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Installing Your Water Filter

Once you have decided on a whole home water filter, you will need to install it, here is how you can go about doing it:

1. Make Sure You Have A Shutoff Valve – Both the supply side and house side of the filter need to have shut off valves before you can begin – if you are missing a shut off valve you will need to install this first. Once this is taken care of, you will have to turn off the main water supply to the house and drain as much water as you can from the system.

2. Choose A Location – It’s a good idea to put the filter next to a shut off valve, and it’s important that it is in a spot that is easy to access for when you need to change the filters.

3. Cut The Pipe – Mark the pipe where you will need to fit the filter, and cut it. Watch out for any access water that might spurt out when the pipe is cut.

4. Attach the Fittings & Install Filter – At each connection point slide on a nut and compression rings and then tighten the nuts. Install the filter so that the water enters at the “in” point and exits at the “out” point. This may seem like common sense but can easily be missed, and the filter will not work properly if it is installed backwards. Next turn on the water and check for leaks.

5. If Necessary Add A Jumper Cable – Check if your electrical panel has a ground wire attached to the pipe or a rod in the ground. If it’s attached to the pipe you’ll need to attach a jumper cable to prevent the filter from interfering with the ground path.

6. Change Filter As Needed – Depending on what water filter system you purchase, you will need to change the filter every so often. Make sure you keep up with changing the filters as needed to ensure your filtration system is working efficiently.

Do You Need a Water Filter For Your Whole House?

Many people do not realize the amount of contaminants that are in their water. Water contains contaminants of some form, ranging from natural minerals to man-made chemicals and by products. Wells and public water supplies can both contain disease causing pathogens, hazardous household products and agricultural chemicals. Small amounts of contaminants will not cause immediate illness, but prolonged exposure over time will increase the risk of chronic health effects. And water that is treated with chlorine isn’t safe for us either, as chlorine is a known cancer causing agent. One solution to reduce the dangers of the water in your home is to install a whole home water filtration system, which will ensure your drinking water and utility water is safe for consuming and showering. Here are some things you should consider before purchasing a whole home water filter system:

whole home water filter system1. Know What Your Contaminants Are – Different filters are specially made for different things, so an important first step would be to have your water tested to find out what your contaminants are so you can choose the system that best fits your needs.

2. Cost – Whole house water filters can vary a lot in cost – ranging from about $700 – $8,000 – so you will want to look at your budget and do your homework before purchasing. Make sure you look at long term costs as well, including how much replacement filters cost and any other parts that may need to be replaced.

3. Performance – You will want to make sure your filtration system features a multi-stage filtration process. Two types of filter media are needed to trap different kinds of sediment and contaminants. You also want to make sure that there are high quality materials used in the filters so that they work more efficiently.

4. Certification – Make sure your water filter is certified by the association in your country that has the strictest standards for water filtration. This will ensure that you have a product that meets industry standards.

5. Look at Reviews – Anytime you make a big purchase it’s a good idea to look at reviews from others who have bought the product you are looking at. If other customers are generally happy with the product then chances are you will be too. It’s also a good idea to look at water filters that have been around for awhile so you can get a good idea on how long they will last.

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