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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
For those with enough money to set up the system, whole house water filters are the ultimate solution to obtaining clean water for drinking, cooking, and washing. Though these systems will set you back several hundred dollars or the equivalent in local currency, and up to several thousand for massive systems, they also provide fully filtered water to every pipe in your home.

Clean, filtered water gushes from every faucet in the building when a whole house water filter is in place, not just a specific tap and perhaps the showerhead. This means that not only can you drink purified water when one of these systems is in place, but can also wash your hands in filtered water, take showers or baths in it, and even flush your toilet with it if you so desire.

Whole house water filters range from eighteen inch to two foot plastic cylinders all the way up to large upright cylinders made out of stainless steel that stand up to five and a half feet tall. The cellar is the usual spot for installing these filter systems – protected from winter cold, close to the pipes that carry water through the house, and out of the way while still conveniently nearby for maintenance and repair.

Water filters of this size include many layers of filtration, sometimes dozens of them. Their very size allows the designers to build multiple media into the filter, and to make each of these “sub-filters” robust in its own right. This is partly needed to cope with the volume of water that a typical house uses, but it also provides the highest quality filtering possible outside huge commercial filters that are far out of the reach of ordinary homeowners.

Installation of a whole house water filter is a medium sized plumbing project. If you have a knack for such things, this makes a good full-weekend project, preferably with family members not involved in it off visiting somebody who has a water supply.

The first step is to close off the whole house's water supply, using the main shutoff for the system. Follow the instructions for cutting a section out of the pipe, using a pipe cutter. Take off burrs with the reamer blade, then install the filter's inlet and outlet pipes as precisely as possible. Whole house water filters typically have a “bypass” option as well, allowing you to send water directly into the house without passing it through the filter.

Once your installation is complete, run water through the filter and also through the bypass to ensure that everything is in working order. Keep a faucet open upstairs so that trapped air can exit the pipes rather than bursting them when water returns to the system. These large water filters have cartridges with a capacity of 100,000 gallons on average, though it is recommended that the cartridge should be changed once a year even if your usage is somewhat less.


by: Chris Tracey

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