliances or plumbing fixtures aren’t working properly? Don’t wait until your plumbing pays the price, especially if sediment is a problem. Contact Sanitary Plumbing to discuss a filtration system for your home or apartment building. You can reach us at 212-734-5000, or use our online contact form to set up an appointment for further discussion and assessment of your water problems.

Our Privacy Policy

Omnia Mechanical Group(the “Company”) strives to ensure the highest standards for property listings and customer information privacy. Please review the following statement to learn about our company practices and policies. Please be aware that our Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time.

1. Purpose.

This Privacy Policy (“the Policy”) provides information on how the Company uses your personal information. By agreeing to the Policy, you agree to our collection and use of your personal information as described in the Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective for all new users of

2. Personal Information.

You can browse some areas of (“the Website”) without being a registered user. However, certain activities do require registration. (You consent to the transfer and storage of your information by registering with

3. Use of Information.

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe and user-friendly experience. For example, the Company may use your personal information to:

  • Improve our services and the Website’s content and layout;
  • Provide the services and necessary customer support you request;
  • Resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;
  • Track and record customer satisfaction with our services;
  • Protect the Company against error and fraud;
  • Inform you of special promotions and announcements;
  • Enforce our agreements, terms, conditions, and policies; and
  • As otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

We may occasionally ask you to complete optional surveys. These surveys are used to improve and customize your experience with

The Company always provides you the ability to opt-out of further communication such as promotions and surveys; see the Opt-Out section below.

The Company does not share any of your personal information with outside organizations, companies, individuals, etc. The only exception to this standard is if such a disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to any and all legal processes.

4. Links to Other Sites.

The Website may have links to other websites that may collect personally identifiable information about you. The Company is not responsible for the privacy practices of the content of those linked websites.

5. Safety & Security Precautions.

The Website has strict security measures in place to protect you and your information from fraud. Once your information is provided to Omnia Mechanical Group, we strive to ensure the confidentiality of your identity and information.

6. Opt-Out.

The Company provides you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving promotional and other non-essential, marketing-related communications from Omnia Mechanical Group. If you would like to opt-out of these select communications, please see any of the Company’s email communications and follow the directions indicated.

7. Account Protection.

Your password ensures the security of your account. When choosing a password, the Company suggests using various characters. It is highly recommended that you do not disclose your password to anyone. (If you do disclose your password or your personal information with others, you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account.) If the security of your password is compromised for any reason, please contact the Company immediately.

8. Accuracy of Information

The Company does not guarantee the accuracy of information for any and all of its properties on the Website, and is not responsible for any errors or misrepresentations (made by Renters, the Client, or otherwise).

9. Cookies

The Company may place a small cookie on your computer’s hard drive. This allows us to personalize your use on the Website. In order to maximize the functionality and usability of the Website, you must set your browser’s preferences to allow both permanent and temporary cookies.

10. Changing Your Personal Information.

Should your personal information change, please immediately update your information on the Website. This will ensure the accuracy of our records. The Company does retain personal information from closed accounts in order to comply with law and collect and disburse any fees owed.

11. Third Parties

This Privacy Policy addresses only the use of information we collect from you. Since does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties. It is advisable that you consult with the management of third parties before you disclose your personal information to others.

12. General

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Website. All amended terms are immediately effective after they are initially posted on the Website.

13. Privacy Policy Questions & Concerns

Questions and/or concerns regarding the Policy should be emailed to the following email address: