Quality Water Filters 4 You Posting Page
Monday, July 12, 2010
The United States has some of the safest drinking water on the planet, yet problems still persist in many areas. Odor and taste problems are two of the most common. Other issues such as chlorine and mineral content are also fairly common in many parts of the country. One of the best ways to affordably remove these problems from household water is through the use of an in-line water filter.
Installing an in-line water filter is easy and can be accomplished by most homeowners, using only a few simple hand-tools. The following is a basic set of instructions for the installation of an in-line water filter. They are NOT meant to replace the manufacturer's instructions, which you should follow carefully once you have your water filters on-site.
The first step is to determine where the filter will go. Most homes place the water filter under the sink in the kitchen, but you can place an in-line water filter at any tap in the house, including the bathroom.
The water filter will go onto the cold water supply pipe, so you will need to locate that as well. You should try to install the water filter between the cold water cut off valve and the faucet.
If you have a cold-water shut off valve under the sink, turn the water off. If you do not have a shut off valve, turn the water off at the meter.
Generally, you will need to cut off about three inches of the cold water piping, but, again, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on the type of pipe you have, you will need to use the appropriate cutting tool.
Once the cut is made, install the water filter as instructed. Make sure you install it in the proper direction. Look for the words "IN" or "Inlet". This side must be connected to the water supply side. The other side of the filter will say "Out" or "Outlet" and must be connected to the faucet side of the pipe.
Before you secure the water filter to the cabinet or wall, make sure you locate it so that you can easily change the filters out when needed. Some in-line water filters require you to unscrew the sump top, so, again, make sure you have plenty of room for that future job now.
If needed, place a filter into the sump portion of the water filter and secure it in place.
Mount your water filter using the bracket (normally included with the water filter).
Turn the water on and look for leaks. Allow the water to run a few minutes in order to flush out the new filter and pipes.
Note: It is a very good idea to jot down the date you install the filter. This information will be useful later on when you need to change the filter media.
by: Chris Tracey