How to Install Your Whole House Water Purification System

For some people, putting in an under-sink water filtration system just isn’t good enough. In those cases, one could install a water purification system so that it is safe to take showers and do laundry, in addition to drinking the water. Here are the steps you need to take when installing a whole house water purification system.


Decide Where and How to Install It

The first thing you need to do is determine where you want to install the water purification system. Verify that there is sufficient space for the unit to be installed. Make sure you can access the pipes at that location, since installing a water filtration unit requires cutting the pipes nearby and installing a new shut-off valve. You’ll also need enough clearance beneath the filter tank to be able to remove and replace the cartridge.

Decide now what you want to install along with the water filtration unit instead of trying to wedge it in at the last minute. Visit a site like Water Filter Answers for advice on secondary or complementary systems like water softeners and water filter pitchers.

Mark on the pipes where you want to install the water filtration system. Verify that you’ve marked the exact width of the section of pipe to be cut, since cutting a wider section will necessitate repairs.

Prepare the Site

First, turn off the water supply to the house. Second, at the lowest point of the home, open the faucet to drain as much water as possible from the system. However, make sure that you have a bucket on hand before you do so. After this is done, you can cut the pipe where you’ll be installing the water filtration system.

Begin Work

Cut the pipes at the selected location with a pipe cutter. Next comes attaching the fittings. Tighten the fittings on the filter until they’re tight but don’t over-tighten them. Then you can position the filter. Make sure the filter is installed correctly; the in port will be closer to your water heater while the out port will be pointed towards your water heater. Once the water filter is positioned properly, tighten the compression nuts that hold it in place.

Turn on the Water

The water filtration system kit should come with a special handle used to turn the water inlet valve. When the filter is properly installed, use this tool to turn the valve to the off position. Then turn the valve to the “filter” position. Check the filter for leaks as the tank fills with water and starts filtering. If the compression fittings or filter housing leaks, tighten the associated hardware until it stops dripping. Once you know that there is no dripping, you can install the jumper wire to restore electrical ground. Then put away your tools; this is a good time to decide where to put the spare filters and any tools needed to replace the filters, because your next task is noting when you’ll need to change the filters.

Installing a water filtration system can be a do it yourself project. Simply take the time to plan the project and do it right to avoid becoming yet another horror story. If you aren't comfortable with your DIY skills and are uncomfortable with this, you can always find a qualified plumber.  

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