We all want our water to be clean and tasty, whether it comes from a municipal water supply or a well.
When that is not the case it is nice to know that we have better options than stocking bottled water.
A whole-house water filter is installed in the main water line, as it filters all the water that is running in the house.
It is a handy asset to any household, one that can save you many headaches and improve your living conditions.
Test the waters
Before getting busy, you should turn off the water supply and drain the system. It is advisable to turn on a faucet to relieve pressure in the line. We assume you have a filter ready- their types vary, but the process is similar. I had no trouble finding suitable water filters in Sydney, and I guess your local shops are well-equipped as well.
The next step is to determine the location for the filter. It is best if it is an accessible one and close to the shut off valve. When you have marked the spot, use a pipe cutter to make two cuts and then cut the whole section of the pipe. A mini version of this tool will do the trick if you are operating in a tight space. Also, place the bucket underneath to prevent the water dripping on the floor.
Pay attention to any burrs that may have remained inside and remove them. The pipe should be then ready to attach some brass fittings, a compression nut and ferrules. Make sure there’s a good seal between the fittings and the filter port and that the former are well-tightened, but not over-tightened. Screw the fitting into head cap and use adjustable wrench to secure it.
Ins and outs
The filter should be installed in between two ferrules in such a way that the water enters the “in” port, which is usually closer to the water meter, and exits through the “out” one. You are going to need wrenches next to tighten the fittings, while compression nuts can be hand-tightened onto the fitting bodies. You might need adaptor on both sides of the filter to join the size and type of the filter.
If a ground wire of the electrical panel is attached to the pipe, then a jumper cable is needed to stay on the safe side. All it takes is to install grounding clamps on either side of the water filter and run a thick wire from one clamp to another. This will prevent the filter from interfering with the ground path.
It’s finally time to turn on the water and see if you got it right. There should be a special handle in a filter kit which you can use to turn the inlet valve to the “off” position. After a short period, return it to the starting position and check for leaks. Do some tightening if you find any problems and make sure the dripping stops.
Even if everything is running smooth, note that you will have to change the cartridge every now and then. Those who still have any doubts can find many video tutorials and guides online. Following step-by-step instructions is easy and even beginners should be able to pull it off.
So fresh, so clean
A whole-house water filter treats all the water in your house. To install it, you need to assemble all the parts, prepare the necessary tools and get familiar with the process. So, mark the spot, take your time and pay attention to detail. Check everything before turning on the water for good. Just don’t shy away from installing the filter yourself because it is not as hard as many people think. Go ahead and treat yourself with clean and clear water that will satisfy all your household needs.