A Guide to PFAs, PFOA and PFOs

Have you heard of PFAS, PFOA and/or PFOs? If you’re like most people, you have no idea what these are… So here’s a chance to learn about them.


PFAs are man-made chemicals that can have a negative effect on a person’s health. They were created to repel stains along with water, oil and fire, so companies used them in non-stick products, polishes, waxes, stain-resistant fabrics and more. They were phased out in 2000, but still have a residual impact on the environment, even today. For instance, PFAs can still be found in some water supplies across the continent! If you live near an industrial site where PFAs were used to make certain products, or you live near a place like an airfield or oil refinery, you might have PFAS in your water.


How about PFOA and PFOs? These were chemicals that were used in a variety of items, including leather-coating sprays, household cleaning products, pesticides, carpet stain repellent, etc. Like PFAs, they were found to harm people’s health and have a negative effect on the environment… While they’re not used in America at this time, they are still used internationally so you might come into contact with them through carpets, textiles, packaging, rubber and plastics. Oh, and PFOA and PFOs can be found in drinking water, too, though governments have decided what’s an “acceptable” level for these chemicals in drinking water.

Contaminated Water Can Cause Serious Issues

When a person has a build-up of bad chemicals in their bodies it can lead to reproductive health issues, cancer, thyroid imbalances, and cardiovascular concerns.

If your drinking water tastes “off,” has an unpleasant odor and/or isn’t clear, you might have water quality issues. If you’re worried about PFAs, PFOA or PFOs, you can filter those chemicals out of your water! Shell Water Systems offers water softener and filtration systems– why not call 1-866-341-6220 and ask about them? You can also email info@shellwatersystems.com.

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Feel free to contact us and we are happy to help you determine what the best solution is for you! Or, first determine your need for water treatment. Once you have determined what you are targeting and what you want to filter then you can begin to choose products. You need to research what media is inside the tank, that is what filters the water. We use a specially designed tank to prevent channeling of media and maximize pressure throughout the home. We also give you more media inside the tank than any of our competitors to ensure every single drop of water is filtered.

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Our team has listened to customers for over 15 years. We took our customers feed back over the years and created cost effective water treatment for families. We gathered data and feedback and created each and every unit through voices of our consumers. We worked through trial and error and perfected an affordable solution, easy maintenance, and long lasting unit!

We lead the industry in technology, deliver high quality grade media to ensure every drop of water is filtered! We offer Bluetooth technology, WQA Certified Gold Seal Valve, Vortech Technology, MOST IMPORTANTLY our media tanks match in size and we give you roughly 15% more media inside the tank to ensure your water is being filtered! Media is the most expensive part of water treatment! It is what filters your water and we have peace of mind knowing you have enough media to truly filter the water. Our tank technology saves you salt and money! We use a high flow design maximizing our high efficiency control valve. No need for gravel, eliminates channeling, and requires 30% less backwash than a traditional softener. This increases the softening capacity due to improved flow through the media bed. Environmentally friendly, reduction in backwashing time, saves you money!